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?

Photo of storage bag

You can use this recycled plastic bag for storing out-of-season clothes. It can sit on its side or stand up (as shown), and you can mold it to tight closet spaces. Or it’s actually cute enough to leave out. Love the zipper!

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.


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