***Disclosure: As a Nature's Sleep Ambassador, I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Of course spring cleaning can become pretty overwhelming. There are cobwebs to knock out of corners, baseboards to scrub, floors to polish and clean, and then of course, there's trying to organize everything and make room for warm weather clothing and gear. When you have 3 kids, that can be quite a challenge. Any parent will agree, having kids means having lots and lots of random stuff. More than they could possibly ever need at one time. (I'm seriously thinking about having a yard sale to thin out some of the clutter, but don't tell the kiddos!)
Since you're already doing a top-to-bottom spring cleaning, why not take this time to also redecorate a bit? One of my biggest decorating challenges would have to be our kids' bedrooms. You see, we bought a wonderful Century home that was built in 1924. It's got tons of character and charm, but it also has 3 very tiny kids' bedrooms. And when I say tiny, I mean TINY. Which is probably why I have toys scattered throughout the whole darn house...Their rooms can't accommodate them all! But that's a whole different post entirely.
Once we got his room all spic n' span, I told him we were going to reorganize and even decorate his space to HIS tastes. The only thing off limits was using paint. There are some cracks that need filling, plus a teen's tastes change, so I wasn't going to allow a HUGE painted Lady Gaga mural when next week, he might be into something entirely different. I told him that if he did a good job organizing his things, I just *might* have a huge surprise for him.
Since Kyle's room is on the super-small side, we had to get creative. There's not a whole lot of storage space, and he had his DVD's everywhere. Literally everywhere. There were DVD's on the floor, in his closet, and even in dresser drawers and under his bed. Not cool.
Kyle, being the smart kid that he is, took a construction set he received for Christmas and made his very own DVD rack. This saves a TON of space, and keeps the clutter from taking over his entire room.
You see, Kyle had a memory foam mattress that was probably about 10 years old. Not only had it become uncomfortable, our Yorkie, Trouble, literally ate chunks out of it when she was a puppy and shredded the cover. (Yep. This little gal definitely lives up to her name!) Kyle never even complained about the state of his mattress, surprisingly enough. I'm pretty sure it bothered me more than it did him.
So when I received a Queen sized Fiji Gel Mattress from Nature's Sleep, I played a little trick on him. I told him it was a new mattress for my husband and I. When it arrived packed in a relatively small box, I kept up the ruse and talked about how the gel would be great for my sweaty hubby. Little did Kyle know, the mattress would actually be a surprise for HIM!
If you'd like to see how a Queen sized mattress could fit into a rather compact shipping box, check out our un-boxing video below. It's pretty cool to watch the mattress take shape right out of the box. And, if you're a big meanie, you can laugh at how dumb I sound. My allergies were killing me and I had just taken a double-dose of Benadryl. My voice was scratchy and my mental abilities weren't too sharp.
Once we knew the coast was clear, we cut up his old, sad mattress and loaded the chunks into a few trash bags. We then tossed them out the window so they'd land in the front yard and Kyle wouldn't see. (Yep. We're sneaky and creative like that.)
Then we set up the Nature's Sleep Fiji Gel Mattress in its place. I had to lay down on it for a few minutes, too. After all, I had just lugged this mattress up a narrow flight of stairs and down an equally narrow hallway, and then hacked another mattress to bits with a butcher knife. Mama needed a break!
The mattress was instantly comfortable, even though it hadn't had a full 24 hours to expand. The Fiji is a medium-plush mattress, so it offers plenty of support while giving you that weightless feeling memory foam mattresses are known for.
We heard a shriek when he walked in and saw this.....
Kyle has been sleeping on his new mattress for a couple of weeks now, and he really loves it. He falls asleep more quickly and stays asleep longer. He no longer tosses and turns all night, and he wakes up well-rested and ready to face a long day at school. He said he was really surprised to see how much difference finding the right mattress could make.
Speaking of selecting the right mattress for your needs, check out this great infographic from Nature's Sleep:
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