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How does one persuade their teenage boys to clean their bedrooms?
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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 24, 2008
    • That’s a tuffy. I used to live with a man years ago who was raising 3 teenage sons. I told them that I couldn’t possibly do the laundry until their dirty clothes ended up in the hamper. One tried to test me. He put his clothes on the laundry room floor. I opened the pocket door to the garage and scooted them out there with my foot. When he  couldn’t find them in the clean clothes pile he asked me about it. I told him they were in the garage because they were in my way. They needed to end up IN the hamper in order to get washed.
      Hope this helps




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      Coachmombabe wrote Sep 24, 2008
    • hahahaha! Sorry, I have had 2 teen boys. Hmmm, take away the car keys maybe? I just resorted to keeping their bedroom doors shut! Sorry, I’m not much help, am I?




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      Cheryl Phillips wrote Sep 24, 2008
    • I am a neat freak. I just kept going in and cleaning up after my son and making things SO organized it drove him nuts. So, finally, he decided to clean the room himself because it was easier than having me in there harassing him ;)




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      Deb Link wrote Sep 24, 2008
    • I’ll have to admit that a clean room was so important to me when my kids were young.  We’d battle back and forth over it.  Then one day after a long, tiring battle I decided that it wasn’t worthy my energy any longer.  I rationalized that there are more important things in life to be anal about.  I too, used the close the door method and life became more peaceful.  I did notice that both of my sons decided on there own that they would clean there rooms.  I think that this issue becomes an issue because of “testing the waters” by the teen.  They are trying to become more independent and this is the first and easiest way to assert themselves.  I’m sure that you’ll do like alot of us and realize that it isn’t worth any negative energy and that the world doesn’t come to an end when “their space” is a mess.  :)




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      Danihoney wrote Oct 1, 2008
    • I’m a door closer too, but they can’t have friends over if their room is a mess so that gets them busy. I have taken a rake and drug out the contents under their bed and piled it on their bed before. They hate that. Also I will not wash or pick up the clothes on their floor. If they want it washed they either do it them selves or put in the hamper where it belongs. I don’t put their clothes away or make their beds if I can’t walk around in there. I have them strip their beds then they get the linens back when they are clean. If they want help, their room can’t be a danger zone for me. I occasionally tell them their room smells, do something about it. I don’t make them clean it, but I drive them crazy sometimes over it.




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      Marie Hempsey wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • Door closer here as well. When they were little that was different , then it was my responsibility, now...i feel it is theirs! They make the mess, they have to live with it. Same with the room they made in the basement. They have their  big screen tv, dvd, playstaion and guitar and such down there with new furniture we bought them. It angers me, but i do not think any thing teaches them like making them live with their consequences. My biggest problem...it is my 2 youngest sons( ages 16 and 13) that share a bedroom and use the basement and one is Oscar and one is Felix...Tough for Felix but...every once in a while Oscar gets his butt kicked and helps felix...LOL
      Good luck with this. I pick my battles, i know all in all, they are great kids and if this is their worst problem and the worst i get from them...we are doing great!




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