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How To Get A Teenager To Pack

After 6 weeks of packing and moving a boatload of stuff while being unable to convince Dude that he really should get started, I finally figured out the best way to get a lazy teenager to pack his room:

  1. While he is at school, take everything out of his drawers, closet, desk, bookshelf and put it on his bed.
  2. When he gets home from school, tell him he has to do his homework then come see you.
  3. Let him answer the door when the UPS guy delivers his new airsoft gun and scope (Thank you UPS tracking!).
  4. Tell him he is NOT ALLOWED to touch those boxes until his room is packed.
  5. Sit in his room and direct the packing, cleaning, donating process (my only piece of advice . . . this is your stuff. Do with it what you want, but if you touch something, you either pack it, donate it, or put it away).
  6. Tell him that it’s time for baseball practice after he’s just finished cleaning out his room.
  7. Tell him that TOMORROW after school, he’ll be in there with you again going through his clothes.

When tomorrow comes and he realizes there’s a 2-hour snow delay, the lazy teenager will get up at 7:00 a.m. anyway and in record time filter though all of his clothes, donating, packing, and putting away. At precisely 8:00 a.m., he will be out in the living room inspecting his new airsoft gun.

Amazing how fast a boy can pack when given the proper incentive – 1hour and 40 minutes total once he put his mind to it :-)

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  1. Sue Boedigheimer says:

    too funny! You certainly are a good mother and motivated. Way to get things done.

    Love you,

  2. Shirley says:

    I’m sure both he and you feel much better now that it’s done!! Love…Mom

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