Although most of my extravagantly excessive shopping of late has been secondhand, there have also been a few new purchases, which is a rarity for me. After using the same rapidly deteriorating foam mattress for well over a decade and a possibly starting to mildew futon for the last four years, I bought a new queen sized mattress. True to form, though, I bought it on super sale ($500 instead of $1700) and used $150 in gift cards to pay for it.
To go with the new mattress in a different size I also got a bed frame and bedding. The latter was at the insistence of my mother who actually sent me a cheque to cover the cost of new sheets, pillows, and blankets because she wanted me to have a fresh place to sleep. She’s long been a proponent of clearing stuff out to clear your mind and has seen the separation as a major opportunity for growth and changing around my life, starting with the bedroom (have I mentioned that my parents are fantastic and have been utterly and absolutely wonderful over the past few months? I am very, very lucky.)
The final result is, in short, glorious. I’m usually pretty hard on myself about new purchases, but not so much with these ones. Although what I spent on the bed is probably the most amount of money that I’ve spent on anything in years, it’s been completely worth it. I anticipate it will last for many, many years. But even more importantly, I sleep so, so much better and it’s made such a huge difference to my mood, my focus, and my work.