It’s no secret that having kids—especially those dreaded teenagers!—means that you’re going to have to address some messes (and teach good habits) every once in a while. That’s why it was so important to your parents to get on you about cleaning your room, even if you hated it.

What one mom did when her messy kids just wouldn’t listen to her, however, is being called brilliant by some. Others find it a little extreme. Just wait until you see what she did…

Alice Velasquez, a mother of two, was growing sick and tired of her children’s messy rooms—and she decided she wasn’t going to let them get away with it anymore.


So when the kids came home, they discovered their mother had placed all of their things into trash bags. They could have them back, under one condition…


They had to pay her $25 for each bag!

Twenty-five bucks might sound a little steep, but the idea is pretty sound. That’s why it’s important to listen to Mom!

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