IKEA offers so many affordable, modern home items. I have spent hours marveling in the show rooms only to walk down stairs to the merchandise floor and feel panic and awe at the amount of items available for purchase.
About five years ago Denver opened the first IKEA store in Colorado. Previous to this, I had heard of IKEA and had a vague idea of what it was and offered. However, upon taking my first trip to the giant European-based store, I felt a whole new sense of wonder. The store was enormous! My first clue to the size should have been the fact that upon arriving, IKEA has its own multi level parking garage just for their facility. Yet as I traveled up the escalator to the main design floor, the scale and quantity of products felt overwhelming.
IKEA produces many great organizational and design products that have the power to transform your home into the cozy, well-designed haven you dream of. IKEA is famous for their low prices but it should be noted that not everything at IKEA is a good deal. Also, not all of their items are high quality. With things in mind, I’m going to show you my top 10 IKEA buys on a budget to dress up and organize your home.
Top Buy Number 1
Anyone else watch Fixer Upper? This one comes straight out of Joanna Gaines’ playbook. Putting small green plants in your home (even if they are artificial) brightens your living space and infuses life into the atmosphere. I put these in my kitchen window. Every time I look at them I feel happy and my kitchen feels fresh.
Top Buy Number 2
Though this item is on the small side, it has faithfully served as Judah’s lunch container this school year. Granted, he currently attends preschool only 2 days a week, but still. What I love about this container is the divided sections. It allows me to place half a sandwich in one side and other lunch items in the other. I’ll be purchasing a second one of these for Selah next year.
Top Buy Number 3
Another great IKEA storage find I discovered are these clear dry food containers. I’m using them to house my chia and flax seeds that I put in both mine and the kids’ smoothies. The price is low and the quality is above average. I particularly like that they are not extremely tall so that they fit in my Lazy Susan cabinet where I store my blender.
Top Buy Number 4
I love these for organizing my folded clothing items. They come in a pack of six with two of each size. They fit well in drawers and keep their shape. In a recent post, I demonstrated how to fold tee shirts, and I use these Skubb containers to hold my pants and tee shirts.
Top Buy Number 5
These containers combine functionality and design ascetic into one package. The price is relatively low too. I use them to store pictures and special mementos.
Top Buy Number 6
I use these in both Judah and Selah’s rooms. IKEA makes them in a variety of colors. They are perfect for corralling toys and other items that I would like to be out of sight in their rooms. These containers are both flexible and durable which is very important for children. Next month I’m going to show you how I use these in my son’s room to organize all his clothes.
Top Buy Number 7
You can’t beat the price on this hanging hook rack. I have been looking for another hook rack to place in Judah’s room at other department stores and have been having very little luck. I guess I will just have to wait till my next trip to IKEA to pick up another.
Top Buy Number 8
Last summer I read the KonMari book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it changed the way I viewed my clothes. To make a long story short, I got rid of half of my clothes. Then I decided to purchase 50 of the Bumerang hangers from IKEA. They make my closet look so much more organized and put together. Also, now that I only have my favorite clothes in my closet I love getting dressed in the morning.
Top Buy Number 9
The streamlined, clean look these frames provide updates any hallway and adds interest.
Top Buy Number 10
Though IKEA advertises this as a planter, I use the galvanized bucket in my pantry for storing chips and popcorn snacks. I also have big plans for busting it out as a cute holding container for snacks at a summer BBQ or birthday party. I had a model for this shot, and she was so cute I decided she and Desmond the dog should get published along with the bucket.
Do you shop at IKEA? What’s worth the money? What’s not worth the money? What are you favorites? I always love hearing from you. Leave me a comment below!