Just about everybody has one of those “cube” organizers, whether it’s Ikea’s Kallax or one of the thinner knock-offs sold elsewhere.
We had a cheap six-cube unit* that floated around the house for years — closets, bedrooms, different closets — before winding up in our daughter’s room. Now it’s a six-unit Barbie office complex, complete with a dentist and a daycare centre.
Years ago my mom let me take her 16-cube light birch Kallax. It was my first Ikea piece and I was so proud of it.
We used it for corralling toys for a long time and only had a few fabric bins to slip inside the cubes. Mostly, the toys just sat in their own little cubbies. It was great.
Fast-forward to the past few months and my huge home office makeover. The Kallax was no longer working for toys and I commandeered it for fabric storage.
The trouble was that my fabric looked sloppy when it was folded and stacked in the cubes. Unless I was going to painstakingly iron each piece and wrap it around a piece of cardboard — which I would certainly never do — it was going to look terrible. Always.
Now I organize my cottons, my colour and everything else according to the type of fabric (upholstery, knit, fleece, etc.).