I was talking to a friend recently, when she mentioned her partner seems to have trouble putting his things away.

She then proceeded to ask if I could perhaps write a post on “How to Teach Your Son in His Early Years to not Make Piles of Crap” (her words, not mine).

I had a little chuckle to myself, and went on to explain to her that I hadn’t cracked the formula yet for husbands, boyfriends or significant others (you may remember a while back I wrote a post comparing how I do things around the house to how my husband does them, so I clearly don’t know what to do about it) but if I ever worked out the secret, I would be sure to let her know (plus, as a side note, picking up my husband’s stuff doesn’t really bother me… most of the time, just don’t tell him that shhhhhh!)

Then I got to thinking about a post I read a while back by Ashley from Under the Sycamore called “A Simple Question for a Tidier Home”.

Ashley has 5 kids and says that she manages to keep her house tidy using 1 simple question:

Who are you leaving that for?

The first time I heard this, I thought it was brilliant!

All you need to do, every time you see one of your kids put something down, is ask them “Who are you leaving that for?” and hopefully it will spark a moment of reflection for them, and kick off the habit of putting their things away.

But will this work for husbands, boyfriends or significant others?

I can’t say I know the answer to that. I suspect it would, but I haven’t tried it myself, so I’ll be interested to hear if it does work.

At the very least, it couldn’t hurt to give it a try, right!?

Have you tried this little trick before? Did it work for you? Do you have another simple strategy to get your kids (or partner) to put their things away?

Look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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