Mum's genius hack to get kids to clean up their toys

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Getting kids to clean up after themselves can be a hard task for any parent.

But thankfully one mum may have just solved all our troubles with this GENIUS hack that not only encourages children to put their toys aways, but also makes them do a household chore while they’re at it. 

Shared on Instagram by a tutoring company,  it was revealed that any toys left out will end up in a plastic bin the mum calls “Toy Jail”. 

And in order to get them back, her kids must complete a few jobs around the house. 

Source: Instagram/servidio_education_solutions

On the box she has also written a little message that reads: “You left it out and I picked it up, I’ve got your stuff, you’re out of luck”. 

“To get it back, please do a chore, then it’s yours, just like before.”

And what do you know, it even rhymes!

Fellow parents loved the idea with one commenting: “This is the solution to my problems!!!” 

“Great idea but don’t think I have a container big enough,” another said.

Source: Getty

However, it’s not the only nifty cleaning hack that’s been going around lately when it comes to children’s toys.

Another trick is to lay a sheet on the floor where your child intends to play so that at the end of the day you can bundle up all the toys in the one go – by bringing together the corners of the sheet – and store them away until next time.

Meanwhile, one mum swears by her hilarious ‘f***et bucket’ solution where any toys left strewn across the floor will go in the child’s bucket.

Then if the toy is still in the bucket at the end of a day’s play, instead of being put where it belongs, it will go to in the trash – harsh but effective. 


Today I got the kids fucket buckets ™️. If they leave it laying around, it goes in their bucket. If it’s still there at bedtime it goes in the bin because fucket if I’m cleaning it up.

Posted by Mishmash Moments – Jessica McGinty on Friday, October 5, 2018

But if it’s the ever so painful lego that you want to clean up, one Aussie mum revealed a simple Kmart product will make the process quick and effective – only it’s not what you might think.

“Went and bought a pooper scooper today and it’s the best $8 I have spent for picking up my son’s Lego,” the mum shared on Kmart Mums Australia.

And one person thought it was the “BEST KMART HACK EVER!”

If this is a familiar sight in your house you might want to invest in a pooper scooper. Source: Getty

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