Mum fed up with the mess turns to the internet for help.
The desperate mum shared, “My teenage son’s room is DISGUSTING!
“It’s so smelly and is probably harbouring old food and other unidentified revolting things.
“Besides burning it down, how can I get rid of the stench? Any ideas for getting rid of the mess?”
Mums share helpful advice
One mum shared, “You don’t need ideas, he does. Take away all of his electronics, and he doesn’t get them back until his room is clean. Open his window, and tell him to change his bed…the smell will go away.”
Another said, “No food, etc in room. Make HIM clean once a month and do HIS washing etc. Otherwise close the door and walk away.
Mums house rules and my brothers and I survived.”
“Make him clean his room! It’s your house and you’re the parent, you only lent him his room, he doesn’t own it unless he pays for the electricity, food and board. Regardless of that, he needs to respect the rest of the family and clean up after himself”, wrote another.
“No anything until he respects the roof you put over his head, the bed he sleeps in every night & the clothes you have bought to cloth him. Its quite easy taking control of lazy dirty teenagers. You are the boss & his mum but you are not his slave”, said another.
We loved Jen’s answer, “I got sick of asking, nagging, and screaming one day so I just casually dragged the wheelie bin the long way through the house and parking it in his doorway. I told him he had a 10 minute headstart while I had a cup of tea but after that anything on his floor was considered discarded and would be dealt with. You’ve never seen a quicker moving kid. But I don’t bluff so that probably had a lot to do with it. I’ve thrown them out of the car and made them walk home, put their dinner down the disposal and cut the cord off the PlayStation, and drowned an ipad so it may not reap the same reward in your house lol.”
Alison also had a great idea, ” If mine doesn’t keep his room clean I turn off the wifi works a treat ! Just find his “currency” they all have something that you can take off them.”
Sascha suggested, “Just get rid of the kid?? of course just joking! I find taking phone/ PlayStation works a treat. As soon as the mess is cleaned properly they can have their stuff back.”
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