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This Ridiculously Simple Hack Will Make Sure Your Kid Cleans Up Their Toys

Put them in "Toy Jail."

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One mom came up with the perfect solution for kids who refuse to clean up after themselves. A recent Instagram post shows a plastic bin labeled “Toy Jail,” which holds toys hostage until children complete their chores.

“You left it out and I picked it up, I’ve got your stuff, you’re out of luck,” reads the message, written in permanent marker on the lid of the bin. “To get it back, please do a chore, then it’s yours, just like before.”

Shared by tutoring company Servidio Education Solutions on December 29, the caption also notes that the hack is a great way to keep the house clean and teach kids responsibility, particularly in light of the new year.

“With all that clutter from the holidays, you’re probably tired of picking up the toys around the house by now,” the post explains. “What a great time to teach the kids how to pitch in and do chores around the house. They won’t want to of course but if you create a toy jail, you’ll come out on top!”

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With all that clutter from the holidays, you’re probably tired of picking up the toys around the house by now. – What a great time to teach the kids how to pitch in and do chores around the house. They won’t want to of course but if you create a toy jail, you’ll come out on top! – What are your favorite sneaky ways to get the kids to pitch in? – #mom #mother #mommy #motherhood #momlife #candidmotherhood #motherhoodunplugged #specialeducation #specialneeds #specialneedsmom #momofboys #momofgirls #singlemom #momoftwo #momofthree #momoffour #supermom #autism #dyslexia #dyscalculia #workingmom #parenting #parents #parenthood #momproblems #parentproblems

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Other parents are loving the mom’s clever idea, commenting that they’re going to try it out for themselves. “I’m doing this. I’ll need a MUUUCH bigger box though,” writes one user. Many others agreed, with some adding that they would have to use locks on the bin, too, to keep their kids out.

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And other commenters confirmed that the “Toy Jail” is an effective solution. One mom said, “We’ve done this concept in the past before, it works well!”