Here’s a situation we’re all (depressingly) familiar with: It’s 9 p.m. on a weekday. You’ve (finally!) convinced all your kids to stay in bed and feign sleep, you’ve finished up the dishes, signed permission slips, packed lunches and put away laundry. But the kids’ toys are still littered around the house, and you’re just too damn tired to care.
Well, Jessica McGinty, a blogger and mom of five from Australia, has a solution so genius it’s gone viral: Meet the fucket bucket.
“Today I got the kids fucket buckets,” she writes. “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.”
Thanks to her hack, Jessica doesn’t have to follow her kids around at the end of a long day, hounding them to pick up their crap in various locations. She just rounds up their toys throughout the day and drops them in each kid’s bucket. If the kids want to make sure their playthings don’t go in the garbage, well, they better empty their buckets before they go to bed. (If that’s not incentive for kids to clean, I don’t know what is.)
Other moms must agree, because Jessica’s post has been shared more than 27,000 times on Facebook.
In the comments, Jessica clarifies that she doesn’t call the buckets by their hilarious moniker out loud. “Obviously I don’t tell the kids to empty their fucket bucket. I just mutter ‘fucket’ under my breath as I go.”
Of course, more than a few commenters called the practice “really mean” and “disrespectful” to kids, but Jessica told Scary Mommy the hack has been a huge help for keeping her house tidy. “We’re a blended family of five, 9 and under—9, 7, 6, and 2. It’s working well so far. I can wander around and pick up any missed things and drop them in the buckets, and the kids love them, knowing exactly where things they’ve missed are,” she says.