5 (Non-Furniture) Must-Haves the Next Time You Go to IKEA

Going to IKEA is a rare treat and when we do, we're usually there with a specific piece of furniture in mind. That leaves us with little time to shop all of the accessories and goodies in the Marketplace and throughout the store. But we've done your homework for you and compiled a short list of 5 must-have, inexpensive items that you should pick up the next time you are at IKEA.Patrull Bathtub Mat. We love the PATRULL alligator bathmat. The fun design looks great and it's made of natural rubber. Grab one for $5.99 and avoid any slipping in the tub.

Spritta Apple Slicer. I own the previous version (the red one) and love it. The new green Spritta looks sturdier than its predecessor. Even though it's one of those single-use items, I use it so much and it saves me so much time, and at $3.99 it justifies it's existence. It's great for play date snack time, party prep and apple pie baking!

Patrull Corner Bumpers. I have these (in white) and stick them on every protruding corner in the house. They're so easy to use and, so far, don't seem to damage furniture when removing. Get them in an 8-pack for $6.99.

Frakta Bag. This should be a staple in any home with kids. At $0.59 you just can't say no. Not only can you use it to haul home your IKEA finds and skip the bag fee, the Frakta is perfect for the beach. We've been using one to haul all of our sand toys to the beach every summer. Just hose it down when it gets sandy and let it air dry. The size is perfect, even for big shovels.

Patrull First-Aid Kit. I put a large family first aid kit together, but realized that with a multi-level house, having one on every floor makes sense. It's also a good idea to keep one in the car. I love the bright chartreuse color of this IKEA kit and keep one in the car just in case. $11.99.

On a personal note, I own all of these items and consider these staples around the house. They also make a great list for things to keep at Grandma's house. Another great idea would be to gather all of these items and present them as a practical gift for a friend or neighbor with kids.

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