Thursday, March 17, 2011

Food for the Furballs

Over the weekend, I traveled to Atlanta to spend some much needed time with some of my best girl friends.  Saturday was my birthday, so it worked out to be a really great weekend with some of the most amazing women in my life (really, I couldn't have asked for better friends). We all have very busy lives and I am so thankful to be able to have spent a few days with them.

On Saturday, we stopped by IKEA, because, for my birthday, I wanted to do nothing else but spend time with friends, and pick up some much needed things for the house from my favorite Swedish discount store (my sweet friends happy obliged).  Oh IKEA how I love thee.

At the top of my list were these recycling bins.  However, I had different plans for them than using them to store our used paper and plastic. 

See, we have this issue with Harley and Baxter's food.  This is how we have it (or really don't have it stored in our laundry room). 

Please excuse the tornado that went through our laundry and utility room, it's awfully messy and on the list of things to be organized. Anyways, Harley's dog food conveniently comes in a re-sealable bag, however, Baxter's doesn't, so we have it in an old sheetrock bucket.  

Clearly, this isn't working for us.  The bucket lid gets stuck all the time and they are both in the way of our deep freezer that we access daily.  

So, with the addition of two bins from IKEA, the dog and cat food now live tucked away next to our washer and dryer. Please note the half white and half beige trim. I will finish painting one day.    

It's the perfect solution to our storage issue.

The lids flip up allowing for the perfect amount of space to scoop out food for each furball.

More importantly, an entire bag of food fits in the bins perfectly.  

Slowly but surely things will get organized and into place around here. Usually that process is aided by a trip to IKEA.  If only it weren't 3 1/2 hours away.

Thank you for helping us get organized IKEA.  


  1. The next time you venture to IKEA (because I am quite sure you will go 5 times before I ever do), please pick one of these up for me! I saw them on a friends blog a year or so ago (or something very similar), and I've been looking around here ever since for something like that. I think it is the perfect size for Emma Grace to get into....I would love to make this her daily chore, but as of right now, she could very well fall into our huge bag of dog food if she tried to get any out!

  2. I need something like that, also! You are so creative!

  3. LOVE IT!! Soooo glad the bins fit a whole bag of food! And even more glad that I got to spend your birthday with you!! I love you soooo very much and am always amazed at the beautiful woman you are and at how lucky I am to call you my dear friend! :) Can't wait for our next visit!