IKEA trips are pretty much my favorite thing. I am like a drooling kid in a candy store when I go to this place. Like, I literally drool. Or maybe that’s just Weston’s drool all over me. The first time I went, my mom and I both could barely contain ourselves (“everything’s so cheap! and so cute!”). We spent 7 hours shopping that day. Of course, my hubs wasn’t quite as excited when I got home with a car FULL of cheap & cute stuff, most of which required hours of his manual labor to put together (sorry, babe)!
My mom is usually my IKEA shopping buddy, and we went last week. But this time, we had a new little shopper with us:
Actually I guess Weston’s first IKEA trip was last Spring, when he looked like this:
Anyways, he was quite the trooper. He loves being out and about in stores (Target is another one of his faves…boy after my own heart :))
I went with a few items in mind to look for, based on areas in our home that desperately need some organizing attention (pantry & master closet in particular…major disaster zones).
Here are some of the things I bought that I can’t wait to use…
I snagged two of these boxes ($5.99 each) to store some of Weston’s toys in our office/room where we stash random junk (please tell me I’m not the only one who has a random junk room?!) We keep some of his larger toys in here, so it made sense to put at least some smaller toys too so he has other options when playing in here. These boxes are big enough to hold plenty of toys, and I like the soft fabric texture, too. We’re trying our best to keep things fairly simple and not let baby toys completely take over our home, so right now it’s working for us to have one box of toys in his nursery, one in the living room, and one in the office, in addition to a few bigger toys (like activity mats and a sit-in car) that sort of float around various rooms.
I grabbed a couple more of these clothes storage boxes ($19.99 for a 2-pack) to put in our master closet. These pretties match our bedroom, and I love using them for out-of-season clothes or for smaller items like scarves, gloves, and hats.
Remember that pantry organization project I mentioned here? Well, it has yet to be completed (or even begun, actually), but now I have some of these containers to make the pantry a little more streamlined. I’m thinking of using them for cereal, chips, crackers, etc., and I also got some smaller ones to use for granola, almonds, and other smaller-sized food.
I use these boxes for office storage near my desk — they house things like extra notepads, stationery, and gift-wrapping supplies. I needed a few more for some craft supplies, and I love how they tidy up my office space.
I kind of broke an organizing rule with this purchase and bought this basket without an actual use for it in mind. But isn’t it just lovely? I’m sure I’ll find a home for it in the living room or florida room, since we have the whole basket/wooden texture thing going on in those two rooms especially. It’s a pretty good size for $9.99, and I’m thinking it might be a home for remote controls, or magazines, or maybe even napkins in the kitchen. Hmmm…
This storage box is actually meant to be used as an insert for another box, but I bought a few to store cleaning supplies underneath our bathroom cabinets and in a hall closet. I love that the handle makes it easy to grab and go when I’m rushing around getting my clean on.
Ok, so this last item doesn’t really have anything to do with organizing, but look at this cute deer! I was downright giddy to find so much lime green at IKEA this time around, since Weston’s nursery has some of this shade. I couldn’t resist grabbing this guy to add a splash of green on top of his navy blue bookcase. (Hoping to do a nursery tour post soon)!
So that’s my round-up of favorite IKEA organizing tools. Now I need to put this stuff to use and get some serious organizing going on ’round here.
Happy Monday! (Er, Tuesday…my night owl baby just went down for the night, so it still feels like Monday to me :))