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What I Love About IKEA

Firstly, this was written our of pure, genuine enthusiasm for all things IKEA. I love the food, the furniture, the design, the space saving ideas, the bargains, the feeling that anything is possible – I just love the adventure of it all.

So let me take you through all the things I love about IKEA. It’s something we do fairly often as a family – we just go to to walk around, have a look, touch, sit, play, design, dream, and of course – eat.

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Perfect Parking

OKAY, so the first thing I like in Ikea is the parking. It has “Family Parking”. Not “Parents with Prams” (especially after my Parents with Prams Parking controversy)- not even “Parent parking.” It’s family parking – and this feels wide open to interpretation. Doesn’t matter if you’re a mum, or a dad (or not a parent at all) if you have a kid in a pram, or on foot – you can park here. They’re wider spaces, not necessarily the closest parks to the entrance, but they’re close to the walk ways and trolley bays. Thank you IKEA!!!11130149_10204699296746498_6160744002706848656_n

Free Stuff

The next thing is my kids favourite thing about IKEA. FREE PENCILS AND TAPE MEASURES AND MAPS! Oh my! And even times that we say “We’re not going to buy anything” we still need a to be able to write down all the things we’re “not going to buy.” Right?

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Like this couch. Totally. not. going. to. buy. it. I REALLY want this couch. For the record, I wouldn’t use it for a spare bed for guests – I’d use it for family movie nights!!!

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Tiny Homes

I’m a little obsessed with tiny tiny houses. I love the little made up ‘homes’. Beautifully appointed with so many clever space saving ideas and lighting and pretty. I can totally imagine myself just moving right on it. I would love this bedroom. I want everything in it. Including the fireplace.

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So Many Fantastic Bargains!

I love the absolute unimaginable bargains you can get at Ikea. Like an $8 coffee table! (We have this coffee table at home)

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And all the cubes (We have these cubes at home.)

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And this $69 rocking chair?! WHERE WERE YOU FOR THE LAST 6 YEARS OF MY LIFE! I used to rock my kids in the office chair when I was desperate, when I could have just had this.

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So Many Toys (and great quality for price too)

The kids also love all the toys. They have so many beautiful, inexpensive, wooden toys. Also puppets. And craft supplies. And basically everything you could ever need to deck out a child’s bedroom, a play room – or heck an entire childcare centre.

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Mmmm Fabric

And like I needed anything more to love about Ikea, they also sell fabric. Come on. I’m pretty sure IKEA was designed for me.

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My Idea Of Heaven

IKEA Market Hall is my go-to place for any crockery, cutlery, utensils, mixing bowls, glasses, containers, kids cups, plates and bowls – pretty much anything you could possibly imagine every needing in a kitchen you can get from Ikea. I also love buying presents for people here. I love their candles, vases, paintings, frames, decorations, plants, pots…. and so on. Just everything… they pretty much have everything. (Check out that wall of candles!)

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I also love getting the furniture from the warehouse. I mean. How cool is this.

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Food Glorious Food

LAST but not at all least. The food. OMG the food. I do love the meatballs – everyone loves the meatballs – and the food court, but I think the food market outside the check out is where it’s at. The cinnamon buns are amazing and 5 divide REALLY well between our family of 4. (1 each for everyone and 2 for me!) Also the $1 chocolate blocks are pretty amazing.

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So, that’s all folks, that’s everything I love about IKEA. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

 

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So, do you love IKEA as much as I do? What do you love the most about IKEA?

 

About Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner.

She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum.

She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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