School Storage Cart

I’m baaaaack! I have been working hard to figure out a good life/work/school/blog balance and I am getting there. I still haven’t had time to edit all of our wine country photos so that post is on the back burner for now.

Instead, I am so excited to tell you that I figured out a storage solution for all of my (many) school supplies. I had no idea that I was going to be receiving so many supplies as a part of my program. Since I didn’t want to be taking trips out to the garage for all of my everyday stuff, I needed to figure out a way/place to keep the supplies in the apartment. Easier said than done!

I pondered the predicament for a couple weeks, bummed that the only option seemed to be cramming another bookshelf into the apartment (and trust me- there is no convenient place for another one!). I was (trying) to catch up on reading blogs on Friday when I came across Cathy’s post at Adore Your Place that featured Ikea’s Raskog Kitchen Cart. I have been in love with this adorable turquoise cart since the day they came out with it but never had a need for it. But once I saw the cart, I knew it was the perfect solution for my storage problem. I decided to move the empty guitar case next to the fridge to the garage and place the cart ($49.99) in it’s place. Not only is it small and tucked away, but it is portable and I can roll it out if I am working on a project!

Before:Kitchen Progress 1

Now: (yay!)

SchoolCart2 SchoolCart1

As you recall, storage for my school stuff was one of my apartment resolutions for the new year! We can scratch one off the list!

1. KITCHEN LOVE – Since we didn’t quite get to this in 2012, I would love to get our kitchen project underway early this year!

 

2. ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE! – We need to do this every year! We got a bunch of Christmas gifts (books, DVDs, etc.) and have no where to put them so we need to do some spring cleaning to make room.

 

3. STORAGE SOLUTIONS – Now that Walker and I have lived together for over a year, we have slowly filled up all of our current storage. Aside from putting everything in the garage, we need to come up with some new ways to add storage (especially for books, DVDs, CDs, and school supplies!).

 

4. NEW COFFEE TABLE AND RUG – Our current coffee table is hanging on by a thread! We absolutely need to save up and replace it. We would also love to get a new, upgraded rug for underneath… class up our living room a little! :)

 

5. SCHOOL WORKSPACE – I love our writing desks but I am going to be doing a lot of drafting and projects that take up much more space/storage for school. We need to figure out a way to make a little more space for doing schoolwork, which is going to be really tough!

As for the extra books, DVDs, and CDs, we decided that we will have to weed out some of the old stuff and put it into the garage to make room for the new stuff. We simply don’t have enough room for everything. However, the garage is just out back so none of our stuff will be too far away! I am just happy that I figured out an easy, cute (and portable) way to store my school supplies close by. :)

 



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  1. Gabbi

    January 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Perfect solution! And I adore that cart! I have no need for it, but I want it!!! It’s my favorite color. I’ll have to come up with some purpose for it hehe.

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    • Erika

      January 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Haha thanks Gabbi! I was totally in the same boat but I FINALLY found a perfect use for it! ;)

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  2. Ashley

    January 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I’m in love with that cart, too! It’s lovely and looks like it holds tons of stuff.

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    • Erika

      January 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Ashley! Yeah, it is surprisingly roomy for being a fairly small cart! :)

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  3. Cindy P

    January 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    What a great little cart and storage solution! I love the turquoise color! Way to go Erika!

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    • Erika

      January 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Cindy! The color is my favorite part, too! ;)

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  4. Courtney

    January 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Love it! I have been obsessing over that little cart lately as well!!

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    • Erika

      January 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Courtney! I know… it’s hard not to. ;)

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  5. Cathy from Adore Your Place

    January 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    It looks adorable in your kitchen! Love the paint deck in there LOL. Thanks for including us in your post, adore your blog :)

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    • Erika

      January 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Cathy! I love that little paint deck! ;)

      Thanks for the inspiration! I love your blog as well! Perhaps we could collaborate on something? Let me know if you are interested!

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  6. Melanie

    January 23, 2013 at 6:36 am

    That cart is freaking cute!

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    • Erika

      January 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Haha thanks Melanie! It is adorable… I keep rolling it around the kitchen for fun just so I can look at it haha ;)

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  7. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    January 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I loveeee that cart (and the color you got it in)! Also – I can’t believe how many supplies you got for school!

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    • Erika

      January 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Thanks so much Kristen! It was the color that sold me on it!

      I know- I got a million supplies. The ones in the cart are probably only half of them. I had to put some of the big/infrequently-used stuff in the garage! At least I know why the tuition is so expensive… ;)

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  8. Ash @ HumberHomeProject

    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I am OBSESSED with that cart, too. OMG. I’ve been wanting it for my sewing room, even thought I don’t NEED it. haha.
    It sounds like a perfect solution for you though – easy to tuck out of sight, but still pretty to look at :)

    I won’t even allow myself to go into Ikea since discovering the cart, because I know I won’t be able to leave without it! haha

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    • Erika

      January 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Haha I hear you! That has been me for so long. I would go to Ikea but only straight to the thing I came for because if I wandered around, I would have ended up with this cart and a few other things in my hands!

      I think the cart would be PERFECT for your sewing room so you should let yourself indulge when you have some extra play money! ;)

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  9. Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    January 24, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I LOVE the cart, Erika! It is so cute — I may have to run over to Ikea to pick one up for myself. It’s amazing the school supplies that I got for starting my program too, and right now they are pretty much piled on the floor at my desk area, lol. Thanks so much for the idea!

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    • Erika

      January 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Maria! You should get one! They hold a ton if you can organize your stuff into containers & organizers within the cart. Before I got it, my school supplies were taking up an entire corner in our living room so I feel your pain! ;)

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  10. Vicki

    January 24, 2013 at 6:30 am

    That cart is so cute! LOVE that you’re already crossing things off your list and we haven’t even finished January yet!

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    • Erika

      January 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Thanks Vicki! I know… I am proud of myself! Although I can’t take too much credit because the only reason I got this item scratched off the list so early is because the clutter of the school supplies was driving me (and probably Walker) absolutely crazy! ;)

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  11. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    January 24, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Oooohhhh, I like the blue! And really like the “life is good” on the wall. :)

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    • Erika

      January 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Amy! The color of the cart is my favorite! :)

      We put “Life is Good” on the wall about a year ago. It was one of those phrases that kept popping up when we were first dating (and still does) so it holds a special place in our hearts!

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  12. Jeanette @ This Dusty House

    January 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    It’s cute! And adds a delightful pop of colour to the corner.

    I also love that GINORMOUS bouquet you have on your kitchen table!

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    • Erika

      January 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Jeanette! The color is my favorite part of the cart! :)

      And yes, the huge bouquet of flowers was a birthday gift from my better half. He’s so sweet! :)

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