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:
- While he is at school, take everything out of his drawers, closet, desk, bookshelf and put it on his bed.
- When he gets home from school, tell him he has to do his homework then come see you.
- Let him answer the door when the UPS guy delivers his new airsoft gun and scope (Thank you UPS tracking!).
- Tell him he is NOT ALLOWED to touch those boxes until his room is packed.
- 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).
- Tell him that it’s time for baseball practice after he’s just finished cleaning out his room.
- 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