During Spring Break:
1. Start the spring cleaning process with their help.
2. Tell children that massive stuffed animal collection must be relegated to one medium sized plastic tub. (be advised there will be agony, heartache and trauma with this one)
3. Donate/toss all toys that haven't been played with in six-months, not to mention those that haven't even been looked at since preschool.
4. Donate/toss clothes and pajamas that are too small. (Surprisingly this also causes heartache?)
After 4-5 days of doing this in various rooms throughout the house children should be very ready and excited about going back to school. An added bonus is that your house is now clean.