Q: I am a single mother of four boys. How do I get them to pick up after them? Do you guys and boys not understand what a hamper is?
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A: I'm with you mama because I'm a clean freak. Never met a vacuum cleaner I didn't like. I didn't have much growing up as a kid but my mom and grandmom taught me to be appreciative of what I did have and to clean up after myself. It's a simple matter of self respect. Maybe your guys just assume that you'll continue to pick up after them. I'd dump all the trash from the house in their room until they got the message, but it's not cool for moms to act like that. So the next best thing would be to leave the laundry basket on their beds and tell them to take it to the basket for Charles. If that still doesn't work just leave them little reminder notes from the "Pick Up Pixie" on their pillows. Guys hate to be treated like little babies, but maybe that's the pick up they need.