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YOUR HOUSE — It seems to me that at least three-quarters of the time spent raising infants and toddlers is pure cleanup.

Messy diapers, food spillage, toy carnage and snot-nosed faces come at you in a never ending stream. So much so that I’d wager parents also spend that same amount of time daydreaming about when their children can clean up after themselves already.

As this video shows, that time may arrive much earlier than you think. All you have to do is ask, according to New Zealand YouTube user, Jordan Watson.

“Basically, babies will do anything if you ask them to do it,” Watson says in the video introduction.

He then demonstrates the technique using his own sweet little girl. She (sort of) vacuums, rakes the leaves, takes out the trash and more! Easy peasy. But there is a catch. Babies are not indefatigable, and there is a breaking point — an adorable, passive-resistance breaking point.

Try out this ground-breaking technique this weekend as you clean up from any and all 4th of July celebrations.

You may remember Watson from his excellent first parenting video featured, “How to Hold a Baby.” You can watch more of his hilarious parenting contributions on his YouTube channel, How to Dad.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Jordan Watson is from Australia. That has since been corrected.

Martha Ostergar is the former Video Productions Manager of She has moved on to write elsewhere, but she can't seem to break her habit of cruising the Internet for amazing videos and writing about them. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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