All of us at The Organized Home have a knack for repurposing—we want to be eco-friendly, we tend to be budget-conscious, and we often find ourselves with an old storage solution that will perfectly fill a new storage need.
Case in point: An Ikea desktop storage cabinet called Fira that I’ve had for the better part of a decade. It was sold as part of the brand’s line of office supplies, and when I first bought it, it held pens and tape and stamps, and later became a storehouse for sewing notions (buttons, thimbles, and the like). When I moved into my San Francisco rental apartment some years ago, my kitchen lacked a good spot for spices, so my Fira found yet a new identity.
Though I’ll use my trusty Fira until it finally gives out on me, I actually prefer the newer Ikea model—the Moppe. The Fira had to be hammered together using tiny nails that bent easily—meaning that to this day, my Fira has a few wayward nail heads that can catch on each other when I open and close the drawers. The Moppe is glued together and comes fully assembled, so it doesn’t have this problem.
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