It’s that time of year again, folks – the festive season. I can’t even believe that December is in our sights, let alone Christmas. For most expats living in the UAE, this is ‘visitor season’ and most of us are preparing our homes for the annual onslaught of house guests. With perfect weather and a city that continues amaze the world, who can blame family and friends for wanting to get a piece of the action.
My smalls have been counting the sleeps till their ‘Ouma’ (my mom) arrives this weekend. I on the other hand am feeling slightly panicked about the fact that the guest room over here in the new House of Hawkes HQ is in fact a dumping ground. Since we arrived it has served as ‘file 13’ of sorts. You know that special place for the too-difficult-to-deal-with stuff. The I’ll-sort-it-out-later stuff which is now an imposing pile of objects awaiting their fate. It’s the sort of chaos that unsettles me to the core, and explains why the door to that room has been firmly shut for weeks. It’s time for me to face the music.
Enter my old friend, IKEA and the wonders of their storage and organisation section. My mission: to create a space for guests to unpack and feel at home. Our guest room has a small built-in wardrobe, but since that is currently being used to store a bunch things I’ll probably never need again, but feel the need to keep, I needed a wardrobe that didn’t look like another typical wardrobe in the room. I’ve been on the lookout for something a little different, and I found the lovely ELVARLI system and a neat selection of accessories to accompany it.
Take a look at how much storage space this baby offers.
I love the versatility of this open storage unit. It offers plenty of space for clothing and shoes and has gorgeous bamboo shelf surfaces to decorate and accessorise. Here’s a look at the storage and organisation accessories I used to maximise packing space…
So, are you ready for your guests?