The Great Bin Hunt

Our bathroom was designed by a man. I know this because there is a glass sink/counter that is impossible to keep clean, and open storage areas that showcase all of your clutter.

Who would see this and go "Yes, that's the design for me!"?

Who would see this and go “Yes, that’s the design for me!”?

As some of you may know, I’ve been looking to reduce this mess-tastic scenario by purchasing lidded, opaque storage bins. If you know that, then you also know that I’ve been looking for over a month with absolutely no luck.

Places that disappointed: Target, Pier 1, Michaels, World Market “Cost Plus”, Bed Bath & Beyond, our local Goodwill, and many online shops (Amazon, The Container Store, and more).

Then I discovered there’s an IKEA in Burbank. I forced Darin to take me there post-haste. Naturally, he was thrilled.

I didn't want to go alone because I knew I'd never get out with money left to my name.

I didn’t want to go alone because I knew I’d never get out with money left to my name.

After finding our way through the labyrinth to the area where you can actually purchase things instead of gazing at the showrooms with reckless wallet-abandon, we finally found the holy bin grail.

IKEA BLADIS, our hero!

How sexy is that bin!? It’s black, and even has a handle to pull out of the storage area. We bought two, along with some other things because you obviously don’t just go to IKEA and leave with the bins you needed.

Here we are in triumph.

Here we are in triumph.

And here's Darin at Hooter's, because I let him choose dinner after dragging him through IKEA.

And here’s Darin at Hooter’s, because I let him choose dinner after dragging him through IKEA.

I got the bins home and am happy to report that they have acclimated well to their non-Swedish surroundings. They fit in the spaces well and look like they’re the right color. I’m so pleased to come to the end of this bins saga.

Damn, those are some sweet bins you might say.

Damn, those are some sweet bins you might say.

This is how I found the bathroom when I went to take photos.

This is how I found the bathroom when I went to take photos.

Also, while out hunting for bins I was able to score these adorable little succulents at Michaels for the equally non-functional, clutter-baring shelving above the sink. (They’re artificial, because there’s no natural light in the bathroom at all.)

They were like $8 or so, and they make me happy.

They were like $8 or so, and they make me happy.

Here's Konan checking them out like the sassy cat she is.

Here’s Konan checking them out like the sassy cat she is. She’ll probably try to eat them later.

Cats - they're so vain, you can't take a single home photo without them.

Cats – they’re so vain, you can’t take a single home photo without them.

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