Mess Monster {mom’s toy box}

┬áThis month Lowes asked their Creative Influencers Network to create a project with the theme “Toybox.” Here is what I came up with:

The Problem: Clean up time around my house is never fun for anybody! I’m sure I am not the only mom out there who has to tell her kids a dozen times to clean up their toys, their shoes, their dirty socks etc. and sometimes after an hour of harping on them, it seems easier to just clean up the mess myself!

The Inspiration: My husband told me his mom used to have a big bag she would go around the house with and she’d collect all these stray items and keep them until her kids earned them back by doing extra chores- I loved this idea, so I set off to find a cute collection container of my own!

The Hunt: I found this aluminum trash can at Lowes for around $20. (You can get it online HERE, but mine is a 10 gallon- online they only have smaller and bigger sizes.)

The Details: Since I planned on keeping this trashcan in my family room for easy clean up access, I didn’t want it to be an eye sore, but it needed something. And that’s when I saw this cute idea on my friend’s etsy shop:

A toilet monster! How cute!

The Result: I added this vinyl to my trash can and my MESS MONSTER was born!

So simple, but cute!

* If you’re looking to get your hands on your own vinyl stickers, visit Kim’s etsy shop Dazzling Decals and message her if they aren’t in stock. Tell her you saw this idea on Somewhat Simple and you’ll get the royal treatment! :)

About Stephanie

Wife, mom of 5, preschool teacher, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.


  1. GENIUS!

  2. LOVE this!!! So stinkin cute!

  3. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    Haha! Love the much better than the guy peeking out of the toilet bowl :)

  4. Penney's Worth says:

    I’ve done this with chores & just paying a quarter per item, no matter the size. But they left a whole lot of items that they didn’t think was worth working/ paying for & I still was picking up items. I took the left over items & sold them in the Garage sale, but… I was still tired of picking up after 4 kids 7yr-18yrs, after them knowing or some reminders of put it away by bed time or it needs to be earned back. I haven’t done it yet, but I’m thinking of charging a chore from the child for each item I have to pick up.

    • I think you are on to something- we recently started making our kids do 1 extra chore of my choice each time they leave a light on in their room and it seems to be gradually getting better. :) They hate chores! :)

  5. Lorraine says:

    I’ve been researching to find extra chores for our kids, to give them opportunities to learn and earn a little money. The concensus that I have come up with is that most parents use chores to punish their kids, the worse the chore the better. I have to admit, I have been one of those parents, but haven’t had much success. Yesterday I heard a concept that I LOVE and can’t wait to put it into practice. . .lots of details, but in a nutshell, our children should learn that working is a privilege and we need to be grateful for the opportunity and the blessings we have because we have chores to do. The concept is, that chores should NEVER be used as a punishment. This caught my attention, because in the world today, so many people don’t want to work, don’t want to do things they HATE. Why not make chores something they enjoy. . .make them fun. . .teach them to appreciate the things they have and the great opportunites that are theirs! Would you like to always be punished with something that you will be doing the rest of your life . . . .and hating it for the rest of your life. Just sayin’!

  6. Where can I find the vinyl?


Add Your Comment