favorite Ikea finds

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Kitchen, Master Bathroom, My House, Organizing

We live about 90 minutes away from an Ikea, so I don’t go there often.  Maybe once every three or four years.  On Friday, my mom and I made the trek and spent the day “doing Ikea.”  It really is like a theme park.  Wear comfortable shoes, get your map, make your lists, so you don’t miss anything.  Make your plans, so you hit lunch at the right time.  It’s an event.

I went with a pretty sizable list of things I wanted, mostly for home organization projects I’ve been chipping away at when I have the time.

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It’s the kind of store where it’s easy to keep throwing things in the cart, though, even with a focused list.  That’s just $5.00 or $1.50 and who knows when I’ll be back at an Ikea again, so I had better get it!

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(Those woodland cookie cutters were totally an impulse buy, but I thought they were so sweet!)

I bought a couple of dispensers for my dish and hand soap by the kitchen sink.

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And baskets for the pantry…

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The pantry seems to be the hardest area for me to get and keep organized.  I think the key to a tidy pantry is freeing everything from the packaging…boxes specifically.  They take up a lot of space and, since they are opaque, you can’t see exactly what you have.  I’m still working on what system and arrangement works best for our family, but I knew I wanted some baskets!

Also on my list were utensil holders for my kitchen drawers.  I’ve had plastic ones that, in theory, expanded to fit the size of the drawers they were installed in.  The problem is that they would slide around, resulting in a messy drawer with shifting contents.  I tried putting rubber grippers underneath, but to no avail.

I measured my drawers and the bamboo utensil holders from Ikea would fit almost perfectly, with very little wiggle room.

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In fact they fit perfectly length-wise.  That is, except for the screws holding in my hardware!  I had just splurged on these beautiful liners and I couldn’t get them to fit in my drawers!

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well, I have power tools and I will not be foiled.

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I used a drum sanding attachment on the Dremel and made space for the screws.

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Now they fit perfectly.  I love how clean and tidy they look and they make better use of the space.

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I also got them for my gadget and knife drawers.

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I’m especially excited about the in-drawer knife block.

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Even Jeff said, “This drawer has never looked so good.”  That’s high praise from someone who doesn’t typically get enthused about organization.

Another purchase I’m excited about is this wall-mounted bathroom mirror.  I am always leaning way over the vanity when I’m doing my makeup, putting in my contacts, tweezing my eyebrows, etc., so this is going to make my morning routine just a little bit easier on my lower back (even if it means seeing my pores at 3x magnification!)

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I crossed the finish line at the checkout with tired feet and an impressive puzzle of home goods wedge my cart.  It really was like a clown car when I was unloading the contents onto the belt!

Happy with our hauls, I think my mom and I can safely call Ikea, “done”.

favorite Ikea finds

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