Th Uh Oh Bucket

This is one of the best ideas. EVER.

The Uh-Oh Bucket {How to "inspire" your children to pick up their things.} | A Virtuous Woman #moms

I found this idea, again, on Pintrest! I loved the idea so much that I implemented it into my home within 24 hours. The kids were okay with it, if not thrilled.

This is my UH OH Bucket. Here’s what the label on the box says:

YOU LEFT IT OUT

MOM PICKED IT UP

SHE’S GOT YOUR STUFF

YOU’RE OUT OF LUCK

TO GET IT BACK

MUST DO A CHORE

AGAIN ITS YOURS JUST LIKE BEFORE

I downloaded this adorable label with the poem from Just Another Day in Paradise. This just blew me away. I mean, why didn’t I think of this??? Brilliant!

Here’s how I’m using the idea:

If a child find that her toy/clothing/thing is now in the Uh Oh Bucket, she can ask for a chore to do so that she can get it out. One chore per thing. Also, I get to choose which chore she gets to do. And if the bucket gets full, it’s time for a trip to donate the stuff to our church’s Community Center where we give away clothes, toys, and other things to the poor people in our area.

The Uh Oh Bucket. Or if you prefer, The Mommy Ransom Box.

Get the free printable from the awesome blog, Just Another Day in Paradise!

How do you “encourage” your children to pick up their things?
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Melissa Ringstaff

Melissa Ringstaff is a pastor's wife, serving with her husband in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. She is a homeschooling mother of five plus four and Grandarlin' to 14 (so far) grandchildren. Melissa has been blogging at A Virtuous Woman since 2001. She has written several titles including Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home, The Homemaker's Journal: Keeping House, and Christmas ADVENTures in Prophecy.

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Comments

  1. says

    I just love this idea! Its so clever I am actually laughing out loud. My daughter just turned 5 and although she is really good about putting her stuff away – this might just be the tool I need to help teach her about consequences. Great post.

  2. says

    I never thought about this! My kids r getting older and instead of better these things seem to have gotten worse!! I’m so into this. I’ll have to get one made soon!!!

  3. nichole trexler says

    HELP I made this but the labels won’t stick to the box if I paid em to! I don’t know if it’s the heat or what. Suggestions? (I am using a bin originally for the Trofast storage unit from Ikea so it’s plastic).

  4. says

    I am so doing this! For my son and husband, (with a little different consequences for the hubby). What a fabulous idea!!! And when it gets full donation!!! Yay!!

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