So a while ago the boyfriend and I drove up to visit friends near our hometown. On our way north we stopped off at Ikea so I could spend some of my birthday money. I went in with a plan to buy two of Ikea’s Retur Recycling Bins. Thank you Young House Love and their helpful reader Roberta for the tip off! Each Retur bin is only $19.99 and a great solution for our dirty towel problem. My cat Persephone models our previous system below, which really wasn’t working for me. A big red laundry bag is not what I want to see when I walk in the door nor what I want my guests to see. Yuck!
Of course the boyfriend was dreading the Ikea trip and I was smiling ear to ear. I don’t get to go shopping often due to a miniscule budget. I tried not to dawdle to much, but I did browse enough to pick up a few other things too.
They were selling $1 pillows. Yes I said $1 pillows. Granted these are the overly squishy, not much to them pillows but they are perfect for a future “headboard” project, so I grabbed 4. I may only need three for the project, so I might end up with a new pillow for the futon as well. I also picked up an ergonomic pillow for….$10 I think. Shaped for side and back sleepers. Foam, but not memory foam, so although it is better than the pillow I was using before it’s not fabulous. Cheap though. And lastly I bought a red Octopus! I figure it will be useful for hanging socks and such to dry when we don’t have enough quarters for the dryer. At $4.99 an adorable red octopus is worth it in my book! They had Red, navy blue and white, if you are interested.
Back to the reason for the Ikea visit. I measured correctly and the “recycling bins” fit perfectly in their new home. Much better solution than a laundry bag. The new bins fit a decent amount too! I think four- five bath towels and a few hand towels were shoved in the towel bin and it still closed nicely. I think I may need to add a few air holes in the back of the towel bin (on the bottom) as plastic traps moister and smells. Didn’t think of that when I bought them but it should be an easy fix.
The top bin now houses donate-ables and anything that needs to be returned to another. I LOVE new storage solutions! The only downfall is that the top on the bin sags a little in the middle with the items I put on top of it. If anyone can think of a way to reinforce the top that would be lovely! I might end up making a table to go over the bins eventually, but for now it’s all Dasiys and fluffy kitty butts!
Have you found any fun storage solutions recently? Maybe taken picture of your cat strutting their stuff for the camera?