After a fun day of playing, it is time to clean up to start the evening routine.
5 at 5 is a something I use before my husband gets home.
At five o'clock I set a timer for 5 minutes. During that time my 4 year old cleans up her toys and puts them away and I do a quick 5 minutes clean-up routine (wipe counters, store shoes where they belong, put coats in the coat closet, etc.). That way when DH comes home the house is *mostly* in order.
Side note--as my children get older items left out after 5 minutes will go into a box in the closet for 2 days (this will include, of course, MY items I leave laying around!).
To make this even more fun, call it a "pick up party" and sing songs.
Clean up, clean up everybody everywhere, clean up clean up everybody do your share.
Pick up Pick up put the toys away. Pick up pick up we are done for the day.