The girls, on the other hand, moan and weep and get overwhelmed. The first step was to par down the gear a little bit (still have a ways to go) and to get rid of the box spring and get a platform bed to create easy storage under their bed. But it was still a battle. I tried the timer. I tried sending them after one type of item at a time. I considered boxing all of their gear and letting them live minimalist. Then I decided to try a ring of cards. Below are my cards. There are 9 of them counting the cover. I made each card a full-sized sheet of paper and printed them "8up" on cardstock. Cut, hole-punched at the top corner and put on a ring. Andulus font (my current favorite... along with Calibri, of course). So far it seems to be reducing the battle.
Time to Clean Your Room
Put a smile on your face.
Start at the door and work around
the room for each step.
Find all of the trash and toss it.
If you see things that belong in other rooms
put them in the hall.
Clear out the toys/books.
Fluff the pillows.
Pull up the blanket and fold it back.
Turn off bedside lights.
Put away anything on bedside table that doesn’t belong.
Take water bottles to the kitchen.
Dirty clothes downstairs.
Clean clothes stacked for mom to help put away.
Put all the books away (in the right places)
with spines tidy and facing out.
I love you.
for keeping your room clean.