This insight was helpful when I planned the purchase of a new IKEA bed frame and Casper (mail order) mattress. This is the breakdown of the larger project:
1. Purchased disassembled bed frame.
2. Returned to IKEA to exchange bed frame for correct size. (Thanks Cadence for pointing out that I had purchased the full instead of the queen.)
3. Set a date with friends who would help me assemble the frame.
4. Returned to IKEA to purchase galvanized metal beam. (Two cashiers commented on my not buying the $10 item with the other pieces. I explained Operation Underwhelm. They were polite, and continued with their customer service tasks.)
5. Friends spent a Saturday morning assembling the bed sans wooden slats or actual mattress on the premises.
6. Ordered mattress online.
7. Made first trip to Home Depot for slats. (I chose this option based on friends' recommendation and to save some money.)
8. Mattress arrived ahead of schedule.
9. Casper instructions about space between slats required a second trip to Home Depot.
10. Carried up box containing mattress from porch to entry way to second floor bedroom--solo.
11. Unpacked mattress, watched it fill out.
12. Scratched my head and wondered aloud, "How am I going to get this mattress onto the platform on my own?
13. Texted friend to ask if she was available to help. (She lives 10 minutes away.)
14. Resolved to accomplish this task alone.
15. Did it with much shimmying, running around the mattress back and forth, and deep sighing.
16. Placed newly washed, brand new linens on my new bed.
17. Slept well and satisfied by another job well done.
When I review the steps it took for me to accomplish this project, it's tempting to chastise myself for all the little detours it took me to get this job done. But I also know that throughout the entire 17 steps the only times I felt overwhelmed were carrying the box that ways more than me up the stairs and maneuvering the mattress on the platform bed. And then I smile because I managed those things on my own after all.
|Assembly is beginning.|
|This circular piece had me endlessly fascinated. I love IKEA engineering.|
|Lots of steps to get to this finished project. Time for slats.|
|On the way up the stairs.|
|Progress, but first, the box slid down and I caught it before it reached the bottom.|
|Now for snipping the mattress out of its protective covering.|
|As soon as I cut into the plastic, I heard a whoosh of air.|
|There she is. How in the WORLD am I lifting it onto the bed?|
|Let the running back and forth begin!|
|Tada! Part One|
|Tada! Part Two|
|View from my new bed. Sweet dreams, indeed!|