IKEA 101 for the Hobbiest

I have a stong organizational gene and passed it along to my daughter. Sara is a willing travel companion when I mention a shopping trip to just about anywhere. Recently, she needed new furniture and I invited myself along for the ride to IKEA. Ok, I drove and she bought lunch.
I had a simple list that I created with the IKEA app. The app is really handy for making a list in advance of your trip. It also gives you the location for picking up your items in the store and a total of all the stuff you bought. My daughter’s list was extensive so I kept it simple to save room for her much needed furniture. I came home with some great finds and I’m pretty sure I need a trip back for the rest.
If you’re a crafter of any kind, good light is priceless and sometimes a little tough to come by. Winters here in the midwest mean cloudy, grey days. I have Ottlites but I often need a boost from another light. The swing arm lamps (TERTIAL) are inexpensive ($8.99-$14.99) and versatile. I have one on my bead table, wire working table and my desk. They clamp on or in the case of my wire working table, I secured it with screws to the wood surface.
Drawers and Storage
There is no shortage of storage options at IKEA. I have some great ones already but I still need a few new pieces to replace the old, not-so-appropriate bits of furniture. I didn’t know about this drawer unit (HELMER) before I got there but I’m glad I spied it. It was only $39.99 and pretty easy to put together. It has little wheels on the bottom and six drawers. I keep it close to my table to grab supplies I use all the time; you can’t keep everything on the table top.
These boxes (TJENA) were an impulse purchase. They were on sale for only $3.19 each and have 12 sections about 3”x3”. They fit my bracelet collection perfectly. The black is no longer available but the new collection of colors are $3.99 each. I sure hope they bring the black ones back.
My renewed obsession in wire working creates another storage dilemma. There is the wire, tools, jig and its accessories. I found this box while waiting for my daughter to work out her closet storage options (it was going to take a while). This box (SAMLA) comes in a variety of sizes. I went with the 6 gallon size (15-1/4x11x11”) box with the insert and cover. The only downside is the cover doesn’t snap on the box. Since I don’t carry around or store little beads in it, it works well. These were also on sale and the three pieces were less than $7.
I didn’t get this one but Sara did and I think I need one. The KALLAX ($64.99-8 space unit) is a shelf unit that you can attach a workspace to. You can also get inserts for the “cubbies” to add drawers or doors. Sara added drawers to one cubbie and filled in the lower spaces with flexible storage cubes. She also attached a workspace. I was impressed with how easy it went together; it looked intimidating. You can remove the workspace if necessary or get adjustable legs if you want it higher. At this point I’m going to recommend at least getting the $9.99 drill from IKEA for putting your furniture together, your hands and arms will thank you later.
Besides the trip to IKEA the Christmas season produced some wonderful gifts. My son, paying close attention to my wish list on Amazon , got me a new Wubber bail making tool and a flat pliers organizer. The organizer keeps the tools on the table lined up so I’m not burying them under other stuff on the table. You might say, it’s a tool landing pad.
My husband, also following my suggestions for a Christmas gift, got me a TUL Notebook. It’s an over-the-top binder of sorts. You can get different discs to accommodate your pages. There’s a special hole punch so you can add just about anything to your paper collection. I got the purple leather cover and 2” discs. It’s hefty but it’s such a cool looking binder. You can see it sitting on the HELMER storage unit in the picture below. I think I need the storage unit just to hold up the notebook.
Now that everything is so neat and tidy, I think I can find the stuff to make something fabulous…or get distracted, start six new projects and get nothing done.

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