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Top 10 Things Kids Mean When They Say They’ve Cleaned Their Room

Top 10 Things Kids Mean When They Say They’ve Cleaned Their Room

by Gina Valley

Every once in a millennia a child is born who enjoys cleaning his or her room, and keeps it tidy.

During alternate millennia a child is born who is truthful about the condition of his or her room.

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To children, being asked to pick up their toys is akin to being asked to stand in a fire and rub broken glass into their eyes.  So, as one might expect, they tend to be less than totally enthusiastic, quite uncooperative, and not-so-much honest when instructed to tidy up their domiciles.

Have you ever asked a child if he or she has cleaned her room?  If so, you, my dear reader, as you know, have been lied to.

Kids may say they’ve cleaned their room, but that’s not at all what they mean.

Top 10 Things Kids Mean When They Say They’ve Cleaned Their Room

#10.  I played with every toy I own, and then dropped each one right back on the floor where it was.

#9.  I found the box of chicken nuggets dad bought me last week, in my toy chest.  They were a little hard, but after I sucked on them long enough, they were pretty good.  Now my room doesn’t have that weird smell.

#8.  If you open any drawer or the closet in my room you will probably come face to face with an explosion, because I shoved the 900 cubic yards of mess in my room into them, and it wasn’t easy.

#7.  I have successfully rescued Princess Peach and beat the Mario Bros game.

#6.  I fell asleep on my bead and woke up with gummy Lifesavers stuck to my face.

#5.  I have perfected my aerial triple flip off my bunk beds.

#4.  I made a path almost all of the way down to the floor, from the door halfway to my bed.

#3.  My frog isn’t missing anymore, but he seems kind of crispy.

#2.  I found that cool Lego ship I built with the pieces I got by taking apart my brother’s Lego castle set after last Christmas, but he stepped on it, but I just spent the last 2 hours rebuilding it, so it’s ok now, so don’t worry.

#1.  I have in no way, by any stretch of the imagination, cleaned my room, but I will insist that I have until it makes your ears bleed.

Laugh Out Loud!


Did you keep your room tidy when you were young?  Do the littles in your life keep tidy quarters?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

4 Responses
  • I love this! For me it doesn’t apply to the bedrooms as much as it does the family room. This is the room where are the kid’s DVDs and Wii games are, along with a toy box full of toys. There are a million Nerf darts on the floor at all times along with a bazillion Legos. I have personally cleaned this room only to have it look like a pigsty again in a matter of minutes. My house is the hang out house so it is not unusual to have 6-7 boys down there at any one time. I have abandoned all hope. My boys are told daily to “tidy” it up, but they just trash it again in the blink of an eye!

  • The Redneck Princess
    August 16, 2013

    My room was always pretty clean as a kid….my brother’s and now both of my sons rooms…not! I found the most effective way to make them clean up was to threaten that I was going to go in and gut some stuff out. Worked every time:)

  • Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes
    August 16, 2013

    Sadly, it doesn’t get any better as they grow to teens. Especially the #1, they just get more convincing at saying it. 🙂 At least that’s the way it is around here.

  • Anna T. Baumgartner
    August 20, 2013

    After 20+ years of being a parent, I finally stumbled onto a solution that works for us–a simple rule to keep only clothing and accessories, alarm clock and musical instrument in the bedroom! Everything else goes somewhere else in the house. There are no closets or shelves where the extra stuff would fit, even if the rule is ‘forgotten’.

    Think about it…when other kids come over and go into the room to play, the fun stuff isn’t there and has to be taken in from somewhere else, thereby slowing down the process whereby toys and stuff end up all over the bedroom floor.

    This was instituted after a move to a new place…probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Yes, there is messiness in the rest of the house, but it’s a lot more manageable because it gets the whole family involved to tackle piles of stuff together.