Created By: JMQwilleran on October 29, 2012 Last Edited By: JMQwilleran on July 30, 2014

Clean Your Room Aesop

A show tries to drive home that it's important to keep your room tidy.

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A Stock Aesop found mainly on children's shows, and also a plot. A character or characters have a messy room and learn a lesson when they find out how much easier things are for them once they have a tidy room. I searched and the closest thing I found to this was Trash of the Titans, but that just seems to describe someone whose room is in a constantly messy state or even vile - there's no aesop learned there.

Compare/contrast It Came from the Fridge, which has a similar lesson, aimed at adults, about cleaning the icebox, not because it's easier to find stuff, but because rotten food is bad for your health (and is out to get you).

Examples

  • In "Everything in Its Place" PB&J Otter'', Peanut, Jelly and Baby Butters' room is messy. They want to go on a boat ride with Mayor Jeff, but can't until they find the gear they need, which is buried in their piles of stuff. They clean the room as they sing the song "Everything in Its Place" and manage to find their life jackets and other gear.
  • In "Franklin is Messy" on Franklin, Franklin's messy room becomes a problem when he wants to play knights with his friends, but can't because he can't find his cardboard sword. He tries using a carrot in its place, but his friends call him "Sir Franklin of Carrot" and make him play the bait for the dragon because he doesn't have a real sword. His parents help him to clean up his room by organizing a system in which he can properly sort his stuff.
  • Arthur has "Arthur and D.W. Clean UP," in which Arthur wants to go to "Happy Crazy Wild Day," but he can barely find the soccer ball he needs in his room. Mrs. Read insists that he clean up and D.W. gets dragged into it too. The two are supposed to help each other, but she keeps trying to throw out his stuff and then he has to help her clean up her room before can go to Happy Crazy Wild Day, which he's missed most of, and he admits that he should have cleaned his room sooner.
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, in which Mama Bear's tolerance over cleaning up Brother and Sister's room wears thin and is on the verge of throwing everything away as junk. It took Papa to straighten everything out.
  • The very first cure in the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series is "The Won't-Put-Away-Toys-Cure." The cure in question? The parents simply stopped telling their son to clean up his room. Eventually, the heaped-up toys trapped him inside. He was finally moved to clean everything up so that he could go outside and watch a circus parade.
  • In the Blaster's Universe episode "Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow", Blaster's mom is tired of his room being a mess and forces him to clean it by the end of the day. After he and his friends G.C. and MEL visit the planet Moocowzia to look after themselves, Blaster gets home just in time to clean his room having learned how really messy a world can get if you never clean up.
  • In one episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin decides to clean his room by hiding all the mess under his bed. this attracts a monster named Crud, who has a fondness for filth, who builds a lair under the bed using the mess.
  • In a The Muppets book titled "What a Mess!: A Book About Cleaning Up," Scooter gets very annoyed when Skeeter won't clean up the room that they share. He eventually decides to do it himself, but wishes that Skeeter would help. On Kermit's advice, he lets the room go to pot, until Skeeter can't find anything anymore and realizes the value of keeping the room clean.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • October 29, 2012
    NESBoy
    • The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, in which Mama Bear's tolerance over cleaning up Brother and Sister's room wears thin and is on the verge of throwing everything away as junk. It took Papa to straighten everything out
  • October 29, 2012
    Karalora
    The very first cure in the Mrs Piggle Wiggle series is "The Won't-Put-Away-Toys-Cure." The cure in question? The parents simply stopped telling their son to clean up his room. Eventually, the heaped-up toys trapped him inside. He was finally moved to clean everything up so that he could go outside and watch a circus parade.
  • October 29, 2012
    TheHomaDude
    • In the Blasters Universe episode "Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow", Blaster's mom is tired of his room being a mess and forces him to clean it by the end of the day. After he and his friends G.C. and MEL visit the planet Moocowzia to look after themselves, Blaster gets home just in time to clean his room having learned how really messy a world can get if you never clean up.
  • October 29, 2012
    perrynator
    Way too much of an Omnipresent Trope to have examples.
  • October 29, 2012
    JMQwilleran
    Many of the tropes listed on the index that you just linked have examples. And seeing as how only three others have been posted so far, I think it's worth waiting to call before saying that it's "too omnipresent to have examples."
  • October 29, 2012
    Astaroth
    In one episode of The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, Christopher Robin decides to clean his room by hiding all the mess under his bed. this attracts a monster named Crud, who has a fondness for filth, who builds a lair under the bed using the mess.
  • October 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    Omnipresent Trope is a lot narrower than perrynator thinks. If a trope has to be actively used and you can actually quantify its usage, it's not an Omnipresent Trope. It certainly can't be used for a plot unless it's the plot to damn near everything in a given medium or genre ever, which sure as hell isn't the case here.
  • October 30, 2012
    dvorak
    Compare/contrast It Came From The Fridge, which has a similar lesson, aimed at adults, about cleaning the icebox, not because it's easier to find stuff, but because rotten food is bad for your health (and is out to get you).
  • November 2, 2012
    JMQwilleran
    Agreed, Morgan. This definitely seems tropeable and be can be quantified.

    I've added the examples that have been submitted and just added another my own. I'll try to search for more soon.
  • December 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Mary Poppins: The song "A Spoonful of Sugar" is sung while they clean up their playroom.
      In every job that must be done there's an element of fun. Find the fun and snap! the job's a game.
    • In The Simpsons version of Mary Poppins she tells the kids to "do a half-assed job" by hiding things under the bed, in the closet, etc.
  • December 30, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • Spoofed in The Fairly Odd Parents. Timmy's room has grown into such a mess that there are creatures living under his bed, grabbing at slices of pizza left on the floor, among other things. Timmy's parents tell him to clean up his room, but he doesn't, choosing instead to have Cosmo and Wanda wish that he could meet his favorite comic book superhero, The Crimson Chin. The plot ensues, Timmy rescues all of the Crimson Chins from the past decades (including the quickly canceled swearing Crimson Chin from the 1980's) and they repay him by cleaning his room. His room was so sparkling spotless that Timmy's parents thought that his son had been replaced by someone else, because the real Timmy would never clean his room.
  • April 19, 2013
    Noah1
  • April 19, 2013
    BlueGuy
    • Not quite an Aesop per se, but Calvin is often told to clean his room. At least once, he tries the "shove it all in the closet" trick, only for his mother to open it.
      Calvin's mom: Back to work, kiddo.
      Calvin: You made this mess! You clean it up!

    There was another example that I can't remember for some reason. Hmm...
  • April 19, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    For the description:

    The consequences of all the clutter can be as mundane as missing a favorite toy to discovering that something else has taken up residence in the room. Naturally, this will have a lot more impact on the kids than the countless warnings from their parents.
  • July 30, 2014
    XFllo
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