Organizing My Ikea Cart

March 24, 2014

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it.

Do you know how many paint brushes I have gone through the past couple of weeks? Eighteen. Yes eighteen! So off we went to the Dollar Tree; believe it or not they have very good paint brushes for, a dollar. It’s cheaper to just use a new one as apposed to washing it out, not that I am a proponent of being wasteful or anything. I did of course have to check the beauty aisle for makeup finds, cause baby I wear Nars and I wear Dollar Tree makeup. I did find these masks:

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I’ve never done a face mask so what the heck, I got all three varieties, flavors, scents I mean whatever you call them. They’re made in Korea and they do make some pretty good beauty products. We shall see how the masks play out!

You’ve seen these carts and you’ve probably seen them a lot; it’s not just because they’re cute, they’re actually quite nice…in fact my little guy thinks it makes a great breakfast in bed cart, he cooked me a hot dog and rolled in for me for breakfast. The hot dog for breakfast is quite unconventional, but heart melting. So back to the cart. When I saw it on Ikea’s site I knew it was the perfect thing for a little corner next to the back door to hold things we need to have right there. I got that cart almost a year ago and it has been disheveled and disastrous all that time. You can only look at partially chewed up dog toys for so long before you HAVE to do something about it.

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it

I had a plan, a GORGEOUS plan! There were these lovely floral bins at Target and they were on clearance. I ran across the the bins 2 weeks ago and I wanted them so desperately, but I didn’t have a need for them so I didn’t buy them; I’m trying to be good see? When I sat down and figured out what needed to be done with the cart those bins were perfect and would fit just right! So after our visit to the Dollar Tree I happily trotted to the clearance aisle at Target. You wouldn’t believe my shock and horror when I saw they had sold out…actually I almost cried a little. Melodramatic much? Time to regroup.

I selected these clip handled Sterilite boxes, they’re clear and I really didn’t want to see what was inside. I went over to the scrapbook section to pick out some pretty paper, nada. They’re redoing that section therefore they had nothing I wanted. I was scrambling, it was the 11th hour and it was time to go home. Wrapping paper!!! They had this adorable metallic silver and grey polka dotted gift wrap to line the sides of the boxes.

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it

I cut out strips that I measured against the side of the containers and with double sided tape I adhered them to the inside. Now hold up Nelly! The paper is not going to last forever, I know, but as long as I am very careful and HOPEFULLY encourage my darling little lummox to be careful when getting the pupper a toy I foresee getting at least a year out of the paper. Ok maybe that’s pushing it.

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it

Everything got organized and labeled and some items were removed permanently. The open box got a covering with washi tape in the event that I want to change it, it’ll be super simple and easy. The containers I wound up buying were a much better fit and in all honesty the floral probably would have been too much for the space, though I am still pining over them. Organizing my Ikea cart,  was fun and simple and now I don’t have to look at a pile of messy junk.

How to organize a turquoise Ikea Roskag cart so you can find what you have stashed in it

And now my dears I am off to make my lightbox…there are changes coming to my Etsy store!!!

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  • Reply Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods March 24, 2014 at 6:50 am

    You are cracking me up with your three “flavors” of face masks! We need an update on those and how you are making your light box!

    Cute cart!

    • Reply Heather March 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Haha! :D Oh definitely! Thank you Ashley!

  • Reply Cristina@Remodelando la Casa March 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

    That’s a really cute cart! I would love to have something like this for my paint products too, with the wheels is perfect to bring it all around the house ;)

    • Reply Heather March 25, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you Cristina! I love using it for my small paints! For sure!

  • Reply Dona March 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Love that cart! Did you paint it that color? It’s yummy! Love the wrapping paper idea, too! But I totally identify with going back and finding what you want gone. I spotted a metal wreath of butterflies for the yard at a store here. Decided I couldn’t afford it right then. And besides, they had several. Went back 2 weeks later…gone, ALL gone. Daughter and I took a little vacation a month or so later and stopped at EVERY store (it was Bealls) to see if they had one. Nada. Decided if I really, really want something, from now on, BUY it! But we do manage to live without, don’t we? Dona

    • Reply Heather March 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Oh Dona I do that too, if I really want it I just get it and if I change my mind later I return it. I hate kicking myself later! LOL We finally got Bealls in the form of “Burkes” I thought that was so funny as it is very clearly Bealls. Hehe We try to live without! :D Nope, Ikea sells the carts in the turquoise (my fave), black and a white one. Thank you!

  • Reply Jess March 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This is a fantastic idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Reply Vicki March 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I keep looking at those Ikea carts and wondering what I could do with one. Thanks for the cute storage ideas and inspiration/justification!

    • Reply Heather March 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      If you can find something to do with it, it is so nice and I have been very happy with it. Thank you Vicki!

  • Reply Marti March 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    OMG I love that cart !!! I desperately need one for all of my paints and brushes. I’ve never tried anything cosmetic related from the dollar store but I guess I never thought about taking a peek to see what they have. And I’m like you I wear high-end make-up thrown together with $2.00 drug store stuff. lol
    Okay so your little boy sounds so sweet how cute is that? Breakfast in bed for Mom. (hotdog) how precious.

    • Reply Heather March 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      It’s so perfect for paints and brushes! I am always amazed (well for the most part) at the quality of the cheapy makeup. Hehe, sometimes I wonder where he gets the niceties from…I don’t think I’m that nice. LOL

  • Reply Carrie Groneman March 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Heather sure wish you would come help me organize! You have so many terrific things to share, it helps us all. THANKS! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • Reply Heather March 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you Carrie! :D

  • Reply Carmody March 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I have cart envy

  • Reply Jennifer March 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I LOVE the cart. I saw it at IKEA Saturday but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. So cute!

    • Reply Heather March 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      The cart is alluring! Thank you Jennifer!

  • Reply Krystal March 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I am super jealous! I struggle with organization. Visiting from Hump Day Happenings Link Party. Pinned :)

    • Reply Heather March 25, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Krystal!

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast March 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Shopping at Ikea is one of my guilty pleasures! Thanks for sharing this with Hump Day Happenings. So glad you joined us this week and I hope you will be back next week!

    • Reply Heather March 25, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      OMG seriously…I don’t have one here but they ship and that may be a bad thing as I have ordered too much! LOL Thank you for hosting! I will def be there!

  • Reply Emily March 26, 2014 at 8:04 am

    so cute!! I love those carts… have almost bought one many times :o) Thanks for stopping by Nap-Time Creations

    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 2:58 am

      Ikea and their amazing creations are almost too much to bear! Hehe Thanks Emily!

  • Reply Emily March 26, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I just bought the same cart at IKEA! I’m going to use it in my dining room since it’s our main table and there is always stuff that gets piled up but half of it needs to be there!

    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 2:59 am

      Oh that’s a great idea! I want to see it when you get it all filled up! Thanks Emily!

  • Reply Meghan March 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Every time I see this cart I cannot believe why I haven’t been to IKEA yet and gotten one. I love your ideas.

    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 2:55 am

      Oh I know, isn’t it awesome!? Thank you Meghan!

  • Reply Megan Walker March 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I totally empathize with trying to “be good” and not buy an item you want. Then, when your resolve has sufficiently lessened enough to go buy it, the item isn’t there!!! It’s one of the most-heinous first-world problems.

    I love your inexpensive ways to jazz up those awful plastic bins. Who cares if the adorable wrapping paper liner doesn’t last? You have a whole roll. I am trying to find different uses for washi tape, so I love the idea of using it to pretty up a bin.

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 2:54 am

      I know poor us and our shopping problems! LOL Oh I know they aren’t the loveliest things! Too true! Thank you Megan

  • Reply Erika Buckley March 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I was planning on picking up one of these carts from Ikea this weekend to use next to the changing table in the nursery i’m putting together. I loved how you lined the clear boxes with cute wrapping paper – easy & smart!

    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Oh this would be so perfect for that! You should do a post on yours! Thanks Erika!

  • Reply Katherines Corner March 27, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Sweet! giggle, I have this cart already circled in my Ikea catalog. love the color.Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      It’s hard to resist Ikea’s lineup! Thank you Katie!

  • Reply Joey March 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I love all of the organizational stuff at Ikea. I have this thought that if only I had those shelves and bins and stuff, then I would stay organized. Of course, I’ve never yet tested this theory!

    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Oh I know! I adore bins and boxes! Thanks Joey!

  • Reply Nancherrow March 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Those carts are just perfect for organizing those smaller bits and pieces. Well done with yours! hanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Reply Heather March 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you Alison! Thank you for hosting!

  • Reply Kelly March 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I really want that cart for in my craft room. Never mind that I have a ton of storage in there already ;) I just want the cart!

    • Reply Heather March 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Haha I am the same way!!! :D Thanks Kelly!

  • Reply Joy @ Yesterfood March 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Loooove Ikea, and love what you did with the cart! The wrapping paper was a stroke of brilliance. You can change it out whenever you want a different look! Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! :)

    • Reply Heather March 31, 2014 at 5:16 am

      Me too! :D Thank you Joy!

  • Reply Ginnie March 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I love these little carts. We were at IKEA a few weeks ago, and I was coveting one:)

    • Reply Heather March 31, 2014 at 5:13 am

      They are sooo hard to resist!

  • Reply Laurel (@abubblylife) April 1, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I scored the cart at IKEA’s as is section for $10 two weeks ago!! I still have no idea what I will use it for, but I HAD to pick it up!

    • Reply Heather April 1, 2014 at 1:33 am

      NO WAY! That is a steal! Awesome score my dear!!! I would love to hear what you decide to do with it!

  • Reply Gaby {} April 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I’ve got exactly the same trolley but I’m planning to use it for our baby girl nursery. Taking lots of ideas from your post! :)

    • Reply Heather April 15, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Oooh that would have been such a nice thing to have when my boy was a baby! That is an awesome idea! Thank you Gaby!

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