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would a washing basket in the bedroom make any difference?

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theendoftheshowshow · 16/04/2016 09:54

I despair with dd she is just so untidy. I try and leave her room up to her but the clothes on the floor annoy me.

Our house is a long corridor upstairs and the bathroom is the furthest from her bedroom (I know, no excuse really) but was wondering if anybody had found that putting a washing bin in their dc's room made any difference to the clothes going in it?

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dementedpixie · 16/04/2016 18:31

Both mine have a pop up washing basket in their bedrooms as do dh/I.

Muskey · 16/04/2016 18:35

Dc has a washing basket in her room. I wished I could say it makes a difference , doesnt

Savagebeauty · 16/04/2016 18:35


cece · 16/04/2016 18:37

I have recently put a pop up one in DS1s bedroom. It has helped a bit - he now puts things into it when asked to and on the odd occasion had put stuff in it without being asked.

Fairylea · 16/04/2016 18:43

The washing basket will just overflow and become another place to dump stuff in in my experience.

I ask dd to bring anything she wants washed down, otherwise I don't wash it. That's it. Once a week I hand her a can of mr muscle and a duster and tell her to clean otherwise I will and I will chuck anything I find on the floor. Works so far!

SparklesandBangs · 16/04/2016 18:50

&In short no.

My DC are now 19&17 and have had washing baskets in their shared bathroom and their bedrooms since the were around 12, they have yet to use them properly and just throw their clothes on the floor of their bedrooms and bathroom.

I was nagging every week and getting some washing such as school uniform to wash, but a couple of years ago I stopped and taught them how to use the machine and left them to it.

Lonecatwithkitten · 19/04/2016 13:27

DD has one in her room, if it is not in the basket I don't wash it. A single experience of no clean knickers has endured that dirty clothes always go in the basket.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen · 19/04/2016 13:31

It helped with ds!

wonkylegs · 19/04/2016 13:32

Well the washing hamper is in our bedroom, next to DHs side of the bed. He still only manages to get his dirty clothes in it 50% of the time they are usually dropped just in front of it and he's a 40yo man! Even a washing strike or 2 hasn't solved that.
However my 8yo with prompting manages to pick clothes up at least every other day because otherwise he loses screentime (the worst thing ever apparently)

Unicow · 19/04/2016 13:34

Works with my youngest but not my older girls Hmm

ABetaDad1 · 19/04/2016 13:35

IME it makes no difference at all where you put the washing basket.

We have tried on the landing outside bedroom door - nope. Stuff just left on floor sometimes next to bin, plus clean and dirty clothes jumbled together on bedroom floor, in wardrobe too.

We tried next to shower room which is next to washer. No they take dirty clothes back upstairs and leave them.

Only a draconian threat of being sent to school and out to see friends with dirty clothes seemed to partially work.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel · 19/04/2016 13:37

Works with mine.
The only problem is that then when I give dd clean clothes she sometimes puts them back in the laundry basket because it's easier than putting them away Angry

Lonecatwithkitten · 20/04/2016 13:59

Ah that once happened to me I may have lost my reason, in fact there is a chance I cried, in my defence single parent work long hours and had just come off a truly horrendous on call. It worked DD was so shocked she has never done that again.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel · 20/04/2016 14:31

I don't blame you one iota. I would definitely put it in the top 2 or 3 most infuriating things my children have ever done, and I'm sorry to say she has done it more than once!

TheLesserSpottedBee · 23/04/2016 13:29

Never had this problem Grin I am a tyrant about it.

DCs are both boys aged almost 13 and almost 10. In fact after I redecorated Ds1's bedroom another Mum was here and I said I would show her his bedroom. She was shocked that my son would be willing to show someone his room. It is pristine.

Both children have a "worn it once" drawer that they put jogging bottoms or hoodies into everything else goes into the communal laundry baskets that are in the spare room. They are sorted into the different tubs, so whites, uniform trousers and jumpers, blacks, lights and darks.

We have had this system for years and they know I expect their floors to be clear every night and every morning. They have learnt that they lose "play time" if they do not keep their bedrooms tidy. They have done this for so long it is just an expected thing, like brushing teeth.

They have always had a playroom so all toys are in there rather than their rooms which I think helps keep them tidy.

coco1810 · 26/04/2016 18:51

😅 Not in my experience with DS. I now just leave it all until he runs out of clothes. That usually cures him for a few days. Now his 43 year old dad....... Still a work in progress!Grin

JulieSmith99 · 16/05/2016 15:32

I have a washing basket in my boys' room, and they do generally put clothes in there. It would improve things, but I think many would say you should solve the problem at source and attempt to find some punishment/reward system.

voluptuagoodshag · 27/05/2016 18:11

I have a washing basket just outside her room that she shares with DS. It has made a difference though still have to nag sometimes.

BackforGood · 27/05/2016 18:28

I found putting a washing basket on the landing, close to each of their bedroom doors, has helped. doesn't stop the floordrobe, but that tends to consist mainly of clean clothes

theendoftheshowshow · 30/05/2016 22:03

Just thought I'd update to say it has made no difference at all. I still have to nag for clothes to make it in Angry

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