Do you speak Swedish? Are you good at pictionary? These two questions should be part of the quiz given at Ikea to anyone checking out with furniture in their cart. You remember my Ikea shopping trip, right? As I mentioned then, I bought a few things there that weren’t pictured.
The playroom is still in desperate need of organization help. One of the biggest issues we face is princess attire. Have a young daughter? You can relate! The princess dress-up stuff gets everywhere. In steps Stuva to try and help us with that problem.
I had seen the Stuva system in the store and thought it was a pretty good fit for the dress-up clothes. It would be low enough for the kids to easily reach but big enough to contain most of the stuff. Not being 100% sure how I wanted to configure all of the stuff, I picked up one of the taller bases and a clothing rail with plans to expand later.
After bringing it home, it sat there for a little while until I could get my confidence up to tackle the project. Disclaimer: I am not so great at reading picture directions and actually getting things together right the first time. I usually ask Mathlete to come and rescue me. This time, though, Mathlete wasn’t home…and wouldn’t be for 3 days!
Step 1 – Open package. Not much of a boost for my confidence because I couldn’t even complete step 1 without an
injury broken nail. I resorted to just ripping the cardboard.
Oh, I had help (of course)
Once we got the box open and the instructions out, I grabbed the tools I needed.
Next step: Read directions. Wait, there are no words in here…none.at.all! Oy vey.
Moving on. Looks like I am supposed to put in these very interesting screws.
Success! Oh, but I lost my helper to the shredding of the styrofoam sheets all over the floor. She was building a bridge.
Ok, with the screws all in, I gained a little confidence. Next up, putting the piece together.
Jackpot! Well, until I had to work with these guys
I managed to get all but one of the eight needed for the cabinet. Then, I was stuck. Out came the phone and over came my neighbor, Rockboy. He didn’t have much faith in my skills either because he brought a drill and other tools thinking he was going to assemble the whole thing. Note to self: be more descriptive when begging for help.
He made quick work of getting the final weird screw thing into the cabinet and we moved it into place.
Seeing it all put together in the space, we will add one or two of the drawers (and some doors once they are in stock again) at the bottom for shoes and jewelry. Now that I am all confident in my assembly skills, I think I’ll get another for the other side of the bookcase too and fill it with drawers.
Oh, and please note that this is definitely not even 1/2 of the dress-up stuff that goes in the cabinet. I kept it lean for the pictures.
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