Was it Ikea madness or my own? Shopping at Ikea during the July 4th weekend sale? What was I thinking? Strangely enough, even though the showroom marketing maze was packed and difficult to navigate, the checkout lines were short. I breezed through in some sort of Ikean space-time warp.
I wonder if the massive redesign in the Emeryville store confused shoppers so much that they couldn’t find their way to checkout (despite the herdlike signage). I envision shoppers pushing their carts endlessly in circles, piling on more and more stuff, and then abandoning them mid-maze, clawing their way to emergency exits out of Ikea-induced exhaustion/overload. Or, near closing time, security finds shoppers trapped in the maze in shopping-induced stupors. They manually lead them back to checkout, to mile-long lines and Ikea has to stay open all night to check them out.
Or maybe they just had all the cash registers open. Forgot to notice.
I wonder if Ikea has considered an express lane to the checkout area (or toll lane—you’d have to pay them to let you out of the store early). But I guess that defeats the purpose of the maze.
As you might have suspected, I have a whole shopping/consumer love/hate philosophy about Ikea, but I’ll share that with you in another post.
FIND: Sometimes the small finds are the most fun. This simple inexpensive storage solution is perfect for my winter clothes. It’s a zippered bag made out of recycled plastic and it can fit in tight spaces. I had considered storing my winter clothes offsite, but now I can cram this bag on the top shelf of my tiny closet.
Tip: A flexible bag fits better in a tight space then a cardboard box or plastic storage bin. And it looks cuter too. You can also carry it by the handle if you ever need to move it. Did I mention the $2.99 price tag?
I actually went to Ikea for curtains (I’ve always liked their selection of lightweight white curtains), but no luck on that front.
Oh and I did find a few other small-space solutions. More on those later.