Pre-Traumatic IKEA Syndrome

Do you dread trips to IKEA - driving to the suburbs, bumping into people in the store aisles, circling the levels for hours unable to find the item you saw online? Since moving two weeks ago, we've been putting off the inevitable trip to IKEA, but this weekend we're planning to bite the bullet...

My husband can't take IKEA, and starts to get panicky after a half an hour. In turn, I get panicky that we'll have to leave before I get all the items on my list. It's not pretty, and our bad experiences have resulted in "Pre-Traumatic IKEA Syndrome," the feeling of nervousness that accompanies any pending IKEA trip.

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We love some things about IKEA, but we don't love the experience of going to the store (although the Swedish meatballs are pretty good). I know...we could buy online or just shop somewhere else, but nothing beats the big haul from IKEA when you're stocking a new apartment. And, to be honest, there's something sort of satisfying about putting ourselves through it everything couple of years.

What about you - do you love or hate going to IKEA?

Photos: pdxsurreal and Sharky M.