I have been telling HardPlace for weeks that I couldn't stand his room anymore. I forbade him from having friends over until it was cleaned up. I told him if he didn't clean his room, I would, and that if I cleaned it, everything would be swept away into big green garbage bags. I told him that he didn't have to do it all at once, that I would be satisfied if he just spent 10 minutes a day putting things away. I finally told him that I was going to clean his room THIS week.
It's Friday. I got out the garbage bags. All the Legos and Bionicles went into a big shopping bag. (About 2 months ago, I picked up ONLY the Legos and filled a grocery bag with them. He never even noticed, and he still has not gotten them back.) The race tracks (I think there were four different sets out) went into their designated drawer. All the game pieces went into a little bucket -- chess pieces, dominoes, etc. The trash actually got thrown out! Everything else went into a big garbage bag.
I also cleared off his shelves. Before he gets anything back, he has to vacuum the floor and dust/clean the shelves. Now I just have to figure out a reasonable way for him to reclaim his toys and treasures. I'm certainly not going to give him the whole bag of Legos, just to have them spread all over the floor again.
I wonder what he'll say when he gets home from school.... Wish me luck!
My apologies for the funky photos. The stitch feature works best if the camera is held at the same angle and in the same place for each rotation. (Actually, the Before shot reminds me of the old Batman TV show, with the bad guys' chaos symbolized by tilted floors)