It’s student season at the moment, and young people up and down the country are preparing to move to various campuses across the land to settle into their new lives at university. For new first-years, the end of August is shopping time, and judging by the number of mother-daughter/son couples in IKEA today, everyone’s having a bit of a last minute panic (well, the mothers were)!
I was in IKEA this morning. Believe it or not it was a very entertaining and educational trip, so I’d like to share it with you here. If there are any soon-to-be-halls-residents out there who are still a bit confused about what they really need to take with them, here is a comprehensive ‘Top 5’ list of essential purchases – as overheard by me, from the mums shopping in Ikea:
1. Incredibly-impractically-small cushions in a variety of horrific patterns and colours
The smaller the better. And also the brighter the better. A mum shopping with her son particular liked this orange example that is described as “highly lustrous” on the Ikea website. Into her trolley it went, alongside this almost-matching-but-not-quite striped cushion.
I can imagine seeing this mum have a panic attack at the sight of every student in her daughter’s halls of residence having different tableware. For her, everything has to match. The plates, the bowls, the mugs, the cutlery... and it all HAS to have that wonderful green and pink pattern!
A “homely” and “relaxing” touch recommended by mum number 3. But make sure to buy the ‘Jubel’ self watering plant pot with it! Otherwise, I’m not sure it would survive very long...
Of course, now that you’re doing your own cooking every day, you’ll need your own kitchen tool kit. How about this one? It’s got a long triangular spatula thing and a really useful twirly-whirly round thing!
Yes, really! One mum in the textiles department spent a whole 3 minutes (I couldn’t help but stare on in amazement) trying to convince her son that he needed these. Yes, the “pretty pattern is really lovely”, but the boys expression said it all – kind of like the face someone pulls after a mouthful of vinegar, plus a slap in the face.
I hope you enjoyed this guest blog post. I’ll be back tomorrow for my last post for Not All About Boys – if you want to read more of my writing, head on over to my art/design blog, Showtime Stitches.