Little boxes on the wall

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For some time now, little boxes have been very popular to hang on walls to solve various storage needs.

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One of the bedside boxes. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I have had mine, in the bedroom, for a couple of years by now. My problem was that I couldn’t find a bedside table small enough to put there. Space is limited and bedside tables were usually too big. These two boxes are prefect for my needs.

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One of my bedside boxes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Thes two I bought from Ellos for a reasonable price some years ago. They are no longer sold, but you can find similar ones in several places. They can be hung either horizontally like here, or vertically if you prefer that.

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My bedside boxes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In addition to the little boxes Iv put a picture ledge, slightly longer than the width of the bed and the bedframe above. I use it for pictures and decorative items, but of course you can use it for storage too if you like.

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Little boxes from Svenssons i Lammhult . Image from their website, slightly cropped.

The above little boxes are from Svensson i Lammhult, and expensive. Attached to each other, or not. For more examples and prices visit their website. If you don’t want to pay ridiculously high prices, IKEA has alternatives as well, the VALJE series for instance. As do most furniture stores presently. With or without doors. With or without backsides towards the wall.

Does a simple little box have to be expensive? In my opinion no. As long as the finish is good I prefer a cheaper box from the more expensive ones. If the size is right.

Little boxes are a nice solution for many storage needs and very flexible.

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Little boxes. IKEA VALJE. Image from Ikea.

Magazine racks of various origins

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My inherited magazine rack. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This is my inherited magazine rack. It comes from my parents and I have seen it all my life. It is made from bamboo and still going strong. It will probably last longer than I myself live… I still think this is a beautiful magazine rack. Despite being used for decades it has no damages at all.

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My inherited magazine rack. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I usually do not keep magazines in it… They tend to curl up in there. Presently I keep the connection cords from the TV to my MacBook Pro in it.

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Magazine rack at Designtorget. Photo Designtorget from the internet.

The magazine rack above can be found at Designtorget. It costs SEK 395. They call it Tipack. Very simple. Right? Not sure I would like to pay SEK 395 for it though.

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Magazine rack from Designtorget. Photo from Designtorget on the internet.

Also the magazine rack above is from Designtorget. Also costs SEK 395 like the other one. It is called Journal. Very simple too. Compare these two to the one below.

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Magazine rack from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This one comes from Ikea. No, they do not sell it any more. I have had it for several years. It was meant to store magazines in until you carried them out to the recycling-container. The small hook at its back was meant for keeping a roll of cord for binding them into a bundle to carry them out. I think I paid something like SEK 39 or so for it. Very reasonable price…

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My magazine rack with magazines in it. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This is how this rack looks with magazines in it.

Any less decorative than the designer models above from Designtorget? Not in my eyes. They are all black. Lacquered metal. This one is normally used in my storage room and for its original usage: to keep old magazines and newspapers in until I cary them out to the recycling-container. But it could in my opinion serve as a magazine rack in a visible place any time.

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Magazine rack seen from above. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Broken glass

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Broken glass cover. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Yesterday it happened. The glass cover of my almost new glass jar from Ikea (limited edition) broke. I wondered already when I bought it how long it would take before the cover would brake.

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Glass jar. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I use the jar to store my coffee capsules. Not really necessary with a cover. Still, would be nice to have one…

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Glassjar with cover. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

What made it brake was that I missed the jar in height when putting the cover on and instead smashed the cover, full force inte the edge of the jar. Doing that has to do with how I see things. I often misjudge the distance between things. It is not the first time I smash something by pushing it into another thing full force, thinking that the edges are somewhere else.

Was barefoot at the time and said to myself, do not move until the shards are found… Found one.  Not the second one. The 2nd one I found inside the jar this morning. Might be able to glue the shards together. Meanwhile will use it without cover.

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Glassjar without cover. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

New shelves in the kitchen

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Small, new shelves in the kitchen. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

I’ve put up two small shelves in the kitchen. Bought them already before Xmas and have been planning to put them up ever since. Now they are up on the wall. I moved all my different kinds of tea (+ one decorative can with cacao) to the shelves which created better space in the Billy cupboard to the right.

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Enudden shelves from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The shelves are white lacquered steel and come from Ikea. They are called ENUDDEN and cost SEK39 a piece. Or USD 7.99. They can be put either as I did, with the sides pointing up, or the other way around with the sides pointing down. I’ve also seen examples when two combined are put with the top one with sides pointing down and the bottom one pointing up. They they can become a good little shelf for pocket books for instance.

Storage in the walk-in-closet

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This is my walk-in-closet. Or rather, it was supposed to be… I use it mainly for storage of another kind than clothes and such. To the left is a 80 cm wide BILLY bookcase. Plus extra shelves on top. Right ahead is a 60 cm BILLY bookcase. No, IKEA doesn’t sell that size any more. Which is a pity as it is a good size. On top of that are stored extra shelves both for BILLY and BESTÅ. In the middle is a huge roll of carpet… That is my second living room carpet which I got for free from a neighbor who was about to throw it out. Exactly the same size, quality and make (IKEA) as the one I am presently using which is blue. But this one was bought in the Netherlands.

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Above is how it looks to the right. Hangers for clothes. Three shelves. When I moved in it was just one shelf so I added two as the system for them allowed that. On the shelves are mainly pillow cases, curtains, and pillows for chairs. Under the clothes-rack, there is a largish chest which you cannot see in the picture. There I store pillows and out of season duvets for the bed.

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Under the bar with hangers just inside the door is my big document cabinet. Contains all important documents you can think of. I know. I have to do some cleaning out of papers one of these days. My toothbrush get charged in here. On top of the document cabinet is a pile of magazine holders that I kept after throwing out their content when I moved here, to reduce the number of old magazines and other paper-stuff. Don’t think I will ever have to buy new magazine-holders again. These will last for the rest of my life I think. To the left you can also spy some pillows not presently used.

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In the BILLY bookcase at the end of the walk-in-closet there are, except for the extra shelves for BILLY and BESTÅ bookcases and cupboards, various boxes with various stuff and some binders with papers about the flat. On the top are a number of camera stands that I’ve not used for years. And some small carpets I intend to make pillow cases from. Some of this stuff shouldn’t be in here… like the knitting and sewing stuff, the button collection that my mother started long ago, and similar things. Should be together with other sewing stuff. Which is in the bedroom. Except for various textiles which are in the main storage room… hmm.

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On the lefthand side at the end there is an IVAR shelf that on the top has all my old slides. I’ve scanned about one third of them and made digital, but the rest still remain… Need to do that before they become impossible to look at. That is the problem with slides. They deteriorate and get real bad with age. Under them are some boxes with paper-photos that are not in albums. And some boxes with old hand-written letters from various friends.

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In the BILLY shelf to the left I have more extra BESTÅ shelves at the top, then some binders with letters and writings, and then comes the IKEA plastic boxes that hold all kinds of stuff that has to do with electrics, tools, and other handiwork. The division of things that ought to be in the same place happened when I moved here and I still, after 4.5 years, haven’t got it quite right. The first step towards a more organized storage was getting all the transparent plastic boxes from Ikea and get all the tools and lamps and such into them.

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And more of the same.

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The bottom ones hold various lamps to change to when a lamp is finished. And the blue thing is my toolbox.

This space has good ventilation and a power outlet which I presently use to charge my toothbrush. The bathroom is just beside it so it is close by.

The walk-in-closet used for storage is actually quite organized. Need to mark the plastic boxes though so I can find things faster. They are transparent so you see what is inside them, but they still need to get marked.

I’d love to use this space as a walk-in-closet, as it is supposed to be… but I can forget about that unless I start to throw things out both here and in the storage room I wrote about earlier.

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