Re: Am I asking too much?
I always says "If you're able to get toys out, you're able to put them away." That DEFINITELY applies to 5 year olds. I have this same ongoing issue with mine, but she knows she has to put things away and clean her room up. She does it, but with lots of nagging and reminders unfortunately.
Markers, crayons, stickers, etc stay in a bowl on the kitchen table, though. Those things are not allowed in her room because she's colored on things before and I about lost it. She has to have permission and then stay at the table to do her artwork. I feel much better about the whole situation and it's easier to remember to put things away that way.
Proud mama of 9/07