Ask any mom about her wish list and it will generally look something like this: get more sleep, get organized and grow an extra set of arms to tackle the day. While growing an extra appendage is unlikely and sadly sleep seems to be a thing of the past, getting organized is one item on the list that can be accomplished thanks to the ingenious Swedish home improvement brand, IKEA.
With a company motto focused on improving people'??s lives, including an incentive towards sustainable practices, as well as those that are designed save '??space, time and money,'? IKEA and its sleek (and functional) products are every mom'??s dream.
I recently had the opportunity to preview the 2011 IKEA catalogue and some of their sanity-saving organizational products. Although it made me realize just how disorganized I am, I was inspired by their creative solutions.
Starting with the kid'??s room, theKUSINER storage baskets are great for small toys, while the newTrofastframe is customizable to add shelving and boxes -- keeping toys and books organized. You can also buy a crib at IKEA in theGULLIVER or theKRITTER aka the big kid bed. I also loved the newLATT children'??s table with two chairs that are perfect for any toddler -- they can paint, draw, look at books or even eat here-- and for $19.99 it'??s the perfect price point for an item that you will likely use for a long time. Add theTROFAST for storage or theSPONTAN -- a magnetic board where you can neatly place your child'??s art or photos, also makes for a nice (and organized) room decor option.
Beyond the kid'??s room, the 2011 IKEA catalogue is filled with solutions for the home. If you are in the market for a couch and a love seat (or both), theKIVIKis an ideal option for you. Not only does it have memory foam, which molds to the contours of your body, but it also features storage in the armrest and easy maintenance (simply remove the covering and throw it in the washing machine). Also on the top of my must-have product list, is theRETUR, a 12-gallon recycling bin and theIKEA PS HÃ?VET -- a chair that converts into a twin-size bed. This one would be ideal for small spaces, especially with guests as it easily-converts into a bed.
Now that I'??ve crossed the organizational thing off my list, it'??s time to see what I can do about sleep.:)
Also, on my must-have list:
ANTONIUS, a four-drawer storage bin with wheels
DAVE, a laptop desk that slides open and closes to cover wires and a laptop. Also with wheels.
IKEA STOCKHOLM BLAD, pretty curtains to brighten up any room.
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com
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