When we bought our new, 2200 square foot current home, I joked that we would be living like hobos. We didn't own enough furniture to even come close to filling it. The first six weeks we lived here we had a TV on the wall of the family room and only the floor to sit on. We had only recently acquired our new king-sized bedroom set, or the guest room would have been empty, too.
We're still acquiring "stuff", like any family does, though we probably have more empty spaces than most people would allow. I, on the other hand, don't really care. Its nice to have room to breathe and the rooms will look lived in soon enough. But it occurred to me awhile ago that I might just want to make some effort at adorning my home before it gets overrun with bean bag chairs and deer mounts.
So when I tweeted
Why, drive to IKEA of course!
There's not a store within 100 miles, the nearest being in Schaumburg, IL. It was perfect for a Saturday road trip, to be followed up with a stop at the Lego Store in the Woodfield Mall as a treat to the boys for being good in the Mommy store.
I'd never been there before, and though I'd been warned...I just had no idea. That place is freakin' HUGE. As in three stories of inexpensive home furnishings including escalators for your cart huge.
And on Saturdays? Oh my dear Lord in heaven save my sanity. That place is BUSY.
We had a short list of items we wanted to look for. (Actually, very short. We meant to measure the boys' closets before we left so as to buy some sort of organizer thingie, but we forgot.) In case you've never been, (riiiight - I'm probably the last person on the face of the planet to have never been inside an Ikea) you don't actually have to need anything. They have crap upon crap that's just right for, well, anyone who cares to go looking for it.
|I put it together myself, yos. |
And I swear mine looks
exactly like this.