Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ransom Rubbage...

Gee, here is mom picking up the kids stuff for the gazillionth time...

Wait, what's this? I think mom has an idea...

It's called the ransom rubbage box.
If you leave your belongings out after one warning, mom takes it and puts it inside this box and you can't get it back until you draw a job from the envelope and do it!

Oh my, whats this? It looks as if Carson has failed to put his backpack away, well Carson, why don't you be the first to try out mom's ransom rubbage box!

He draws carefully and what does he get?

He's lucky, he got off pretty easy.

It sure is fun to watch!

I must admit it is working so far!
Here is part of the list for you to see how fun some of them are! For the complete list you can purchase
Clean out van
Clean out pantry
Pull weeds in back yard for 10 minutes
Pull weeds in front yard for 10 minutes
Rub dad’s feet for 10 minutes and do, ‘this little piggy’ to him.
Clean a sibling’s room
Wipe down kitchen bathroom toilet
Clean a bathroom mirror while singing any song.
Clean out silverware drawer
Wipe down outside of fridge and have a treat afterwards.
You are free but this is a WARNING!
Vacuum garage floor mats
Scrub upstairs bathtub
Give mom and dad a hug and say, “I will never leave my stuff out again.”


  1. LOVE IT! Especially the list of things they need to do to get their stuff back!!

  2. I like your style. . . :). I'm going to use some of your list!

  3. I love this!! I think this will be great for my growing family! Thanks!

  4. you just made my day... I LAUGHED SO HARD!! This is brilliant and your jobs are both helpful,teachable, and hysterical. I can just see my 9 year old son scrubbing a toilet and whistling!!! LOVE THIS!!!! :) Also, gonna buy me a little pig today too! ;)

  5. This is such a fantastic idea. Thank you so much! I just found a link to you via pinterest, and I can tell I'll be here a whole lot more. Thanks!

  6. I love this! Can't wait to get started!

  7. I just made mine! - Worried that the kids won't care about certain toys, (based on past experience) I told them that each Saturday, any toys still left in the box will be donated. They did NOT like that idea at all, but will be interesting to see if it is motivating. I hope so!

    We also found a pig!

    1. It was motivating for them - and my house is so much cleaner - :) Thanks so much again!

  8. OH MY GOODNESS!! I love this! My house will be clean in no time! I think I'll start right after school today!

  9. AWESOME idea! Just linked over from Ohdeedoh - such a great post:)

  10. You are brilliant. I am doing this asap. My son thought it looked fun to draw a task at first...until he got to scrub out the air vent with a toothbrush. haha! Thank you!!

  11. I'm a grandmother now, but I had a friend with 6 children who made her kids do a chore to get their stuff back (even homework). She said "Even a 3 year old can put napkins around the table"[to get her dolly back]. Your creative and entertaining list of chores is truly inspiring and FUN!

  12. I love this! My daughter's not quite old enough yet but when she is, I will definitely be doing this!

  13. my kids are grown! I wish I had done this!! Actually I have a college age son who would probably benefit from it ha ha ... you are brilliant! I'm going to pass this on to all my young mom friends.

  14. This is awesome! I will use some of the idea above but will probably make some of my own too because my kids are young.

  15. i dont even have kids yet.... but i so need to use this trick on my husband .. hahaha.. he is the one who leaves things around .. his shoes/ socks/ belts/ papers and files !!

  16. I love this idea and your site! I blogged about how I did my own version and linked up to your post here! :)

    JulieAnn @ Ministry Momma

  17. I just made my ransom rubbage box. I can't wait to get started. I linked it to my facebook fan page.
    Thank for the brilliant idea.

  18. Great idea! Wish I had thought of this years ago.

  19. GREAT idea! Though I don't know how well it will work with my 13 yo, 5 yo might learn to pick up his stuff!! Thanks!!

  20. This is a great list!! Thank you. I'm going to use it for when they are bored and/or whiny. I really appreciate your creativity and your use of grace on the list.