Shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic was more productive.

Is there anything more scintillating that reading about someone else re-organising their home? Without photos? I doubt it so stink it up dear readers, I doubt it gets much better than this. This is what the last two days have been for me.

Our living arrangement is the housing equivalent of the mini and the clowns at the circus.

As most of you know, our house is a living Ode to Ikea with quite an alter of Ivar shelving. GOD I hate Ivar shelving. What was bought as a cheap ‘until we have more money’ has now been the cornerstone of our decor since 1995. Yes, that is correct. 1995.

SO I tried to (finally) (after 14 years) paint some of them. My goal was to repaint our green wall blue, to paint the majority of Ivars in hi-gloss white and one in a bold canary yellow. I was attempting the canary yellow. It was a fail of epic proportions. I can’t go into it. I’m scared is all.

SO, I ditched that plan.

Instead, a 5×5 Expedite was moved from the hallway outside our room to serve as a room divider in our back room. The tall Ivars were then relocated to where the Expedite had lived and now houses all the books in the house  bar the cook books which form quite a display on the Expedite. Resplendent with strategically placed vintage Fowler bowls.

I know. My sense of style. Breathtaking.

The other side of the Expedite is home to crappe.

The Norbet (an Ikea sideboard) is now along the wall and home to lego (of course) and all the TV, gaming devices.

THEN – I realised the disaster shelves could work in the bigger boys’ room along with our vintage armchair recovered in… IKEA… fabric. So that happened.

Then I had to deal with the pavers out the back. A victim of the painting fiasco. A cause of major grief for particular family members. This involved a 3mx3m area, LOT of turps, a scrubbing brush and me. Yeah.

There are now a number of baskets and boxes of things that don’t fit anywhere. Our bedroom is a disaster zone.

Curiously the house is no bigger.

Oh, and there was tending to chickens and guinea pigs.









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  • I cooked, as in , real food-all day. I cooked eccles cakes x 30. I cooked one large lumberjack cake. I cooked 3 doz sausage rolls. I cooked a loaf of bread. I cooked a shitload vat of soup, I cooked honey joys x 24. I cooked dinner. next time we should get together and bore each other shitless. (although I do like the sound of your rearranging)

  • My IKEA furniture is so old, that it is now slowly being replaced by Fantastic! furniture. Yep, I’m moving up in the world…

  • Bwhaahahaha! Laughed myself silly. Oh, except for the yellow paint bit. Because that has happened to me to. And I know. Totally unfunny. Mine was antique white…

  • Oh, but I love IVAR! Mum saved up throughout my childhood & gradually bought enough to house all Dad’s books (we carried the shelves home, 5 at a time, on the train). It was my job to wax them all with bees’ wax. Maybe we sanded first, I’ve forgotten. Then finally Mum & I put Ivar together, as a birthday ‘surprise’. Ah, memories.

    But anyway, just to say, you’re not alone. We have only 3 types of furniture in our house: 2nd hand store; IKEA; and Freedom (outlet store). In many ways, I love it. And at least I don’t freak out if a kid makes scratches…

  • “Like everyone else, I had become a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct. If I saw something clever like the coffee table in the shape of a yin and yang,I had to have it. I would flip through catalogs and wonder, “What kind of dining set defines me as a person?” I had it all. Even the glass dishes with tiny bubbles and imperfections, proof they were crafted by the honest, simple, hard-working indigenous peoples of wherever.” – Fight Club (Movie)

  • I want an Expedit. In black but
    A: I have no where to put it
    B: I can’t afford it

    Maybe you ought to come round and help.

  • It’s a recognise game ya know? It’s called “junk tetris”

  • Paola

    I’m not bored at all. I would LOVE to rearrange and I LOVE hearing you rearrange.
    As long as you’re happy about it.

  • I have had the makeover bug too! and yes, I agree….my work room is no bigger after all my efforts:(
    I had the grand idea of painting a timber desk I bought of ebay white….gloss white. Not one of my best ideas, hubby couldn’t bare to watch any longer and took over thank god! Normally I would tell him to take a hike and its my project but this time I was willing to hand over the paint brush:)
    After a week I have a pretty (but no bigger) office with a aqua wall and white sewing table. It looks much more inviting but the makeover wasn’t complete without yet another……IKEA bookshelf to store fabric:P
    I will post some pics on my blog later tonight:)

  • I’m in the process of moving to a much, much smaller flat, so I’m planning a trip to my local IKEA to have another look at how they fit storage etc into those little “apartment” style displays that are about the size of my current bathroom….