Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Confiscation Bin

When we moved into this house we declared it a fresh start in dealing with clutter. We all agreed that we wanted to work harder at keeping things neat and tidy.

One of the ways we've done this is too get rid of a lot of things by giving them away or throwing them away.

Another way we've worked on this issue is by setting up a "confiscation bin." It's not the most creative title but it does work.  

The rules are simple.

1. Do not leave your things lying around.

2. If you do leave your things lying around another family member can pick them up and put them in the confiscation bin.

3. Mom and Dad are not exempt.

4. To redeem an item from the confiscation bin the owner must first complete a job from the job jar.

The job jar has a variety of jobs that need to be done from time to time but do not always get done in the day to day routine. Things like "clean under the living room couch" or "wash windows in upstairs hallway."

While we all have found our things in the confiscation bin (notice my shoes that I kicked off after church Sunday now waiting redemption in the bin) it has greatly reduced our quantity of clutter.

And, as I'm sure you can imagine, the kids get a great delight out of finding things that belong to one of the adults and making a big deal out of confiscating it. But we get a good laugh, acknowledge we're human too, and pick a job from the job jar.

It works for us.


  1. So now I need a post of all the jobs you have in that bucket so I can copy them and make one of these!

    Wait... they might start leaving their school books around.

  2. Taderdoodles - lol, school books don't count. Maybe they should do a an extra page if school books are left out.

  3. I *love* this idea! I know my son would find joy in putting mommy's shoes in there. :)

  4. I found you at the blog hop and I am now following you. This is such a great idea!

  5. That is such a good idea!! Emma