11/25/2014 07:59 am ET Updated Nov 25, 2014

9 Hilarious Ways Parents Have Tried To Get Their Kids To Move Out

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Empty nesters -- it could be a lot worse. While the quiet rooms of your home may feel like a bleak reality, for some parents it's something they can only dream about. That's right. Not all kids fly the coop when they should. Some fly but then return as "boomerang kids," while others are a little slower to start their independent lives.

But never fear. If you're trying to get your adult kid to move out of your house, there are plenty of not-so-subtle ways to give them the hint, as tested by some clever and inventive parents:

Start out by buying them their very own kitchenware.

Twitter: @char_daniels

If that doesn't work, kick things up a notch by buying them their own home appliances.

Twitter: @kaceyj13 Subtly leave some college brochures and or job postings for them in a highly visible place, i.e. kitchen counter. Twitter: @MannyMarotta18

Say it with pictures if your child is particularly perceptive.

Twitter: @jessieaugustus

Conveniently place moving boxes in the space(s) they inhabit.

Twitter: @2_janes

Or a suitcase...

Twitter: @scampbella Try putting it nicely in a text before you have to broach the subject in person. Twitter: @rebeccakerrrrr

If you're really desperate, try spelling it out on a cake.

Twitter: @conna11y

If all else fails, just start moving their stuff yourself.

Twitter: @maduhhsunnn


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