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Everyday Ikea :: 13

2009-03-18@12-52-33
Forgive me. This pregnant woman has been dreaming of Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce in her sleep.

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It’s been 291 days since we were last at Ikea Cafe.

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Our entire family wonders if we have some Swedish ancestors enjoys the place.

2008-07-08@19-09-46
Right now, I could go for a a 1rmb ice cream cone. After all, I’m suppose to be increasing my dairy intake.

2009-11-18@18-55-54
Going to Ikea is a mini-adventure. We play on the furniture, discover the stuffed animals, and enjoy delicious treats.

We don’t buy everything we see. In fact, we don’t own any furniture from Ikea, but there are plenty of small things that have made our life here a little more convenient.

Let’s make a list.

OK!

Where’s my Sharpie pen?

Over there!

13 Ikea items I use every day:

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We bought this drying rack with the purpose of drying clothes indoors during the long winter, spring, summer and fall rains. When the rain starts, I have to keep up on the laundry – otherwise I will never catch up.

These days, I have it sitting outside on our porch as the perfect place to hang small socks and various undergarments. Since my neighbors are just a few feet away, it seems odd to have them see our essentials.

This photo is of the new Lajban drying rack. We have the older style without the flap-out extensions. I use hangars on either side and can get a lot of clothes on this small rack.

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We have the Kalas plate, bowls and cups. They are the perfect size for three-year-old hands.

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We bought Mammut when it was on sale. When we had a coffee table, Schäfer liked to sit on this stool and have his afternoon snack. When we moved to our new apartment, this stool became the time out chair. These days, Sianna likes to walk around the house pushing the stool.

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Our living room lamp lets off such a soft light. We have the Hemma in black and the Skimra in tan.

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I look at our small Dekad at least 525,600 times a day. Hubs generally runs this clock ahead which works out well because my watch and cell phone run behind. I don’t program them to run behind – they just do.

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These Salma plastic bins organize all of the kids toys. They are much cheaper than the totes we can buy locally. Also, because the lids are sold separately, we can easily replace them.

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About four score and seven years ago, we could not find wooden hangars in our city. Thankfully, Ikea knew the value of a good Hopa.

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Instead of investing in a child’s potty, we got this Försiktig. It was helpful during potty training. The kids still use it each night to climb in and out of the bathtub.

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Where would I be without my Bekväm? Standing on the floor, that’s where! Having a stool has been invaluable since our kitchen cabinets are so high.

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Hubs loves the Grundtal bar and hook system. I’d prefer to have everything thrown tucked in a massive drawer, but Hubs wants to have the daily cooking utensils hanging against the wall.  I can’t even count how many of our kitchen items are from Ikea: glasses, silverware, whisk, 9×13 glass baking pan, etc.

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We love the Rationell Variera so much that I have two of them. A blue one for large plastic bags and a white one for small plastic bags. Even though we no longer get plastic bags from the grocery store, it’s been handy to organize bags for when people come to visit and take things home or when they bring a gift. Of course, I prefer to keep my bags folded.

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Despite the face that we have yet to hang anything in this apartment, I do love a good Ribba frame.

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Every single person in this household has a Skubb in their closet. Buying a hanging organizer was much cheaper and takes up less space than a chest of drawers.

Thanks to globalization, you probably have some of these same items in your home – no matter which country you live in.

Oh and if you didn’t get enough Ideas from the showrooms, check out Ikea Hacker where everyday people take Ikea furnishings to the next creative level.

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