My mother got me $100 to Ikea for my birthday. This is at the same time the most amazing gift and very frustrating!

How on earth can I decide how to use such a sum at such a great place?

A few weeks ago I came across this Ikea hack that shows one how to make an awesomely upholstered bed frame from a really cheap basic one at Ikea.

There’s a lot more detail here. It looks totally doable to me, and looking through Ikea’s site, I could easily get all the materials I would need from their store with the gift card.

The problem though, comes in when I remember that I would probably want to upgrade to a queen instead of the full that I’m currently in if I were to invest money in a bed at this point, and that would cost a lot more than what I’ve got to work with.

Also, looking at the instructions again, that is not really a project that I can get into at this point in the semester. Definitely something to do after finals in the winter or sometime during the summer!

Since the bed doesn’t make much sense at the moment, I’ll move on to a different option!

My roommate and I have been looking for better storage options for our kitchen for a while. It’s a tiny space with no decent options for storage. I’ve had my dad build me a counter which helped quite a bit, and when I get him to add another shelf to it, it will be even better! Even so, the small amount of cabinet space that we have is not working for our pots and pans.

Enter the Grundtal shelf from Ikea!

This shelf will be able to hold our pots and pans on hooks, and the lids for them standing between the bars. I really hope that we can secure it to the wall well enough to hold what we need!

You know the crazy thing about this though? Everything that we need for this is going to cost less than $30!

I will still have so much more to spend! I think I might look at some things desk organization, as I will be spending a lot of time here this semester. I guess wish me luck that I don’t get too distracted by trying to figure this all out!

Or better yet, suggest things for me to spend the other $70 on!