7 Hilarious Ways To Eliminate Food In Your Kid’s Room

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Funny MomHacks to Stop Kids from Leaving Food and Dirty Dishes in Their Bedrooms

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As a mom, you already have a million things on your plate (no pun intended). The last thing you want to deal with is constantly finding food and dirty dishes scattered throughout your kid’s bedroom. But fear not, dear moms, because we’ve compiled a list of seven hilarious ways to deal with this common problem.

Image is of dirty, messy plates with leftover gross disgusting food left on floor that kids left out

1. The Pest Scare

Leave a few pieces of dark rice out and tell your kid that they’ve attracted mice. Bonus points if you can get your hands on some toy mice to leave as “evidence.”

Try this When Kids Leave Dirty Dishes and Food in their Rooms

2. Leftover Food Art

Turn their dirty dishes into a work of art. Use the leftover food to create a masterpiece on their plate, then proudly display it on their nightstand as a reminder to clean up after themselves.

3. Pull a Neeson

One brilliant dad wrote on Reddit, “My teenagers refuse to put their dishes in the dishwasher,” says Redditor labuzan. “So I put this above the sink.”

His take on the Liam Neeson meme from the movie Taken reads, “

teenagers leaving dirty dishes and food in the rooms Dad writes this note photo of Liam Neeson in the movie Taken

I don’t know who you are.

I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for a maid to clean up after you, I can tell you I don’t do that.

But what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long lifetime. Skills that make me an expert in home Wifi systems and Cellular Data plans.

If you clean up your own kitchen mess, that’ll be the end of it.

I will not look for you. I will not pursue you.

But if you don’t, I will look for you. I will find you… AND I WILL DISCONNECT YOU.”

4. Make Them Pay

Set up a “restaurant” in their room and make them pay for their meals. Charge them an exorbitant amount for each dirty dish, and watch as they quickly learn the value of cleaning up after themselves.

5. The Consequences Jar

Every time your kid leaves a dirty dish in their room, make them put a dollar in the jar. Once the jar is full, they have to do something unpleasant, like cleaning the bathroom or doing an extra chore.

6. The Science Experiment

Leave the dirty dishes in their room for a week and see what kind of gross, moldy creations you can come up with. Your kid will definitely think twice before leaving their dishes out again.

7. The Cleaning Service

Hire a cleaning service and bill the kids for it. Okay, this one might not be as funny, but it’s definitely an effective solution. Your kid will quickly learn to clean up after themselves when they see the cost of hiring someone else to do it for them.

So there you have it, moms – seven hilarious ways to deal with kids who leave food and dirty dishes in their rooms. Good luck, and may the cleaning force be with you.

Getting Real

There are a wide variety of reasons why kids and teenagers leave food in their rooms. Here are a few possibilities:

  • They might be busy with school, extracurricular activities, or social events, and don’t have time to properly clean up after themselves.
  • They might not be used to taking responsibility for cleaning up after themselves, especially if they’ve always had someone else do it for them.
  • They might not fully understand the consequences of leaving food out, such as attracting pests or mold and bacteria.
  • They might be trying to assert their independence and might see cleaning up after themselves as a chore that their parents can take care of.

It’s important to communicate with your kids about the importance of cleaning up after themselves and taking care of their living space. Setting clear expectations and consequences can also be helpful in encouraging them to clean up after themselves.

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