We moved into our new house 6 months ago and my clothes are still hanging in the garment boxes that the removal company provided.
I have not complained (much) thus far because this was only to be a temporary measure until we had gorgeous new alcove wardrobes fitted. However, we did not
budget properly plan for replacement windows, a new loft hatch, loft flooring, damping, plastering, new carpets, new bed, painting, new locks, made to measure plantation shutters (stunning!) with matching kitchen blind AND fitted wardrobes.
So, something had to be pushed back into phase two of the house overhaul… or cut back on wine and sack the cleaner.
I grew to love those cardboard hanging boxes.
Even though I had to re-iron every item that I pulled out of them and even when they eventually buckled under the weight of all the clothes stacked in them and on top of them.
This is how I found myself in IKEA on Saturday morning measuring up self assembly storage systems with a grumpy Greek God(zilla).
“Would you like somewhere to hang your belts and ties?” the nice IKEA lady asked him.
“Yeah ok” he answered, mildly irritated.
“Trouser hangers and a shoe rack?” she suggested
“Yeah ok” he responded, bored.
“A tray to keep your sunglasses and accessories?”
“Why not…” he said with a smidgen more interest.
On ‘my’ side of the storage system, I went for a short and long hanging compartment, shoe rack, fitted drawers, glass display shelf, wire baskets, little canvas boxes and the accessories tray along with frosted doors and a white frame.
We arranged to have it all delivered AND to make sure it looks like the brochure once assembled we have also arranged for someone to come and assemble it properly.
On the walk round the rest of the store to the checkout, we picked up a two sets of wine glasses (the Greek God(zilla) broke our last one on Friday), two roasting trays, various tupperware, photo frames, cushions, food containers, dish brushes, food bag clips, two ceiling shades, a draining tray for the washing up and plastic cutlery (no, I do not know why either… probably because it was £1).
All in all, the final cost was probably not too far off how having built-in alcove wardrobes.
But, that would have been too easy…
IKEA – Heaven or Hell on Earth?