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7 Effortless Tips to Make Your Bed Sparkling Clean

7 Effortless Tips to Make Your Bed Sparkling Clean

When people complain about not being able to sleep, the solution is often the mattress. Manufacturers recommend that you replace a mattress every eight years, but beyond the age of the mattress, other issues might affect your sleep.

For example, you might need a different firmness level, which is adjustable on some beds. Allergies and unclean mattresses also can affect your ability to sleep. If you are in pain, you will not sleep well. Most people don’t realize that they can take simple actions to ensure their mattress is in the best shape for the best night’s sleep.

Here are some tips.

1. Know the bed’s structure

Just like humans need a good body to support its weight and cars need a frame to function correctly, mattresses must fit their frame correctly.

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When they extend past the frame or are too short, the mattresses won’t work, and you don’t get a good night’s sleep. Buy mattresses and box springs together so they work hand-in-hand. Know your bed frame size and your room size.

Many manufacturers offer frames as part of the deal. Mattresses need center support or slats to expand the full width of the body so it fits just right.

2. Move the mattresses

In the spring and fall, you should turn your mattresses, so you don’t sleep on the same section all the time. This prevents wear and tear on the mattresses and keeps you from sleeping on sagging in the middle.

Turn the mattress near the headboard and point it toward the bottom of the bed. Adjust it so it fits snugly on the box springs. This takes some effort, but it is worth the effort.

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3. Turn it upside down

You also want to make sure you continually flip the mattress. Like the turning, it makes sure you are not sleeping on the same section of the mattresses all the time. It extends the life of the mattresses.

However, some are not able to be flipped. Some have a blank side. Others, such as pillow-top mattresses or futon beds, that aren’t recommended be flipped. Before flipping your mattresses, make sure the manufacturer recommends it.

4. Get a trampoline

Instead of allowing your children bounce on the bed, you should invest in a trampoline for outdoor play. They also come in indoor varieties that are not as dangerous or high.

These are more effective in giving children the opportunity to bounce and play. It also saves your mattresses and your children. Jumping on beds is harmful to the mattresses, and it will damage box springs. It can also damage the frame of the bed so make sure that there is no bouncing.

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5. Vacuum before flipping or turning

There is a reason why it’s known as spring cleaning. You have to clean. Mattresses are not any different from other items to clean. You need to vacuum the mattresses prior to flipping or turning them. This gets the dust from the mattress, which

You need to vacuum the mattresses prior to flipping or turning them. This gets the dust from the mattress, which otherwise leads to dust mites. It also gets rid of dead skin and crumbs. Mattresses will last longer and smell better when vacuumed regularly.

6. Remove stains prior to vacuuming

Again, you want to clean your mattress prior to flipping or turning it. Use cleaner dedicated to upholstery on the mattresses. This shampoo will remove stains that have accumulated over the last six months. Make sure you adhere to the instructions on the bottle because otherwise, you might harm the mattresses. Don’t forget to let it dry before putting on sheets or vacuuming.

This shampoo will remove stains that have accumulated over the last six months. Make sure you adhere to the instructions on the bottle because otherwise, you might harm the mattresses. Don’t forget to let it dry before putting on sheets or vacuuming.

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7. Buy encasing material

To prevent allergens from getting on the mattresses, allergy doctors recommend that you encase mattresses in materials that block dust mites, bacteria and other organisms.

Dust mites feed off these organisms and dead human skin. The encasement material doesn’t allow those to infiltrate the mattresses. Encasement materials also are available for pillows and blankets. Synthetic-fiber materials also work to prevent allergens.

By following these simple practices, you can keep the bed in its best condition, which will make your mattresses last longer and give you a better night’s sleep. However, fixing the mattresses won’t do anything about the overweight issue or the pain in your back. For those, you might want to try exercise or massage therapy.

Featured photo credit: Brit + Co via images.britcdn.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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