When we renovated our back hall last year we put in a mud room.
In this mud room we built three locker type closets - one for each of my children. Each locker has hooks inside it so that my kids can hang up their coats, backpacks and school stuff. Each locker also has two shelves where my kids can stack their boots and books.
I really didn't expect anything to get neatly put away. I did however naively assume that each child would open their locker door, throw their stuff inside and then slam the door quick enough so nothing fell out.
My kids still walk in the back door, drop everything inside the entrance and then carry on about their business.
It. drives. me. crazy.
Yesterday I almost took up the heap of boots, coats, books, mitts and assorted crap and threw it out the back door into a snow bank.
But I didn't. I didn't because it's wet and snowy here and some of that EXPENSIVE stuff that I have shopped, bought and paid GOOD money for could have gotten ruined.
So, I yelled instead and I threatened my kids. And yesterday everything got slowly picked up and put away by my kids.
Today, everything is in a big heap at the back door again.