I don't think it's extortion to expect a kid to hold up his end as a family member. Slovenly rooms should only be tolerated if the parents are equally slovenly, and somehow I don't think that applies in this situation.
Dirty rooms are a haven for roaches.
Close the door and leave it to the pigsty that he enjoys. As long as it is not a health hazard, just resist looking in. Throw his clean clothing inside the door and be done with it.
edited to say: this is about picking your battles, and a clean room is just not worth fighting over.
Last edited by Jumpy; 01-26-2009 at 08:33 PM.
A friend and his daughter had the battle for years...up through her teen years. They finally reached a compromise that her door was never to be left open and he wouldn't never open it or go in. I'd say she won the war.
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