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Turning A King Mattress October 22, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Home & Garden, Humor, Less IS More.

Last time we stripped the bed to wash the sheets, we decided to fluff up the mattress pad in the dryer.

Once the mattress had been divested of its outerwear, we figured we might as well rotate the mattress.

Once the mattress was off the box springs, we figured we might as well wash the dust ruffle.

At that point, Tigger intervened to check on our progress.


He wandered around the unusual landscape checking things out.


Once Tigger gave us the “all clear,” we figured we might as well lift off the box springs and vacuum under the bed.


Once the box springs were removed, we decided to clean the baseboard and wash the walls behind the bed.


A few observations:

#1  One thing leads to another.

#2  Everything is connected.

#3  King beds are H~E~A~V~Y!!!

When I mentioned the intense work-out we got from our mattress turning session to my sister, she asked an astute question:

“What do people do about flipping king mattresses when they get older?”

Considering the options, I replied:

“You ask your kids to do it.  Or you forget to do it.  Or like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, you trade in your King for Twin Beds.”

Of course, by the time BFF & I get around to turning our mattress again, we may all be sleeping in pods on Mars.

Time will tell.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s your least favorite household chore?



1. Jill Weatherholt - October 22, 2016

Yes indeed, one thing always leads to another. I agree, king mattresses are heavy! Rest up today, Nancy. 🙂

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

Thanks, Jill! Hope your weekend is off to a smooth start.

2. granny1947 - October 22, 2016

A major effort but we are not as industrious as you!!!

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

It’s an easy chore to ignore, but turning the mattress improved the landscape on which we sleep.

In other words, we’re sleeping deeper.

3. Tippy Gnu - October 22, 2016

Turning a mattress wears me out. Makes me need a nap. But my least favorite household chore is cleaning the bathroom sink. There’s so much clutter on the counter, I spend much of my time just shifting things around.

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

Bathroom counter clutter accumulates F~A~S~T. I put stuff in the linen closet and before you know it, it’s back out, cluttering up the counter. I guess some stuff doesn’t enjoy being in the dark.

Tippy Gnu - October 22, 2016

Yeah, I think some stuff grows legs.

4. Luanne - October 22, 2016

My mother and I were just talking about this. I told her it takes three men to flip a king. Needless to say, our bed sags down toward the headboard.

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

As you may already have guessed, we don’t do it often. But when we do, it gives us a feeling of accomplishment.

5. Carol Ferenc - October 22, 2016

Whew! That was a workout! Good thing you had Tigger there to supervise.

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

That’s what he said!

6. Kate Crimmins - October 22, 2016

This is exactly why I hate to do “simple” projects! There are no simple ones because they grow while you do them.

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

Exactly! Of course, once the bed was back together, we were happy we tackled it . . . because the mattress felt so good that night!

7. L. Marie - October 22, 2016

Oh man! So much work to turn those things! I have a queen, which also is heavy, so I can imagine how heavy a king-size mattress is!

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

This is our first king-size mattress. Great for sleeping . . . but it weighs a ton.

8. Tiny - October 22, 2016

Well done! This reminds me …ours is long overdue 🙂

nrhatch - October 22, 2016

Ours was long past due too!

9. anitashree - October 23, 2016

With cleaning one things definitely could lead to another. For me I think the chore I dislike the most would be…..sweeping the floor.

nrhatch - October 23, 2016

I enjoy raking leaves outside in the fresh air, but sweeping the floor is a daily chore which is a bore.

10. Under the Oaks - October 23, 2016

We have a queen and it always wins the flipping and rotating war! Why can’t they put handles on them. My Mom-in-law just bought a bed that the manufacturer claims you do not have to flip and rotate… does not seem right.

nrhatch - October 23, 2016

I would flip over a mattress that needs no flipping!

11. brickhousechick - October 23, 2016

Haha! If you give a mouse a mattress… 😍 I can so relate to aiming to do a simple task and ending up exhausted hours later as one thing led to another! You can definitely cross that off your list for ever!

nrhatch - October 24, 2016

It will be awhile. If we begin to feel like we’re sleeping in canoe-size divots, we’ll tackle the task again.

12. Behind the Story - October 24, 2016

Ha Ha! That’s the way cleaning goes sometimes. Looking closely at one thing, you see something else. And then … well, you’re there anyway.

I traded in my king-sized bed for a queen. A queen is bigger than I need, but It’s nice to have an extra space when the kids and grandkids come to visit. But this new queen is so thick and heavy, I can barely change the sheets. I guess I’ll have to enlist my kids help in flipping it.

nrhatch - October 24, 2016

King and Queen mattresses definitely fit in with the whole “my home is my castle” theme, eh? But they are not as easy to maneuver around and about and up and over as smaller beds.

Good luck when yours needs to be flipped! Instead of a housewarming party, you can throw and mattress turning party.

13. roughwighting - October 24, 2016

This is making me laugh out loud. My guy and I keep on saying we’re going to turn our mattress, but we keep on finding reasons why we don’t have time that particular day. And a favorite household chore? Isn’t that an oxymoron??? 😏

nrhatch - October 24, 2016

Glad you got a kick out of it! Put it off until you feel like you’re sleeping in a canoe.

Ha! “Favorite household chore” would be an oxymoron ~> but I asked for your “least favorite chore.” I expect there are lots of contenders for that title. 😉

14. Val Boyko - October 24, 2016

Its a serious business! Gad you survived the ordeal Nancy!

nrhatch - October 24, 2016


15. Debra - October 26, 2016

One thing definitely did lead to the next! You shame me with your thoroughness. LOL! I loved your comment about Lucy and Ricky and the twin beds. As long as we can stay in our home together as long as possible in our “old age,” perhaps I won’t worry about the mattress or any number of heavy-duty chores!

nrhatch - October 26, 2016

I’ve got one word for you . . . ROBOTS!!! We’ll have robots to do the heavy lifting for us!

16. Ally Bean - October 27, 2016

Folding and putting away the laundry. Hate it. Would rather just leave clean clothes in a pile than do it… but I fold & then fold. 😉

nrhatch - October 27, 2016

And they just get dirty again!

17. Bun Karyudo - October 28, 2016

Our mattress weighs a ton and I hate turning it by myself. It’d be a lot easier if my wife would get out of bed and help.

nrhatch - October 28, 2016

Haha! I can see you trying to turn an occupied mattress. . . Way to muscle up!

18. livelytwist - October 31, 2016

Lol, one thing certainly leads to another. A small project can mushroom to a big one! The finished product looks nice 🙂
I don’t like ironing.

nrhatch - October 31, 2016

Ironing is the pits. I gave away my iron and ironing board. I just donate any clothes that need ironing to Goodwill.

Life is too short . . .

livelytwist - October 31, 2016

Lol 🙂

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