Mum shares her clever trick to clean up the kids toys and the internet went wild.

Mum of three, Jess from Mishmash Moments shared, “Today I got the kids fucket buckets ™️.

“If they leave it laying around, it goes in their bucket. If it’s still there at bedtime it goes in the bin because fucket if I’m cleaning it up.”

Her clever tip has gone totally viral attracting tens of thousands of comments and shares.

Thousands of people are going totally crazy for the clever idea, while others are judging her over her “mean and nasty” actions.

Comments include:

– “But if you pick it up to put it in the bucket you sorted of tidied it up?”

– “But you did clean up by putting it in the fucket bucket…”

– One mum said, “The idea is great, but perhaps the name isn’t appropriate. What about renaming them “chuck-it” buckets instead.”

(Jess replied to this comment saying obviously she doesn’t tell the kids to empty their fucket bucket! Just under her breath.)

– Another said, “You could use a different word. Like trash, garbage. Not the F word please!”

(Jess replied, I could but then it is less satisfying to mutter under her breath!)

– One very unimpressed mother wrote, “I couldn’t care less how messy my children were, I’d never disrespect them like this. Shocked people seem to think throwing away other people’s belongings without their consent is a good thing. Great job setting an example of how to treat other people!”

– Another questioned the concept saying, ” Makes zero sense, if you’ve made the effort to move it into the bucket, surely it could have been moved into a toy box. Just throwing your own money away.”

– Another said, “That sounds like a terrible method of parenting.. Enjoy throwing away your hard earned money before you can’t communicate with your children properly.”

– Another wrote, “I think this is really mean. What are children supposed to do? Clear up all day? Leave clearing up until bedtime and do it once a day not continuously . No wonder kids just want to sit and watch tv…. at least you don’t have to clear up after each programme.”

Jess shared a message to those judging her parenting style, “to the negative nancy types who think I’m disrespectful, or not teaching them right, or whatever else. Get over it, have a laugh. You must be fun at parties.”

We think it is a great concept!  Very similar to the Sunday Box we have shared previously. 

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  • actually I think she has 5!


  • Yeah I think there is a place for these – 3 messy kids here too.

    • Actually just checked her blog and she has 4 kids.


  • I actually swept the floor clean of their toys straight out the door. They quickly went and collected their toys and put them away – sometimes you have to take drastic action because all the talking, requesting, putting in the naughty corner, etc. just doesn’t always work.


  • I think this is brilliant. I saw this on facebook and shared it with my sister. If anyone is worried about the waste, you can donate toys!


  • I have tried this with my kids. It didn’t last, I couldn’t cope with such huge waste, throwing out completely good items because the kids didn’t put it away


  • We are careful about consumption and do not dispose of things without considering carefully and this would not be a concept we would take on board for this reason and many other reasons.


  • I can see the concept here and I have threatened to throw my kids toys out before when I’m sick of the mess, but not actually done it. I think it is a waste of money to literally throw things out. I think perhaps a better concept is for the toys to be confiscated for a week, etc. and the child gets it back if they’ve been tidy. But it really shouldn’t get to this point. I usually tell my kids to tidy and keep on them until they do. Depending on the age of children they do need to be shown what to do and given reminders.


  • I like your plan. And I do imagine this has become a last resort, not your first one! I threatened and followed through with throwing out toys because my son continued to disrespect my requests, our space, his space, my time, etc. It works.


  • I’d give them more than one day – and not use that name – but otherwise I have no problem with the idea.


  • Good idea, but I find it unbelievable how judgemental and literal people are about what it put on social media. OMG !!


  • I like this idea but only from a certain age (when they start kindy). I can understand how some people feel that it would be harsh and it’s certainly a blunt way of teaching a child responsibility for their things for who am I to judge how another mother parents her children?
    I play pick it up and put it away with my kids from a young age so whilst they get to make their mess, we also have fun putting it away at the end of the day too.


  • I don’t like this idea much, in the end I would feel it in the wallet myself and it doesn’t teach the kids respect for other peoples belongings.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for teaching kids to tidy what they mess. We do it once a day before dinner, no dinner on the table till it’s tidy. Toys which aren’t tidied and keeps appearing anywhere, might get a time-out (depending on age and level of understanding).

    • Absolutely agree! This comment is spot on about respect and teaching valuable lessons.


  • Hey, I think it’s actually a great idea, I need one for my husband too!


  • Great idea, my kids had to clean up at bed time it teaches them responsibility and consequences for not doing their chores. We are parents not their cleaners. To all those saying its cruel and mean good luck to you when your kids are teenagers.


  • Great idea for kids to learn responsibility


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