Sarah left me a great question in the comments of the post I wrote earlier about my son and his pirate collection. She said she feels strongly that kids need an uncluttered space to sleep in and asked me how I balance the two…allowing my son to leave his pirates on the floor while at the same time keeping his room from getting overrun in clutter that might affect his sleep.
This is such a great question because I definitely agree that there is a correlation between clutter and sleep. I know this only from personal experience but not with my son as you might think but with my daughter. I even posted about it here back when I first started blogging. You see there are days my daughter will toss and turn like you wouldn’t believe for hours on end before finally falling to sleep. It is then that I know it is time again to declutter her room and then once we get her room cleaned out and pared down she falls asleep much easier. She still fights my logic even though I have proven my theory with her over and over again.
My son on the other hand is a an awesome sleeper…the minute his head hits the pillow he is lights out. So I don’t worry so much about him and the pirates all over his floor in terms of his sleep although a compromise does exist about the “mess” that I probably should have mentioned earlier. If you look at the picture you’ll see that it is only pirates covering his floor. That is because he agrees, although I do still have to gently nudge him, to keep his clothes picked up, his books put away and anything else put away that doesn’t resemble ugly men wearing eye patches and waving swords in exchange for Pirateville to remain undisturbed by me. If he wants to pull out other toys to play with the pirates would have to be put away first into their designated spaces. The only other rule I have is that he must leave a path to his bed.
I would never agree to allow my daughter’s floor to look like my son’s. It just wouldn’t be conducive to a good nights sleep for her. Is it fair? Maybe not, but I have to do what is best for each of my children according to their own unique personalities. That is my job as a parent whether they like it or not.
What are your thoughts?