I had to laugh the other day. I was working with a Client in her home; we were decluttering one of her children’s bedrooms prior to them moving house. As I came into the room with my ‘handbag’ she commented on how simple, yet effective it was. Now this wasn’t some classy leather number with a designer label. Oh no – it was my humble 40p ‘baby blue’ Ikea shoulder bag; perfect for transporting everything one could possibly need for a room decluttering session – rolls of bin bags and sacks, large Ikea bag, gloves, cloths, charity bags, notebook & pen, camera and a bottle of water.
The relative simplicity of packing my work bag for days like those is what I love. Having spent many hours travelling across the country with my leather Radley work bag, with all manner of paperwork contained therein, to now use a simple bag like this is a refreshing change! Obviously, when working with Clients on more business related aspects, I do ‘up the ante’ a little and revert to back to a more suitable handbag, but for the most part, it’s Ikea all the way!
Ikea introduced these smaller ‘baby blue’ reusable bags in order to cut out the single-use carrier bag from its stores altogether. And it seems to have been a hit! Not only are people using these and the larger bags for shopping at Ikea and other stores, but they are being used for many other things too
- to grow vegetables in
- to carry laundry
- for storing muddy boots during a car journey
- for packing clothes for travel – I use ours when we go camping!
- See some other suggested uses here.
I imagine if you’ve shopped in Ikea recently, you too will have a Brattby or a Frakta bag somewhere in your home!