It's that time of year.
We've been waiting for it all year.
We've been looking forward to it with the giddy anticipation of kids on Christmas morning.
No; it's Ikea catalogue season!
I don't know if it's because we've never been in a position to buy everything we want for the house - we were always either too poor or there were too many other more important demands on our wallets: new homes or new babies, new flooring or a new deck, car repairs, an electrical emergency, sports fees, family vacations - or if it's some sort of throwback to childhood Sears Christmas "Wish Book" fantasizing, or if it's just because it's the best actual printed paper-and-ink catalogue with actual pages to actually flip through, but I've never gotten over the excitement of the annual arrival of the Ikea catalogue in my mailbox.
I looooove the Ikea catalogue.
I love flipping through the glossy pages of room ideas and folding over those ones that appeal to me for one reason or another - a pretty armchair, a comfy-looking couch, creative furniture placement or a clever storage solution.
I love poring over the product pages looking for this or that perfect little treasure or genius space-saving idea.
I love making my wish list for the next twelve months - my "if there's a little bit extra I'd love..." list.
And the best thing about fantasizing about Ikea furnishings (aside from the fact that they're almost all designed for small space living - an important consideration for a family of five living in a tiny townhome) is that they are actually affordable. An Ikea wish list doesn't have to be fantasy - it can actually be reality.