Stacey Solomon inspired my £15 IKEA buy and I should have done it years ago

Stacey, pictured with husband Joe Swash and son Rex, has made them for all her children
-Credit: (Image: Stacey Solomon Instagram)


Where my kids are concerned I like to keep things. Paintings they did at nursery, first locks of hair, baby teeth, you name it and I'll have it somewhere.

But that's the problem, 'somewhere' - I'd put things in all sorts of places over the years that I struggle to find anything.

Not that I get a regular urge to go and look at my not so little ones' peggies, but I was sick of having things tucked away with no real organisation.

That's why I decided to copy one of BBC Sort Your Life Out host Stacey Solomon's ideas and put together a memory box.

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Stacey shared a post about her own memory boxes
Stacey shared a post about her own memory boxes -Credit:Stacey Solomon/Instagram

It's something she's done for all her children, just to keep things in like those baby scans and first tiny baby grows.

I found the perfect item at IKEA that not only looks stylish, but is the perfect size.

Obviously you can pick up any old box for free, or spend a few quid on a flimsy cube, but for something like this, you need it to stand the test of time and if it's something's staying above your wardrobe for years, then you want it to look nice too.

The KVARNVIK storage box with lid not only looks stylish, with its woven design, but is a really sturdy option - and it comes with a handy little space on the front to put the child's name too.

Available in both beige and grey, they come in three different sizes, but I went for the biggest square-shaped one, at £15, to make sure I'd have enough space for the things I've saved over the years and will no doubt be adding to.

The KVARNVIK storage boxes on display in IKEA
The KVARNVIK storage boxes on display in IKEA -Credit:Manchester Family / MEN

I've done my son's box already, which had me fishing out some teeth from my jewellery box to store them safely away with other precious items like his hospital ID band, school photos, cards and letters to Santa. I'm going to do a separate one for my daughter too.

I don't think either of them will appreciate it when they're older, especially the teeth, but these are for me to treasure - with the certificates and 'I love you mummy' notes that get fluttered about like confetti when they're little and mean so much more now they're teenagers and mostly refer to me as 'bru' or 'blud'.

It's made me feel so much better knowing that all these bits and bobs are in one place and if ever I need to pull out a baby photo to embarrass them, I know exactly where to look.

I used one of the boxes to make a memory box
I used one of the boxes to make a memory box -Credit:Manchester Family / MEN

The memory box isn't the only thing I've copied from cleaning queen Stacey to help organise my home.

Earlier this year I shared the joys of adding a lazy Susan to your kitchen after I bought a £7 one, also from IKEA's Variera range. And this £3 B&M buy helped sort out my spice cupboard.

Last month I shared how I'm managing to keep my oven spotless thanks to a £1.99 product from Home Bargains and last week I was checking out Asda's At Home With Stacey Solomon range, a collection inspired by her idyllic country home, Pickle Cottage.