That is not what I meant!

Canada
March 6, 2016 10:56am CST
I got after the kids this morning. Picking up after themselves is a concept that is lost to them. After they thought they had cleaned up sufficiently, I said no, the job is not done. The bookshelves were a cluttered mess of books. The bins were overflowing with a mishmash of toys. I said I wanted everything organized and neat. What did they do? Empty everything all over the floor and make an even bigger mess than before! 20 minutes later they have not made any progress at all. It is going to be a long day!
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@marlina (71208)
• Canada
6 Mar 16
You have to put your foot down NOW.
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• Canada
6 Mar 16
Yep. I have let them get away with it for far too long. My 10 year old does help with pick up, but things generally get tossed into corners and onto shelves. Here is hoping we can break the habit.
• United States
6 Mar 16
Now that my daughter and her family have moved in with me, I'm having a hard time getting my grandchildren to pick up their shoes. I don't think organized & neat are in the vocabulary of youngsters.
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• Canada
6 Mar 16
I may need to give the kids a vocabulary lesson. Neat, organized, responsibility, and I am sure a number of others!
@Daljinder (21017)
• India
6 Mar 16
Lol!! You have a long day ahead... Needs to make them learn few things ...
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@T_gray (7841)
• Salina, Kansas
6 Mar 16
Get on them. Make then stay in there until the work is done.
• Canada
6 Mar 16
I am certainly trying. Right about now I am very tempted to get garbage bags and chuck it all.
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@T_gray (7841)
• Salina, Kansas
7 Mar 16
@Morethanamom my dad did that to me once when I was young. Taught me a lesson, that's for sure
@jaboUK (53413)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 16
I'm afraid that kids and tidiness don't go together!
@Platespinner (16532)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
6 Mar 16
Some of my kids are better than the others at picking things up and keeping things organized.