When In Doubt…IKEA
Ever start on a project and have it quickly get completely out of hand? Yep, that was my weekend! It all goes back to the first of the year when I found Tidying Up on Netflix. Tidying all of our clothes lifted my spirits so much I knew it was time to tackle my crochet space. It had become an unusable space…more like a yarn graveyard than the haven it once was. I couldn’t even sit in my chair because it was full of yarn and projects.
So after a long week of an opening shift at work, I got up
early before 9am and got to work. I was on a roll! Marie Kondo had given me the tools, my husband had made me coffee (my first cup EVER), and I was determined that my yarn area would be back to normal by the end of the day. I even took a break to clean the guinea pig cage! Little did I know what was coming. While cleaning out a cubby to rehome some yarn to a friend, I heard a pop and then the shelf started to collapse. I quickly grabbed it and tried to fix it, but only made matters worse. I called for my hubby to come help me…he’s the one that put these things together in the first place, so I was hoping he could fix it. There was no fixing it while it was in place. The most unfortunate part is that this broken cubby in question was the bottom right corner of the piece…you know, only slightly important for the stability of the entire unit. Upon realizing that we would have to take all of my yarn down to repair it, a decision was made to replace my beloved yarn wall with some Billy bookshelves from IKEA. Now I’m not opposed to modular storage, and it served me well for about a year. But it doesn’t move well. So every time I wanted to move things around (which let’s be honest is more frequent than my husband would like) it became just a little less steady.
Insert best husband award here. No, seriously. He loaded, unloaded, put together, moved, and mounted 3 bookshelves with a sore back. Not to mention my indecisiveness at IKEA requiring him to load 65+ pound boxes onto the cart and then put them back. Twice. And did it all without complaining. Back off ladies, he’s taken.
Once it was put together, it mostly went off without a hitch. I realized that I lost some depth going to the shelves, but came up with some creative and some temporary storage solutions. We played around with my desk and seating area and came up with a fantastic workspace. I seriously just want to sit and look at it all day.