Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Ikea Effect

On Friday we travelled to the Ikea store at Warrington, Cheshire.  Our main reason for the trip was to sort out much needed storage for the front room.  The trip which should have taken just over an hour took in excess of two hours, traffic jams and road works were the order of the day :-)  We love the Ikea store most particularly the Swedish ability to shoe horn massive amounts of storage in the smallest of spaces.  What we find difficult is the one way system around the store which is exhausting for someone like me who lives with an invisible chronic illness.  At one point those comfy beds all lined in a row were incredibly inviting!  Needless to say coffee, analgesics and anti-inflammatories have been my main stay since the weekend but the pain and exhaustion have been worth it :-)


 A pip juice for a Pip :-)

 A paper mobile.


 Perler bead fun.


 A mine craft creeper in the making.



 A wooden grid.




 Hiding.


 A cheeky face.


 Working on the doors.


 A happy helper.


 All done!  Well almost :-)  There are two doors still needing to be finished but we ran out of steam!  The average bedtime for the adults in the house has been midnight at the earliest ;-)  I had hoped for an early night but we are currently on diabetes watch.  Benedict has encountered a pump problem and so we are back on emergency injections until a new pump can be dispatched and so it is a two hourly check and further injections if needed throughout the night. 

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  1. I can't believe how much Pip has changed since we last saw her, she looks totally different and so grown up! That storage looks great, it's enormous how on earth did you fit it all in your car?

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    1. At one point I did wonder if it was going to fit in the car especially considering we had also bought extra items :-). Thankfully it did fit and it has done a great job in tidying the front room!

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  2. Ikea makes me feel like I am trapped in an underground bunker- I hate the not being able to see daylight and not being able to get out quickly like you say!!! The storage looks good!!x

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    1. Yes it is a bit of a rabbit warren :-)

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  3. ah . . the fun and exhausting ikea outing! you picked such a nice unit and did a great job putting it together! i'm thinking of you right now and hoping that benedict is doing alright and you are getting some rest :) xoxo

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    1. Thanks for thinking of us. We have just watched a Michael Poryillo programme, railway journeys in America and naturally he started in New York! I think you can watch it on BBC I player , he was not far from your area on 10th street and the Hudson :-)

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    2. oh really! we have to see that! he starts in our neighborhood! i'll look it up! :) xoxo

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  4. Hope you managed to get some sleep and Benedict's new pump arrives quickly. The Kallax unit looks great! I've only been to Ikea once as we don't have one anywhere near us.

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    1. Still running short on sleep but the pump arrived the following morning, so grateful X

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  5. I had to laugh about the inviting Ikea beds! My brother once took a nap in a Danish museum. It was at an old farmstead and they had those beds with wooden doors. He simply went inside and fell asleep, he was still a toddler. It was a guided tour and we had not noticed that he was missing :).

    Great storage solution! I wish we and Ikea close by. The next one is in Canada, over three hours away and you have to deal with customs when you shop there.

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    1. Love the story about your brother! Pip had fun resting in the under bed tent, it was decorated with soft lighting and books :-)

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  6. We have the same units San! I love how versatile they are. Hope all is good with the new pump now, and you're all rested after the Ikea trip :) xx

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