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    Default Are your kids messy?

    My kids (7yo and 9yo) are incredibly messy.
    They just drop things everywhere when they're done with them...shoes, clothes, bags, cups, plates etc etc etc
    Drives me crazy.
    I go into people's homes (im an aged care support worker) and their houses are so tidy. It makes me think its my dam kids.
    I tidy reguarly and im not a crazy uptight clean person. It would be nice though if things stayed tidy.
    The kids tidy their bedrooms every weekend but by tuesday theyre messy again.
    I work now during the day so dont have as much time to tidy. Its so irritating.
    It would be nice if i could just have people over without having to clean all the kid's crap up before hand. Actually, i just want my family to put their crap where it belongs. Grrr

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    sounds a lot like DS (13 yo). He will pick up after himself if told to but otherwise everything stays where he has it. It is something I'm working on fixing but am struggling to be consistent enough. Having said that, when I am unwell & struggling to even thinking about tidying/cleaning he tends to step up to do it - just takes him longer than me to notice). He actually prefers his room to be untidy as he knows where everything is but when he tidies it could end up anywhere

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    DP and I are constantly nagging three of our four kids. My 10yo DS is a bit of a neat freak, but 6yo DD, and 10yo DSS and 14yo DSS are messy. It drives me insane. You're not alone!

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    I laughed and showed DP this meme when I saw it recently. Can totally relate!

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    Hell yes, my DS is messy!

    We frequently end up with his toys and books left on our dining table.

    He rummages through his room for certain toys and leaves stuff lying around everywhere.

    The other night when I went to bed I found a pair of his discarded worn socks under my pillow. Gross!

    Just typing this has made me realise I should be making him more accountable for tidying up. He is good at following routine, so I think a tidy up before bed before we brush teeth can be fit into his schedule.

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    My DS was messy up until he moved out at 18 !!

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    Hell yes! Actually, dd4 (3 years) is pretty good, she almost always puts cups/plates etc in the sink when she is finished with them, unlike her sisters who leave them wherever and will pick up after herself if asked most of the time. The others though? Trying to get them to clean up *anything* is like getting blood from a stone. They spend longer arguing with me about having to do it than it would actually take them to do it Dh is possibly the worst offender of all though.

    Bedrooms I am pretty lenient with- I figure they are the ones who have to sleep in there so if it’s a pigsty they are the ones who have to deal with it. I draw the line at it being dirty though. The messier it is, the longer it will take them to clean it when they do clean it.

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    Teach them to go back and pick it up. Heck yes, it's a lot of "nagging" and repetition but they will learn. Generally my kids will put pyjamas away, hang up towels etc after many years of teaching them too, but otherwise with toys etc we just do a big "tidy up time" at end of day, rewarded with a tv show, so if you dropped by my place during the day it would be reasonably messy with kid's stuff.

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    Yes DS2 is very messy. He’s 5 and we’ve had some recent success with singing a tidying up song. They sing it at preschool when it’s time to tidy up and since I started doing it at home it’s been really great! He’s been far more amenable to assisting, it doesn’t feel like nagging and he usually starts singing along, so cute. I just keep repeating it until we have tidied up.

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    My kids are messy but they clean it.

    They get pocket money (not assigned to chores, they just get it) but if I have to do one of their chores then they have to pay me 50c from their pocket money.

    I have also read about putting everything they leave around the house in a box and they can’t get anything back from the box for a week or they have to do extra chores to earn it back. We are moving over the next week or so and renting a small house whilst we build and I will be definitely doing this once we are in the rental.

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