I have found this parent-friendly activity to be easy, and with multi-functions, it’s a must activity that they become a habit after just a few times. Remember to be CONSISTENT. This is key to this method working, and its part of the process to get them organized. I have tried with my 9-year-old and 15 year old. Yes, the 15-year-old rejected the first two times, but after that, he knew it was our routine and he expected it, to the point I had to stop asking, he would just do it automatically. My 9-year-old is a comedian, so he didn’t care that his book bag looked like this, and even had the nerve to show me a paper with negative remarks from the teacher.
Neatness to stay we have overcome the rebellion, but we still emptying the book bag on the days they stay with me.
I almost feel that I need to re-wire them when they come back from their dad’s house. I have to remind myself that I only have control over the things that happen in my home.