Monday, January 9, 2012

Ikea Hacking...again.

The kids are back at school, the tree is put away, and things are pretty much back to normal. Which means I'll get some more time to blog, at least I hope. I have several posts in mind, some of which I've actually been planning on writing since summer, like my Ikea hack post, and also my recent trip to Mérida. And, I have yet to do my State of Fitness Class address for this year...it's been a doozy so far, so I have lot to say about that.  I've also been itching to start up my Friday Photo Fun series again, and I've been on the lookout for new objects that might work.

So, I've got lots of ideas, and I have to start somewhere, so I think I'll start off with one of my Ikea hacks, since that's as good a place as any.

Before I get to that, I just wanted to say thanks to Will Peach, for listing my blog in his recent Best of the Spanish Travel Blogs post.  I didn't actually know this was a travel blog, but hey, I do travel from time to time, and then I sometimes actually blog about it, so I guess that counts. Anyway, Will, thanks for the shout-out, and people, go check out Will's blog, My Spanish Adventure, because he's fuuny, and he gives some great advice on why living abroad isn't all it's cracked up to be, remembering to pack enough underwear, and why you should "quit your shitty job and move to Spain".

Now, if this blog is supposed to be a travel blog, I should be writing travel-related posts, but since I rarely do what I'm supposed to do, and I haven't traveled anywhere yet this year (unless you count last week's trip to the mall), I'm going to do an Ikea hack post. So, if you've come here looking for advice on a Bodrum adventure, or booking a cheap flight to Yemen, I'm afraid you're out of luck.

But I will give you advice on how to get your kids to share a desk, even if they get along about as well as cats and dogs usually do.











This isn't my first Ikea hack, but it is by far the simplest.  If you're interested in more Ikea hacks, you can check out how we turned some old shelves into a scaffold and also, our version of the Hol cat litter box.

And now for today's hack.  I call it the you-stay-on-your-side-and-I'll-stay-on-mine desk divider.  We started off with a Spontan magnet board, which looks a little like a sled, with a curvy part on the bottom for leaving pens in (even though you're absolutely not supposed to write directly on it under any circumstances).
And we also got some of these Spontan magnet cups, which have a magnet on the back.
Next, we put the board on its side and put four cups on each side, directly opposite each other:



And voìla, you have this very simple, but effective desk divider:


Okay, we haven't managed to solve the Middle East crisis, but we've come a long way towards peace at home.  Let me tell you, there is much less, "Mamá! She's looking at me!" and "Papá!  She's got her hand on my side of the desk and won't move it!" going on, and, hey, the curvy part even works great with the lamp.


Keeping their feet on their own sides is another matter, though, so we're seriously considering putting a divider under the table as well.  But at least we've got them studying at the same desk, which is a huge achievement.  What more could you ask from such a simple hack?

And that's all you'll be getting from me today, since I have to shake my hips on over to my Latin dance class now.  So, come back on Friday for the first Friday Photo Fun of the year, and see if you can guess what the mystery object is.  Remember, the winner gets their blog linked to my big shiny red button for the whole week.  Don't miss it!

13 comments:

  1. Hey Madre Teresa! Glad to see you full of plans. The kids´room is lovely and should avoid war! Looking forward to your writing. May it not rain on you ... much!

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  2. Very cool! I am not creative enough to think of things like that. Not that I need to divide a desk ... I'd be happy with just unburying it enough to actually use it.

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  3. Mo: Thanks! Crossing fingers for little rain. :)

    Bud: Necessity is the mother of invention...and in my case it was very necessary. Did you try putting a cat with a bushy tail on your desk and letting it knock stuff off? Then the floor would be messy, but the desk would be perfect. ;D

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  4. Oooh, that's a great idea! Love the lamp in the curve too - though I'm surprised they don't fight over who gets that bit!

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    1. Curiously enough, they don't. Go figure. :)

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  5. Ooh, now post about shaking your hips! I'm ready for more.

    I chuckled at the fact that, now that you've successfully blocked their vision and reach from each other, now they complain about their feet. I grew up with siblings just like this--actually, worse than this; it's amazing the things that are timeless.

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    1. Yeah, I remember doing that with my sister too. :)

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  6. that really is a simple and elegant solution...much like ikea things are to begin with. they ought to hire you to design!

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    1. Hmm, but then I might have to move to Sweden...and the weather's even worse than it is over here. Not too sure about that. ;)

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  7. Simple and effective. Well done!

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    1. Thanks1 I like your Blogger name. Are you Dutch? :)

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  8. I cannot wait to try this for my twin boys!

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    1. I hope it works for you, and that it helps keep the peace at your house too. :)

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