One of the hallmarks of having a teenager in your home is having to deal with knowing that there is a mess in their room that would put your average dumpster to shame. Sure, not all teens are messy, but it's practically a law of physics that when it comes to teenager bedrooms, what comes in may never come out.
We're not sure at what age it happens, but eventually we grow up and grow out of the desire to live in a glorified trash heap. Then we eventually have our own kids and have to live with the absolute frustration of knowing that what kind of disaster lies beyond their closed door.
One exasperated parent took to Twitter to share a photo of his daughter's bedroom, saying
"This is completely unacceptable. You are nearly 19 years old and I am bloody sick of it. I don't care that you were going to tidy it up. It just really p*sses me off."
This is completely unacceptable. You are nearly 19 years old and I am bloody sick of it. I don’t care that you were going to tidy it up. It just really pisses me off. pic.twitter.com/1uWRT9xZqN— Nicky Campbell (@NickyAACampbell) June 14, 2019
Although Nicky Campbell, the author of this tweet, later confessed that his daughter was in on the original room-shaming tweet, droves of parents replied with photos and condemnations of their own kids' bedrooms.
I'll see your messy bedroom and raise you my daughter's tip plus a nice cat pic.twitter.com/AmfmIPcq2N— Kevin Hughes (@KevakaKevin) June 14, 2019
These weren't all kid's rooms either. Some of the replies were fed up parents of people in their twenties!
Exactly this is one nights mess by a 20 year old...what’s worse after two weeks this clothes mountain would be a metre high..no respect! pic.twitter.com/39noaz3rEj— Peter horry (@petertowers68) June 17, 2019
Guess we can't save all the blame for the teens.
I'll take your 19 y/o and raise you my 22 y/o medical student son, who's been home for 'minutes'.... pic.twitter.com/2qhjgKlnGK— Louise Hawkes 🌷 (@louise__hawkes) June 14, 2019
The Twitter thread went mental, with parents sharing photos ranging from 'messy' to 'moldy'(ew), all the way to 'indistinguishable from a dump'... and everything in between.
My 13 years old daughter's room regularly looks like this if that's any comfort. I don't remember being as messy as a teen - think today's children are too cosseted that they don't even try to help out - we do too much for them.— Michael Nixon🌹 (@michaelnixon70) June 14, 2019
The good news is that apparently this is somewhat normal (if not gross) behavior. The bad news is that it is happening in your nice clean house, right under your roof. Best advice for your own sanity is to close your eyes and pretend you have no clue what's lurking behind their door. And if all else fails, just keep up the constant habitual nagging for them to clean up their darn room!
I refuse to clean or decorate while she lives like this. pic.twitter.com/MehBNIVDFE— Jo black white (@hfc_oldfaithful) June 14, 2019
At the very least you can rest easy that you are definitely not alone! The struggle to get your kids to keep their room in livable conditions is very real.