The Sunday Box technique: The solution to messy kids


The Sunday Box - a tidy kids technique

The Sunday Box is a flat-out game-changer for getting your kids to pick up their stuff. I know, I know, we say that kind of thing all the time and yet, here we still are, with a house that looks like a rubbish tip.

Give the Sunday Box a try. I promise you, this is a technique that really will make a difference. If you’re tired of picking up after the kids all day every day, you need a Sunday Box. If your kids are the kind of kids (like mine) who leave traces of themselves all over the house, you need a Sunday Box.

I’ve totally got my ‘mean mum’ voice going on there, haven’t I? But, let’s face it, messy kids is a very frustrating topic.

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So, here’s how the technique works. It’s so simple, but so effective.

•  Get a box (you will definitely need one bigger than the box I’ve used in the video 😂.

•  New rule at home: every evening before bed, the kids are responsible for picking up after themselves.

•  After they go to bed, do a quick whip-around. Anything that belongs to the kids that they haven’t picked up, you pick up and put into the Sunday Box.

•  If it’s in the box, it means it’s confiscated until Sunday, when you put the box out with all the toys and gear that you’ve collected that week.

•  If the kids fail to empty the Sunday Box on Sunday, anything left inside is donated to charity.

•  Let me tell you, that box gets cleaned out quick smart.

•  It also hardly ever gets full after the first couple of weeks – the kids miss their stuff more than you might think.

So, there you have it: my Sunday Box technique. We’ve been using it at our place for years and it works so well.

I hope it works just as well at yours.

Do you have a secret to keeping kids tidy to share with us?

The Sunday Box is a total game changer when it comes to tidy kids

Written by Bron Maxabella

Bron is the founder of Mumlyfe and is so happy to welcome you here. Bron has been writing in the Australian parenting space as Maxabella for more than 10 years and is mum to three mostly happy kids and wife to one mostly happy husband. Mostly happy is a win, right?

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