Fed up with picking up after her kids, a mom “down under,” tried a creative experiment to see just how long they would leave trash on the floor if she stopped cleaning up.
The frustrated mother began to tape money to the underside of trash left around the house, including toilet rolls and pieces of paper, which have been discarded on the floor by her tots.
When the money goes unclaimed, she ups the stakes – meaning anyone who decides to lend a helping hand could find themselves rewarded with a small fortune.
Unfortunately for her family, they are yet to join in with the litter picking, leaving only their hard-working mom to claim back her own cash.
She posted the idea to Facebook, including a photo collage of finished toilet roll left lying on the bathroom floor, showing it left untouched, with a wad of bills taped to it — for a full seven days!
The text accompanying the post read, “If only someone else had thought to pick it up, they would have discovered a $20 note attached with the message ‘finders keepers!’”
Her caption continued: “Needing something to inspire kids and husbands to tidy up around the house? Clearly this game hasn’t worked here yet, maybe one day. For now, I’ll keep upping the prize money, knowing it’s coming back.”
Other parents who clearly recognized her struggle and wanted to try the game for themselves loved the post, which attracted more than 4,500 likes, as reported by the London Daily Metro.
One parent commented: “My kids would probably pick it up, take out the money, throw it back on the floor and forget about the entire purpose.”
A second replied: “The rolls would start to decompose in my house – no one would pick them up even if it saved their life.”
Another mum has adopted a less subtle approach in a bid to get her offspring to lend a hand with chores around the house.
After revamping her laundry area, she included a large sign to everyone else living in the home that reads: “Put your laundry away or I’ll punch you in the throat. Love mum.”
What about you? What creative ways have you used to try to get your kids to help around the house? Please reply using the comments below.