Wednesday 19 January 2011

IKEA and the ex-boyfriend

I went to IKEA today. What a mistake! In fact, while driving home, I decided that IKEA is a lot like an ex-boyfriend. Confused? Let me explain...

The first time you go to IKEA you're head over heels. There's so much to choose from, all so inexpensive. It's mesmerising. That's it! You're going to shop at IKEA forever, there's nothing better out there. You can't believe how lucky you are to have found it. Sure it's a little annoying and there's no-one to help you. Sure it's a little difficult to find what you're after, but you'll work through it. Nothing's perfect, after all.

Then you go home. Not only do you have to do all the work putting it and keeping it together, there is very little in the way of instructions. Once together you realise it's not quite once you wanted and is also a little wobbly (from having to put it together yourself). Shortly after it begins to fall apart. You curse IKEA and vow never to go there again.

Time passes and you think 'Hmmm maybe it's not that bad'. After all everyone else seems to rave about it. Maybe you didn't put enough effort it, maybe if you try a little bit harder this time it will all work out better. 

So, you go back. At first you're mesmerised again. Look at it all, it's wonderful! Then suddenly you feel trapped and all the things you hate about IKEA come rushing back to you. Putting in all the hard work, having to do everything yourself, the cheap shoddy product you get for all your effort. Being treated badly or like you're invisible. Often you simply feel like they're speaking a totally different language.

Tears, frustration, anger. Worst of all you can't work out how to get out of this damn place!

So, this time, this time I swear I will never go back to IKEA again. I've managed to put that old relationship in the past and replace it with a much, much better one, now to find a replacement for my retail relationship...


  1. FABULOUS POST - loved it can so relate xo

  2. Ahahahaha, YES! Ikea is like that isn't it.

    I only have a few things from Ikea, and touch wood, no problems yet.

    I don't understand why SO many people go there to EAT!? I mean, I've seen the spag+meatball dish that everyone raves about?? And it looks gross.... Hmmmm

  3. I don't get to Ikea too much so the thrill hasn't worn off yet ... Give it time though ;)

  4. love it!!!! and I just said to ma this morning...'hey, Ive got to go out to ikea at some point soon. wanna go??' xx

  5. Ha!! Too funny yet so true!

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  6. I keep going back, but really, with so few in each country, it's like a long distance relationship you keep coming back to!! Love Posie

  7. Yes Yes. I had a boyfriend like that one. They do come in varieties

  8. A friend of mine reports that she gets 'shopping paralysis' in IKEA. She goes there, armed with a list and leaves 2 hrs later exhausted and frustrated with another 100 pack of tealight candles and a set of coloured plastic cups.

  9. This is so clever! Couldn't agree more about IKEA, I've only been there once and it was a highly stressful experience.

  10. Just popped over from BabyMac, and just laughed when I read this post. Ingenious. Creative. Fantastic. And I haven't even been to Ikea for ages. Much like my last boyfriend, I suspect. xx


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