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I know I’ve talked non-stop about IKEA for the past week, I can’t help it. I’ve been living IKEA for the past two months. I’m currently the mayor of IKEA on FourSquare. I think it was coincidence that I was invited to participate in a webinar today about IKEA organization, or maybe they saw my tweets and twitpics and posts and invited me because of them. Either way, it was fun, and I heard something at the end about getting one of the products that was discussed during the webinar, but I didn’t catch which one, so I get to be surprised.
I was about five minutes late thanks to the longest leg/bikini wax in history (don’t ever stop waxing just because it’s cold out – the first time back is brutal). But once I raced home I got to sit at my computer and eat Baked Lay’s (just tried the Southwestern flavor – where have these been all my life?) and drink Diet Dr. Pepper, while technically “working.” I love my life.
The meeting covered twelve months of organizing with IKEA. I thought I knew IKEA products pretty well, having practically camped out in the store lately, but I discovered some things today that I absolutely want to buy, and others I wish I had known about before, when I really needed them.
The first is from the Raritet line of storage containers. There are a couple that have incorporated measuring cups into the lid! I’m going to buy a bunch for all those foods I measure each and every time I use them: oatmeal, rice, cereal, sugar, flour…I’m sure there are more. Since you’re using the measuring cup for the same food each time, and the cup stores inside the container, you just use it and put it back – no washing! Genius. If IKEA is listening, I would love a smaller line with smaller measurements – for salt, baking powder, etc. Just please remember to make the opening wide enough to allow for leveling off back into the container.
Another great kitchen idea I learned today? If you’ve got those big, low IKEA kitchen drawers (I do) or a low slide-out shelf in a pantry (I do), fill them with glass-topped jars so that you can see what’s in them without having to lift them up. There are a bunch in the Droppar line. Definitely on my shopping list.
Next is the Brada laptop support cushion. I rarely use my laptop at a table, and the fan is broken, so it would be nice to get the searing heat off of my lap.
The extendable kids beds are a great idea. My son had no problem going from his crib to a giant bed when I needed his crib for his sister, but not every kid is that easy. I know a lot of parents who go through multiple beds as their kids grow. These beds solve that problem.
The Sultan storage beds, which lift the mattress hydraulically to reveal storage underneath, are a great space-saver for those who don’t want the look of a bed with drawers. And you’ve got a secret hiding place. :-)
I’m not sure if the Kassett boxes were mentioned during the webinar, but I have a house full of them (if you’ve seen any of the Amy in the Morning videos I do from the guest room, there’s a shelf of them behind me). Even though they’re cardboard, they’re incredibly sturdy. They come in a lot of different sizes and are a much more attractive alternative to plastic storage boxes.
My other new-product wish? That IKEA would make a Kassett box with metal rods inside for hanging file folders. I really need to get my files out of my one big file cabinet and divide them up according to how and where I use them. I live in a four story house. Once central location for all files just isn’t working.
Organizing my new IKEA kitchen has been fun. Yes, I said fun. It was a blessing-in-disguise that we’ve been without countertop and sink – and thus not really using the kitchen – for over a week. Instead of having to rush and get the kitchen in working order, I’ve been able to take my time, agonizing over where every spoon will go, where the best place is for things the kids need to get to, where my 12 different kinds of plastic wrap and bags should live. But you don’t need to get a new kitchen to make yours more usable. Take a look around your own kitchen, and identify the problem areas, those things that always annoy you. Are the measuring cups and spoons too far from where you bake? Are the spices all in a cabinet where you can’t see what’s what? Do your knives stay permanently dull because they’re all jumbled together in a drawer?
If you can’t redo your whole kitchen, you can at least take care of the things that annoy you most.
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