This post is by regular contributor Cath Oehlman aka SquiggleMum.
There is one piece of furniture that I see over and over in family homes.
One piece of furniture that saves many of us from the invasion of mess.
One piece of furniture so versatile it appears in bedrooms, living spaces, offices and more.
One piece of furniture chameleonic enough to suit almost all styles.
One piece of furniture so indispensable I think it should be part of the baby bonus payment!
The Expedit, from Ikea.
I have to confess we don’t have one – we have four! The Expedit is a humble piece of furniture: a big box with divisions to make smaller boxes. Of course other brands and stores stock similar storage options but they all function in the same simple way. It’s as easy as putting stuff into the spaces. I like simple!
Here are 5 reasons why this simple solution works for our family:
1. “A place for everything and everything in its place…”
This is never truer than when you have a young family. If you don’t have a dedicated place for things to go, they have a way of finding their own places to congregate. I am still learning this one (!!) but a storage system certainly helps.
2. One at a time.
In the family room our Expedit is filled with baskets. Each basket is the home of a different group of toys. This is a system that works for SO many mums. It limits the toys out at one time. Often less is more when it comes to children’s play, and they struggle with too many options. We have a one-basket-out-at-a-time rule in our home.
3. Simplify packing up.
If #1 is true (you have a place for everything), and if #2 is in effect (you have limited the toys out at one time) then #3 should follow! Packing up is achievable for even a young toddler if it is only a matter of picking things up and putting them in the basket. We sing a song as we tidy.
4. Visual appeal.
I think it is important to have family friendly spaces in a family home. We don’t have a playroom, and we don’t have a formal lounge room. In our house most of the toys are kept within the open-plan family living space. Everything looks a LOT better hidden away in baskets when not in use! Box storage systems, and the baskets and containers to fit them, are available in lots of colours and styles to suit your home.
5. Cost effectiveness.
For such a versatile and effective piece of furniture, the Expedit and other box storage systems are relatively inexpensive. Depending on what you choose, the baskets or containers may be the biggest expense, but you can always add these gradually.
Do you use some kind of box-storage system in your home? If so, which room in the house do you use it in, and how effective is it for your family? If not, perhaps it’s time for an expedit-ion to Ikea?!
PS – This post was not sponsored, requested or connected with Ikea in any way.
PPS – Dear Ikea. Please let me know if you’d like to change that last PS. Did I mention I have four Expedits? I even made an “expedit-ion” joke. I know, I know. I’m not considering a career in comedy… Cath.
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