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My 7 year old is so messy she walks around the house and makes mess after mess, I am sick of picking up after her, has anyone got any hints and tips that they have used on their child to get them to p… Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
My 7 year old is so messy she walks around the house and makes mess after mess, I am sick of picking up after her, has anyone got any hints and tips that they have used on their child to get them to put things away when they have finished with something.

Thanks for any help.
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#1
If anyone has any that work, I'd love to hear. I have tried just about everything and I am still slave no 1 lol
#2
Stick it in a binliner til they ask for it back - thats what my mum used to do - they got a lecture bout keeping thigs tidy!
#3
say tidy up time?!
#4
Becksdawe
Stick it in a binliner til they ask for it back - thats what my mum used to do - they got a lecture bout keeping thigs tidy!


I tried this... my kids say to me.. "what am I? Materialistic?" And just dont care lol
#5
sharonwai
say tidy up time?!


works with the 2 yr old but not the teens lol
#6
I used to throw the toys in the bin if he didn't put it back but that was when he was younger......he's 8 now so he does it automatically now! :-)
#7
Put the kids in a tiny cage with no space for mess :) Haha.
#8
my 13yr old is the untidiest person i know i have tried everything,im now thinking of moving out as i have had enough:x:x
#9
Looks like adoption is your only option...



lol
1 Like #10
i made mine put their toys away from the age of two ish and made it into a game ...it worked till they got to their teens, i got sick of picking up junk so hid stuff for a week or so. That worked for a little while, now i just go round and whatever isn't in the right place gets dumped on their bed.
1 Like #11
RuthIess
Put the kids in a tiny cage with no space for mess :) Haha.


I tried this too with my eldest.. its called "the small bedroom" lol!

I've found.. several weeks old sandwiches... coffee cups with what used to be coffee in... an old glenfiddich bottle...several bottles of budweiser.. condoms ( unused, thank God ), dirty clothes, clean clothes... oh and him and his bed !

Nothin works... lol
1 Like #12
We had a "move it or loose it" box. Through the day i would pick up toys etc and put them in the box, then at a set time anything that was still in the box would be put in the bin (cupboard really). I was suprised how quickly it worked.
#13
We have four children which =s four times the mess. Put your shoes away, hang up your coats, pick up your toys etc etc etc
#14
I have tried eveything with her from throwing her things in the bin to putting her to bed, nothing seems to make a difference. Maybe I should make a mess like she does and we can all live in pig hole.lol
#15
*scooby*;5074237
We had a "move it or loose it" box. Through the day i would pick up toys etc and put them in the box, then at a set time anything that was still in the box would be put in the bin (cupboard really). I was suprised how quickly it worked.


Love this idea this might just solve my problem thanks for the hint. :)
1 Like #16
i know it sounds mean but i used to throw stuff away if it wasn`t put away properly, worked a treat, now they are teenagers i might have to start again though
#17
threaten to take a picture of her room and say you are going to show everyone in her class lol
#18
queenlush
threaten to take a picture of her room and say you are going to show everyone in her class lol


She would be sooooo proud of the pig sty of a bedroom, but made me laugh at the thought. :w00t:
#19
Mine are up there now,they been 'tidying' up for days now,I'm fed up of it. It's DS ban for eldest as I'm narked off with them,as for the youngest I told her I'm going sell the Disney Princess on Ice tickets on eBay.
1 Like #20
If you find anything that works, let me know - I have a dad who is exactly the same!!!

The 'throw the toys away' thing didnt work with my brother - he followed my parents out to the bin chute with some of his toys and helped them! They were gobsmacked!

Making it into a game or a competition seems to be the best way of doing it, alternatively start pocket money of a small amount, with 5p taken off every time something is left out or messy etc.
#21
I like the idea of taking part of their pocket money away but not sure if this would make a difference but it is worth a try .

Thanks for all of your helpful comments.
#22
JAYKAY72
I like the idea of taking part of their pocket money away but not sure if this would make a difference but it is worth a try .

Thanks for all of your helpful comments.


Taking a small amount sounds like nothing, but for every little thing it adds up, and when they get less at the end of the week it starts to sink in! Can also work in the opposite way, adding to it for helping tidy up generally
#23
I think this might work as she is learning about money value at school and by taking some of her pocket money away she would get alot less then her older sister who is very tidy.
#24
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Mine are up there now,they been 'tidying' up for days now,I'm fed up of it. It's DS ban for eldest as I'm narked off with them,as for the youngest I told her I'm going sell the Disney Princess on Ice tickets on eBay.


Nice to know I am not the only mother who's kids take days to tidy their room, it is very frustrating but I am not doing it for her as this defeats the object and she learns that if you leave it long enough mum will do it.
1 Like #25
JAYKAY72
I like the idea of taking part of their pocket money away but not sure if this would make a difference but it is worth a try .

Thanks for all of your helpful comments.


I had something similar with my Pocket money, but for chores and suff. I got £1.50 per week, every job i didn't do then 5p was taken off, it worked for a while, but then i realised that i could get away with doing absolutely nothing and would still be left with about 50p :-D

So if you're going to do that, make sure you work it out properly!! :thumbsup:
#26
sancho1983
I had something similar with my Pocket money, but for chores and suff. I got £1.50 per week, every job i didn't do then 5p was taken off, it worked for a while, but then i realised that i could get away with doing absolutely nothing and would still be left with about 50p :-D

So if you're going to do that, make sure you work it out properly!! :thumbsup:


Thanks for the tip will do.
#27
Im rather militant Im afraid, if its on the floor it gets stomped on and broken, to date I have only ever done it 3 times with eldest and he's 15 and never for the 6 yr old. I must admit ive upped the anti with the oldest in regards to his lip, he gets 1 warning and (ive not had to see it through) if he doesn't stop he knows I WILL throw tv/ps etc OUT OF THE WINDOW. Works a treat :-D:thumbsup:
they are clever little beggers and threats dont work, doing does.
#28
michelleleemoo
Im rather militant Im afraid, if its on the floor it gets stomped on and broken, to date I have only ever done it 3 times with eldest and he's 15 and never for the 6 yr old. I must admit ive upped the anti with the oldest in regards to his lip, he gets 1 warning and (ive not had to see it through) if he doesn't stop he knows I WILL throw tv/ps etc OUT OF THE WINDOW. Works a treat :-D:thumbsup:
they are clever little beggers and threats dont work, doing does.


I agree with this.. you cant threaten and then not carry out the threat, I'm way too soft to be honest and just dont threaten. Our kids say " Mums the tidy freak and Dads the health freak" lol!
#29
ClarityofMind
I agree with this.. you cant threaten and then not carry out the threat, I'm way too soft to be honest and just dont threaten. Our kids say " Mums the tidy freak and Dads the health freak" lol!


better than just freak though hehe, :-D
#30
michelleleemoo
better than just freak though hehe, :-D


Oh they just dont know about that bit lol

Though my 15yr old daughter is quite scary as she has a really rude sense of humour!

We were watching Dr Who when there's the two male doctors and Doctor Donna and Captain Jack says " I can't tell you what Im thinking right now " and she starts guffawing like a dirty minded young man, and my other daughter says, " why is that funny" and my elder one replied.... " I'll tell you when you're older!"

Ishhh!!!
1 Like #31
Anything not put away by a set time every day, tell them it's yours now, and lock it away, if they want it back they'll have to buy it off you.
#32
ClarityofMind
Oh they just dont know about that bit lol

Though my 15yr old daughter is quite scary as she has a really rude sense of humour!

We were watching Dr Who when there's the two male doctors and Doctor Donna and Captain Jack says " I can't tell you what Im thinking right now " and she starts guffawing like a dirty minded young man, and my other daughter says, " why is that funny" and my elder one replied.... " I'll tell you when you're older!"

Ishhh!!!


oh the joy of 15 yr olds! NOT. :-D:-D
#33
michelleleemoo
oh the joy of 15 yr olds! NOT. :-D:-D


Very scary. And I don't think I would have even understood it at that age... and I was baddd lol
#34
bruffterman
Anything not put away by a set time every day, tell them it's yours now, and lock it away, if they want it back they'll have to buy it off you.


Thats a great idea that will really make her think twice. :thumbsup:
1 Like #35
My kids have until 7.00 pm to clear the lounge and any other room they have dropped things in!! If it isn't back in their rooms then I pick it up and charge them at the of the week for doing their jobs. I have just started this - it works on my daughter - but my son who is 7 loves money and did sob a bit on Sunday when I charged him 70p out of £1 pocket money - I am hoping it will be a better next Sunday!! And yes - I did feel really mean - but I shall keep it going for a month and see if there is any improvement.
#36
I had a friend who would sneak down in the night and any clothes or toys he found laying around he would do weird stuff to them... like fill school uniform thrown on the floor with shaving foam...

The kids were told it was the tidy up goblins at work lol
#37
Another suggestion I was given was to pick up everything that hasn't been put away as asked into a big bin and put it in the garage until the following weekend! Unfortunately my hubby might lose more than the kids with this!!
#38
d-j mitch
My kids have until 7.00 pm to clear the lounge and any other room they have dropped things in!! If it isn't back in their rooms then I pick it up and charge them at the of the week for doing their jobs. I have just started this - it works on my daughter - but my son who is 7 loves money and did sob a bit on Sunday when I charged him 70p out of £1 pocket money - I am hoping it will be a better next Sunday!! And yes - I did feel really mean - but I shall keep it going for a month and see if there is any improvement.


Really good idea never thought about charging them for me doing their work. sounds good to me :thumbsup
#39
Put her in the garden after schhol to make a mess out there,

or take her to out of school activities until bedtime,

put her in childcare and get a job from 3 till 7 pm

or take her to her grandparents to make the mess and then come home to your lovely, tidy house at bedtime.
#40
d-j mitch
My kids have until 7.00 pm to clear the lounge and any other room they have dropped things in!! If it isn't back in their rooms then I pick it up and charge them at the of the week for doing their jobs. I have just started this - it works on my daughter - but my son who is 7 loves money and did sob a bit on Sunday when I charged him 70p out of £1 pocket money - I am hoping it will be a better next Sunday!! And yes - I did feel really mean - but I shall keep it going for a month and see if there is any improvement.


absolutley fantastic idea !!!

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