We are taking a little pre-summer vacation to Dallas, Texas this week and no trip to Texas is complete without a little visit to IKEA! Love it or hate it, we enjoy just walking around getting ideas for our home and seeing how they utilize each square inch of space in their showrooms. The first time Cale and I ever went to IKEA we spent 5 hours just looking around. I know some husbands may not be the home shopping type, but I’m sooooo thankful that Cale enjoys it as much as I do (which can also be frustrating at times too!)! :/
This is our first trip to IKEA with a Toddler in tow so we have put together a little list of items we definitely want to checkout. With our Nursery + Toddler Room Combo almost complete, we are really just looking for a few key items to complete the room (can’t wait to show you the final photos!).
CLOSET: The Nursery + Toddler Room unfortunately doesn’t have a closet. I’ve been looking up ideas and fun ways to hang stuff and am loving the idea of using regular coat hooks as a decorative element in a room, while also acting as a semi-closet. Luckily for us we are planning for two boys so all we need is a little space for a few dress items, a jacket or two, and maybe a backpack.
STORAGE: When you fit multiple kids in any room toy storage and organization is definitely key! IKEA has a couple of really fun closed storage options. I like that the units are small so the kids can put their own toys away when finished and that they’ll be easy to label if needed. Since I’ve become obsessed with green accents in the boys’ room I’m crushing on the pine and green combination.
- Krokig Wall Storage with Hooks in Green
- Trofast Pine Shelf & Green Box Storage
- Algot Frame & Mesh Baskets
- Stuva Storage Combination with Drawers
LIGHTING: James is a good sleeper, but sharing a room with a baby is gonna present whole nother level of challenges during his nighttime routine. We are looking to instal under counter type lighting and/or spotlighting so that we can aim the lights where we need them; like the changing table and the rocking chair.
ODDS & ENDS: What room isn’t complete without a few fun odds and ends? We love taking everyday items and using them in a functional and unique way. For example, instead of buying a normal boring diaper pale, wouldn’t it be cool to have a metal trash can with a lid (as long as it holds the smell!)?!
Tiny colorful metal flower pots are a great way to organize and display smaller games and crafts likes dominoes, matchbox cars, and little plastic cowboys and Indians.
And what boy’s room wouldn’t be complete without a road play mat? We’ve decided to let all aesthetics out the window and get over our “designer” selves. This is purely for our kids’ enjoyment and pleasure since James continues to fall more in love with cars, trucks, and tractors.
We’re hoping this list will give some us some direction and keep us focused so we don’t get too distracted. Countdown to nap time starts as soon as we get to IKEA so we need to utilize every spare moment we have!
Any advice for long shopping trips with a Toddler?!
Wish us luck!
From The Farm
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