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The One Household Necessity Too Many Overlook. Are You At Risk?

Let’s face it, life’s unpredictable.  Sometimes we’re prepared for the curveballs, and sometimes we’re not. And while we try to do the best we can with what we have, having protection in place for times like this is not just a good idea, it’s the kind of backup plan families need to avoid a major setback.

So who’s with me on this one? Hands up who hates paying insurance?? NOTE: My hand is WAY UP in the air. I hate paying insurance.  It just seems like such a waste. All that money, disappearing into what seems like thin air. WHY? Why do I have pay home insurance?

Because that’s what grown-ups do. Because grown-ups know about sh*t. They know it happens, that it can hit the fan and they know that if you’re going to be up the proverbial creek, you’ll need a paddle.

Insurance IS the paddle.

“But I don’t NEED insurance! What would I need to insurance for?” I hear you say?

Well for a start – your home. Your beautiful home that you saved up for and scoured the weekend papers to find and entered into a mortgage for the rest of your natural life with a financial institution to purchase. It’s pretty important and it’s incredibly valuable – regardless of its actual value.

Memories are made here. You are warm here and safe and secure. Your home is where you live and often where you love. It also holds those things most valuable to you – your family, your pets and your possessions and because of that, you go to great lengths to make sure it is secure. Locks on the doors and windows. Monitored alarm systems. Outdoor sensor lights. Security gates. Smoke detectors.

The truth is that no matter how much or well we may invest in preventative insurance we KNOW that shit still happens. Yet even with all that grown-up ‘knowing’ so many of us STILL think “It won’t happen to me.”

So you may think that takes care of fire and theft. But what about life’s OTHER surprises? Like your two year-old giving your camera a bath in the toilet. Or perhaps a passing car losing control and landing in your lounge room. Or a neighbouring tree crashing through your family room. Or losing your roof in a freak storm. Or your toddler’s best efforts at redecorating your lounge with a permanent marker.

It’s a cliché but life really IS unpredictable.

Stop and think about the horrific events that have marred our nation and it all starts to become very real (and VERY close to home!)  The bushfires that tore through Victoria on Black Saturday in 2009 took over 2,000 homes in its path, the Blue Mountains in 2012 claimed over 200 homes and the most recent Sampson Flat and WA Bushfires in 2014 all add to the impact these unforseen events can have on our lives.  The devastation of the Queensland Floods and most recent Sydney Storms will remain with so many Australians for a lifetime, with so many sadly underinsured, or even worse, not insured at all.

I know many of you are saying you can’t afford the whole box and dice, and I get that.  What I love is that you can mix and match your insurance dependant on your budget and your lifestyle and know at least you’re covered for the unexpected. HOW covered is then up to you.

Allianz offer a choice of three home and contents insurance packages dependant on your needs so it doesn’t cost a fortune to have cover.

I’ve leaned on my insurance for ‘events’ out of my control, from a burst water pipe to a storm damaged roof.  Look, I’m a pretty careful person, but no matter how careful WE are, there’s always other contributing factors of family life! Here’s what happened to me:

  1. Only 6 weeks after buying a $2700 MacBook Pro, my 1yo knocked a can of soft drink on the coffee table which fell onto my laptop, spilling a lovely sugary sweet residue all over my laptop (and seeping deep into my keyboard!)
  2. Not 3 months later, (yeah right hey!) master 3 put his water bottle into my handbag (as they do!) however he didn’t close the lid properly did he?! Unfortunately for me I also had my VERY new (and expensive) digital SLR camera in there.  I suddenly heard a rather agitated clicking sound to discover my camera was taking a bath and needed some serious mouth to mouth at the Camera Store.

These two instances alone would have cost me almost $4,000 to replace these two items, had it not been for the Accidental Damage cover on my policy. That’s just been the last two years! So touch wood, that’s going to be the last claim for a while!

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You may be thinking I’m not in a flood or bushfire zone so that will never happen to me. But it COULD and the only way to protect ourselves from loss, damage and subsequent hardship is to be adequately insured.  

Wait. What does ‘adequately insured’ mean?

Basically, it means that you should take care not to under-insure. When a policy does not fully cover the cost of replacing your home and contents you are underinsured. Research shows that one in five Australian homes are underinsured by as much as 30% for home building costs and one in three Australian homes are underinsured by as much as 30% for contents. One reason that can cause this is if you inaccurately calculate the replacement cost of your home and contents or perhaps the sum insured was sufficient when the policy was taken out but rebuilding costs have changed at a greater rate than annual increases. This will obviously result in the consumer becoming underinsured over time.

But what sort of things should be insured?

As a guide, you should consider how much it would cost you to replace things such as your personal items, books, music, crockery, manchester, sporting equipment, garden tools, artwork, clothes, furniture and electrical goods. You should also get some help to assess what it would cost you to re-build, re-paint, re-roof or re-landscape your property should it be damaged by fire, storm or impact.

Not sure where to start?

Allianz has two super easy online calculators HERE http://bit.ly/1F0TSta and which will give you an idea of what you should be insuring your home and contents for. It literally only takes minutes and asks very simple questions to calculate what your valuables are worth. I was amazed at how much it would cost to rebuild my house!

So if it’s been a while since you revalued your home or contents, or are just slightly curious how affordable cover would be,  jump online and do the exercise for yourself. We bet you’ll be surprised at just how easy and affordable it is for one of life’s little luxuries – peace of mind.

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Avatar of Belinda Jennings

Belinda's a passionate advocate for community and connection. As the founder of the Mum Central Network she’s committed to celebrating the journey that is Australian parenthood. Mum to two cheeky boys, and wife to her superstar husband, they live a busy but crazy lifestyle in Adelaide. Great conversation, close friends and good chocolate are her chosen weapons for daily survival. Oh, and bubbles. Champagne is key.

313 Comments

  1. Avatar of Brooke Parker
    Brooke Parker Reply

    Storage Furniture for Cd’s, Dvd’s, Lego Sets and just random things so my room can’t get cluttered.

  2. Avatar of Michelle Green
    Michelle Green Reply

    I love IKEA’s bathroom ware so I would add to what we have already bought from there.

  3. Avatar of Marie

    we love ikea, my children love the crèche and I love wondering around the store and buying!!

  4. Avatar of Mandy Gebhard
    Mandy Gebhard Reply

    I would like to buy the Trofast system to organise my kids toys!

  5. Avatar of Maree Gray
    Maree Gray Reply

    Have never been to Ikea but want to. Would love to get some storage containers.

  6. Avatar of Charl Lowther
    Charl Lowther Reply

    I love Ikea! Would love another Trofast Storage system for all the Lego!

  7. Avatar of Peta-Lee Bartlett
    Peta-Lee Bartlett Reply

    We need some new draws for our kid’s rooms now they are sharing and the nursery furniture isbeing farewelled

  8. Avatar of Jessica Walters
    Jessica Walters Reply

    More storage for my boys bedrooms, lighting, desk the possibility are endless at IKEA

  9. Avatar of Edward Dekkers
    Edward Dekkers Reply

    The lighting is the most interesting for me, but when the wife is with me, it’s always a trolley full of random stuff she’s rushing out the door telling me to start the car….

  10. Avatar of Elizabeth Jeong
    Elizabeth Jeong Reply

    I’d love a new chair! My current one is giving me mountains of problems for my posture and spine.

  11. Avatar of kirsty harkness
    kirsty harkness Reply

    a laundry over head cupboard, i saw it there last week and its perfect for my laundry…i need more storage at home

  12. Avatar of Yunii Young
    Yunii Young Reply

    We are moving to a new house and need a new dining table along with the chairs! That would be awesome!

  13. Avatar of HLJ

    I’d put it towards a kivik couch that I have been saving for!
    Holly

  14. Avatar of amandagorton
    amandagorton Reply

    A desk and chair for the study – theres nothing like some organised order in my place to clear my headspace

  15. Avatar of Bianca d

    I could most defiantly use at least one more Billy Bookcase for my library… So many books not enough bookcases!

  16. Avatar of Jeanette B
    Jeanette B Reply

    I’d use it towards a MALM bed frame. My best friend has been sleeping with her mattress on the floor since they moved house. Its driving me nuts! Even though she isnt phased! lol.

  17. Avatar of Nicole Beveridge
    Nicole Beveridge Reply

    Storage solutions – so for me probably some drawers and baskets for my expedits – I have them all over my house 🙂

  18. Avatar of Jo Ellis

    New storage shelves/bookcase for our daughters room. Also put it towards the kids play kitchen

  19. Avatar of Bec Taylor
    Bec Taylor Reply

    Cushions, my dream is to dive into a bed covered in cushions! Ikea has such a large range, I’d love to shop there!

  20. Avatar of Rebecca Parkinson
    Rebecca Parkinson Reply

    A storage shelving system with the pull out tubd for my kids toys 🙂

  21. Avatar of Ying Ying TAN
    Ying Ying TAN Reply

    I need a set of toddler table and chairs for my little one very soon!

  22. Avatar of Richelle Egan
    Richelle Egan Reply

    I need a kitchen dresser to put my electrical appliances on to keep them safe from the children and free up bench space.

  23. Avatar of Laura Elsegood
    Laura Elsegood Reply

    I need a new rug, some storage for the kids bedrooms and some of your famous meatballs.

  24. Avatar of Kim Paul

    A new bedroom set
    for my 13yr old daughter as she is moving rooms

  25. Avatar of Jane Somerville
    Jane Somerville Reply

    We are building a Little Man Cave so some shelving to keep things neat!

  26. Avatar of robfunk

    I’d love to get some storage cubes and keep things tidy at home.

  27. Avatar of Chont

    I’d love to buy a compact workstation/desk so my son can complete his homework in the comfort & privacy of his own room

  28. Avatar of Fiona Rowlands
    Fiona Rowlands Reply

    I’d love to get a bookshelf for my son’s Bedroom, it’s a big cluttered mess at the moment so a shelf would definitely help!!

  29. Avatar of dolphincakes
    dolphincakes Reply

    I need some storage for my yarn. There’s a great storage trolley at Ikea that I’ve been drooling over for a while now.

  30. Avatar of Nicola

    I would love to buy a new rug for my lounge room – my old IKEA one is getting tatty!

  31. Avatar of Caitlin M

    A dining table – we don’t currently have one and are just making do.

  32. Avatar of Sarah Travia
    Sarah Travia Reply

    I would love a coffee table with drawers on the sides, can never have enough storage space. Especially with a three year old and a small apartment!

  33. Avatar of Shannon Lucas
    Shannon Lucas Reply

    I would love storage for the toy room, so sick of toys living on the floor, in every room other than the designated toy room. Would be so nice to be able to have somewhere the throw them out of sight

  34. Avatar of Robyn Wright
    Robyn Wright Reply

    I would love to buy a little sofa bed to have in our spare room for when family/friends come to stay.

  35. Avatar of Krysten Dunn
    Krysten Dunn Reply

    Id love to buy cube storage as its versitile and can be used as a TV cabinet or toy storage. I love ikea so anything would help me at home

  36. Avatar of Deb

    I would love to buy a new bookcase as my old one is overflowing and falling to pieces.

  37. Avatar of Carolyn

    I’d love to buy something like a little table or cubes to put in my entry way to display some more photos on. I also need another bookshelf!

  38. Avatar of Margot Farquharson
    Margot Farquharson Reply

    I would buy some much needed drawers for my sons room. In the futile hope he will put his clothes away…..not use the floor as a wardrobe.

  39. Avatar of blackwidow63
    blackwidow63 Reply

    I love to buy all different storage items that always come out

  40. Avatar of Anna Ryan-Punch
    Anna Ryan-Punch Reply

    Our house is already filled with bookshelves, so OBVIOUSLY I would buy…book shelves!

  41. Avatar of Rebeccah Parry
    Rebeccah Parry Reply

    I would buy a display cabinet that I can display the kids memory items in, where they cannot get to it and destroy the items (like kids do :-))

  42. Avatar of Matt Harrison
    Matt Harrison Reply

    the real question is what can’t I buy from ikea!? I’d put it towards some of their fancy LED lights

  43. Avatar of Linda Bomber Brunning
    Linda Bomber Brunning Reply

    I need, need, need oh alright I want,want new curtains for my boring beedroom

  44. Avatar of Lauren Geier
    Lauren Geier Reply

    We’re currently building and I have my eye on some of their bar stools!

  45. Avatar of Rebecca Foster
    Rebecca Foster Reply

    I would love to buy a new dining set for my dining room

  46. Avatar of rocky

    I’d love to purchase some storage for all the bits and bobs that get left around the house! Having lego in a box and not in my foot- priceless!

  47. Avatar of Mel Haddon
    Mel Haddon Reply

    A bed for my son’s birthday. He’s currently in a toddler bed.

  48. Avatar of Kristine

    Need new storage items as the kids have grown older and need something more grown up and less baby looking

  49. Avatar of Shivonne Alison
    Shivonne Alison Reply

    Need a new bed for my son as his cot is required for when we have a new baby 🙂

  50. Avatar of Keri Ellis
    Keri Ellis Reply

    A desk for my son. He’s now almost 8 and had outgrown his tiny kids IKEA table

  51. Avatar of lara

    id love to buy anything never bought from ikea before so anything

  52. Avatar of Celeste

    Rugs is what I need! To dress-up my all so boring tiled floors to have that nice, warm and cosy feeling I am really missing.

  53. Avatar of Jessica Charles
    Jessica Charles Reply

    A new kids table and chairs set. Our current one is falling apart and becoming dangerous to use.

  54. Avatar of Kalina Batchelor
    Kalina Batchelor Reply

    I love to buy stuff for the kids rooms to make fun and relaxing

  55. Avatar of Marilyn Long
    Marilyn Long Reply

    Some black storage boxes with labels for organising my storage cabinet

  56. Avatar of Lisa Jene

    I love the IKEA marketplace. All those cute gizmos and homewares! I’d love to go nuts!

  57. Avatar of austhome

    As they have all sorts of wonderful furniture and knick knacks to buy

  58. Avatar of 78DaysofSummer
    78DaysofSummer Reply

    I would love to buy all things STORAGE from IKEA as our home we rent has very little to no storage, not even a linen cupboard, with one room not even having any at all.

  59. Avatar of Adele Smith
    Adele Smith Reply

    Would love to update my study nook with some book shelves and a magnetic white board.

  60. Avatar of Blossom

    I desperately need to buy 2 new single beds as the children I care for are currently sleeping on a sofabed

  61. Avatar of Jessica

    We would love one of the gorgeous cots for our first bub due in January

  62. Avatar of jessica

    I would love one of the amazing kids storage systems they have for my son’s room.

  63. Avatar of Gemma Gibbons
    Gemma Gibbons Reply

    We are in desperate need of more shelving and bookcases! Would love to get stuff off the floor and out of boxes!

  64. Avatar of Barbara Fehmel
    Barbara Fehmel Reply

    What don’t I like to buy at “Ikea” I have bought so many items over the years, Couch, mattress, small items etc. Love everything.

  65. Avatar of Michelle Groves
    Michelle Groves Reply

    I would love to buy more shelving and photo frames to display my 4 year old daughter’s beautiful artwork

  66. Avatar of Caro22

    I love anything that makes my life simpler and makes our house look tidy and organised.

  67. Avatar of Kathie Winn
    Kathie Winn Reply

    I would love some new cushions and throws for the lounge room.

  68. Avatar of Vanessa Lampre
    Vanessa Lampre Reply

    I would love to buy a shaggy rug for our tiled loungeroom floor

  69. Avatar of Bev Stelzer
    Bev Stelzer Reply

    Hi, with xmas coming so fast & being on a pension now my budget has gone , having 11 grankids to buy for winning a gift card would be perfect & help so much, Tx Bev

  70. Avatar of Milly Howells
    Milly Howells Reply

    I’d love to buy a set of ESBJÖRN chairs, they are divine!

  71. Avatar of Heyley Marett
    Heyley Marett Reply

    I would love to buy a cot for our baby when he/she arrives into the world 🙂

  72. Avatar of Karina Lee
    Karina Lee Reply

    I have always wanted to buy the Play kitchen, even before I got pregnant. It looks so good for a toy kitchen!

  73. Avatar of Belinda Belinda
    Belinda Belinda Reply

    Definitely a baby chair! (or toddler – because they grow up so fast!)

  74. Avatar of Amanda

    Storage for the kid’s bedrooms. Soooo much stuff to trip over.

  75. Avatar of Casey

    A bathroom bench seat for the kids and a new hanging shelf for the laundry and my husband broke my favorite Ikea mixing bowl so a replacement for that 🙂

  76. Avatar of Julie Krieg
    Julie Krieg Reply

    Storage for our new parent’s retreat when our kids get their own room!

  77. Avatar of Bernice Santa Maria
    Bernice Santa Maria Reply

    I would love to buy a bed for my son as he is almost ready to move from the cot.

  78. Avatar of Christina

    More storage for the kids rooms & funky furniture since I am currently in the process of redecorating their rooms. 6 kids need plenty of storage

  79. Avatar of Clarrisani
    Clarrisani Reply

    Found IKEA to be a great place to find new ideas, at a great price, and easy to assemble. Right now we need new bookshelves for our little ones books as our current ones are cheap and falling apart, and because we need more space for books.

  80. Avatar of Catherine Harris
    Catherine Harris Reply

    I would love to get another Kallax storage unit for my sons toys

  81. Avatar of Rachel K

    I’d love some functional storage solutions for my home office!

  82. Avatar of Amanda Mouttet
    Amanda Mouttet Reply

    I’d love to buy a hall table for us to put our bags and keys. Thank you

  83. Avatar of Julie Hodsman
    Julie Hodsman Reply

    I would love a shelving unit that organises my kid’s kinder and daycare, and eventually school, bags and notes and everything else they take along. Currently they sit at the front door in a messy pile which makes for a very messy first impression.

  84. Avatar of Cher Dooling
    Cher Dooling Reply

    Dinning room chairs, to replace the wobbly ones that we currently using 🙂

  85. Avatar of AmandaR

    I love all the kitchen gadgets. I can never walk out of IKEA empty handed 🙂

  86. Avatar of Aimee Tatham
    Aimee Tatham Reply

    My youngest is reaching the stage of cot to big boy bed. I’d love to get him a bed that eases my mind while having him excited about the big sleeping move 😀

  87. Avatar of Marianne Douglas
    Marianne Douglas Reply

    I would love to be able to finish off the wardrobe in my bedroom as the floor-robe isn’t very attractive 😉

  88. Avatar of Tammy

    Metod High Cabinet – Big cupboards for that ever elusive and much needed storage space!

  89. Avatar of Tash Wright
    Tash Wright Reply

    i would love to buy a new storage cupboard for the playroom.

  90. Avatar of Alan Tyler
    Alan Tyler Reply

    I would live tobuy a new bedroom suite bunk bed and desk for my daughter

  91. Avatar of Lauren Francis
    Lauren Francis Reply

    new oppland bedsides and draws from ikea to go with the new bed

  92. Avatar of lorexstevex
    lorexstevex Reply

    We just got floorboards and would love some Ikea rugs to liven up the house.

  93. Avatar of Claire Thrower
    Claire Thrower Reply

    Would love a new kitchen but thats a little while off yet, would probably get a nice comfy chair for me to sit and relax in, IKEA has some beautiful arm chairs.

  94. Avatar of Maria Stone
    Maria Stone Reply

    I’d love to deck out the whole house! Need a TV unit, coffee table, bed side tables and some funky chairs to go with my rustic dining table! 🙂 this gift card would definitely get me out of my pjs and into the store 🙂 thank you!

  95. Avatar of Christina everett
    Christina everett Reply

    Would love to purchase a new bed for both my children and this will really help.

  96. Avatar of Josie Storey
    Josie Storey Reply

    Missyjewel_lovesbutterflies
    Would love to purchase curtains and a bed for kids

  97. Avatar of -Jazzy-

    I’m currently sleeping on the lounge in my home, but I’d love a real bed. 🙁

  98. Avatar of Krissy Butler
    Krissy Butler Reply

    I need a great storage solution for my toddler’s room!

  99. Avatar of Isabeau Jane
    Isabeau Jane Reply

    I would love to buy some shelving for my daughter’s room and my bathroom!

  100. Avatar of Leicia Mathers
    Leicia Mathers Reply

    With grandkids at home now some toy boxes and storage would be good

  101. Avatar of Shu-Ching Chang
    Shu-Ching Chang Reply

    I would buy a desk light and storage boxes for spring cleaning. Thank you.

  102. Avatar of Kaz Purtill-Wright
    Kaz Purtill-Wright Reply

    Well first off I would stock up on Istad plastic zip lock
    bags, I love those things and then I would put the rest towards some bathroom
    storage because we are lacking that in our house.

  103. Avatar of Anita Black
    Anita Black Reply

    I have never shopped at Ikea before so it would be exciting I think!

  104. Avatar of Colleen Stewart
    Colleen Stewart Reply

    Boxes and hooks for hidden nooks
    Cushions to decorate the bed
    Some colour for my office…
    Think it will be red.

  105. Avatar of Christina Vetell
    Christina Vetell Reply

    A rug to stop the rug rats sliding up and down my newly polished floor boards in their very expensive school uniforms

  106. Avatar of Sue Perry

    One room in my house doesn’t have built ins so I’ll a new wardrobe

  107. Avatar of Sarah Homans
    Sarah Homans Reply

    I would love some matching furniture for the kids. All their stuff is cobbled together.

  108. Avatar of joburkey

    I want to get a new junior bed for my daughter, she’s growing like a weed

  109. Avatar of Sharyn W

    desperately need some storage for the new bedroom for our children

  110. Avatar of Ana

    There are many things I’d love to buy from IKEA, including but not limited to a lounge for the theatre, display cabinets and shelving units as well and styling and decorating items for around the house!

  111. Avatar of sara

    Wanting to get some cube storage units to sort my kids toys and have a play area in our little house

  112. Avatar of Julian N.

    I’d love to buy some new couch cushions to liven up our very dated couch.

  113. Avatar of Sonya

    I’d buy the blue rug I’ve had my eye on for a while – it will replace my very grungy one.

  114. Avatar of Bex

    I really need to invest in a great quality family couch for us all to relax on. It would make life a lot cosier!

  115. Avatar of Bronwyn Kelly
    Bronwyn Kelly Reply

    My house entry is so bare, I need an entry or hall table to make the space look alive

  116. Avatar of Emma Markovski
    Emma Markovski Reply

    I’d love some storage organisation for my linen press . It looks like a bomb went off there

  117. Avatar of Belinda Baker
    Belinda Baker Reply

    We desperately need new kitchen chairs definitely buy new ones

  118. Avatar of Isobel Brown
    Isobel Brown Reply

    I’d buy some cushions and throws to give my lounge room a bright new look.

  119. Avatar of Shu-Ching Chang
    Shu-Ching Chang Reply

    It is a happy gift card by Mum Central. I would buy 2 beautiful desk light for my girls . Thank you.

  120. Avatar of Shannon

    I would put the money towards a new couch, as ours is so old the bonded leather is peeling! 🙁

  121. Avatar of Angela Hogan
    Angela Hogan Reply

    I love the way they design so much storage in such small spaces

  122. Avatar of Jenni

    A wardrobe for our sons bedroom – he needs to vacate his current room before the twins arrive.

  123. Avatar of Anne-Marie Wingfield
    Anne-Marie Wingfield Reply

    I love to buy a new quilt cover for my bed and a large print and colourful cushions to liven up our lounge room.

  124. Avatar of Emily Joanna
    Emily Joanna Reply

    I would love the money to go towards buying an IKEA kids storage unit system. 🙂

  125. Avatar of Natalie

    A funky and wild kids arty area. Table, chairs, containers and draws, easel and a big mirror they can paint themselves in.

  126. Avatar of J Walker

    We currently have no chairs for our dining table, so that would be top of our (very long) list! It would be wonderful to be able to sit at the table like a normal family again!

  127. Avatar of RenDav

    We are in the process of upgrading our little girls room from a toddler room to a big girls room & I would love to get her the bed of her dreams to start the process & it happens to be at Ikea!

  128. Avatar of Jo Tan

    Would love to purchase a few RÅSKOG Trolley (with castors, turquoise) for storing my children’s arts and crafts materials (markers, crayons, glue, glitters, scissors, coloured papers, buttons, goggly eyes), laundry items (pegs, soap powder, brushes, detergent), cleaning items (bottles, chemicals, gloves, brushes) and items in our study room (documents, stationaries, cables, headphones, chargers).

  129. Avatar of Nicole Williams
    Nicole Williams Reply

    I would love to purchase some drawers for storage and could really use a new dining table

  130. Avatar of Schona Murray
    Schona Murray Reply

    We would like to get our little one a matching Ikea bed to her sister’s

  131. Avatar of sars_angelchik
    sars_angelchik Reply

    I’d love to buy one of their shoe storage cupboards- they are awesome they hide all the shoes away near the front door and hold so many pairs!

  132. Avatar of Andieharrie
    Andieharrie Reply

    IKEA is opening in the next suburb to me in 2016, hooray no more hour drive to buy my IKEA furniture, right now i need a new kitchen yep whole kitchen and i love the IKEA range

  133. Avatar of Anthony G

    I’d love to get another PAX wardrobe for our new walk in robe!

  134. Avatar of Natalie Fitzgerald
    Natalie Fitzgerald Reply

    I would love to decorate a bedroom / play area for my kids.

  135. Avatar of Melissa O

    I would love to reorganise the kids playroom with some fun storage solutions

  136. Avatar of Kristy Winters
    Kristy Winters Reply

    A new bed for my one year old she’s too big for her cot

  137. Avatar of Elise Turpin
    Elise Turpin Reply

    I have a list a mile long but would most like to do our sunroom which is a combined playroom and entry area 🙂

  138. Avatar of Amanda Ramsdale
    Amanda Ramsdale Reply

    I’d love to start a play room for my 10 month old daughter.

  139. Avatar of K.

    A new mattress..anxiety sets in when separating from something i’ve owned for over 10 years, but nothing really mattress more than a good nights sleep, and i could not be more ecstatic to finally get the old thing out of the door!

  140. Avatar of Alex

    Anything that doesn’t require a Rocket Science degree to assemble.

  141. Avatar of Shu-Ching Chang
    Shu-Ching Chang Reply

    I love IKEA furniture and ideas, I would buy 2 desk lights for my girls.Thank you.

  142. Avatar of Rebecca Carson
    Rebecca Carson Reply

    I love IKEA! I’d buy a futon so I have somewhere for my friends to stay when they visit.

  143. Avatar of Lauren Jordan
    Lauren Jordan Reply

    I’d love to buy a new dining table, something like the Hogsby, and matching chairs.

  144. Avatar of Katsa

    My baby daughter has so many cute dresses but nowhere to hang them. To make it easier to choose her outfit for the day, I’d buy a pink Stuva storage wardrobe to hang them in.

  145. Avatar of Mel Hince

    I have an enormous Ikea wishlist, but at the moment I’m saving to put in a new wardrobe system in my son’s room.

  146. Avatar of Samira Bousalim Al-Ekhtiyar
    Samira Bousalim Al-Ekhtiyar Reply

    They have everything at a reasnable price – And i need it all

  147. Avatar of Michelle

    I would really love a bedside table & I have my eye on some lovely ones at Ikea.

  148. Avatar of Zara Collis
    Zara Collis Reply

    a new bed for my son, his is a bunk that’s too difficult for him to make easily. He’d like that.

  149. Avatar of Olivia Cammaroto
    Olivia Cammaroto Reply

    Mr 2.5 is on the hunt for a big boy bed, so that’s what will be be getting from IKEA.

  150. Avatar of Joanna Hayward
    Joanna Hayward Reply

    We’re about to have our first bubba – so a nursery fit out is imminent, and Ikea have the best (and cheapest!) stuff for babies!

  151. Avatar of Ling

    Tables and chairs for my little girl to sit at and do activities on.

  152. Avatar of janine gardiner
    janine gardiner Reply

    Some black mesh outdoor chairs to get ready for lovely summer, so we can sit on the verandah and relax.

  153. Avatar of Roslyn Millett
    Roslyn Millett Reply

    Some storage – 8 year old twin boys, can never have enough storage!

  154. Avatar of siankelly

    I have been looking at the kallax series of shelving for a while, so versatile and stylish!

  155. Avatar of Helen F

    A rug for our loungeroom as our carpet is so stained. Would be fabulous

  156. Avatar of Ally Miller Young
    Ally Miller Young Reply

    There’s so much that I’d like from IKEA, at the moment we are renovating our whole house & need heaps of stuff, kitchen storage is probably a good place to start.

  157. Avatar of Julia Morton
    Julia Morton Reply

    (Julie m)I would love to buy a new bright 3 seater lounge,as I only have a 2 seater since moving and need to relax my legs out more,

  158. Avatar of Robyn Du-Shane
    Robyn Du-Shane Reply

    Would love to put this towards wardrobe storage systems for our new home. Currently just hanging and would love to add some sliding baskets.

  159. Avatar of Judith Whitehead
    Judith Whitehead Reply

    new kitchen table and chairs or storage shelves for my twin girls new bedroom

  160. Avatar of joni

    Storage solutions PLEASE!! I’m desperate to sort out the mess my 4 kids and husband leave everywhere.

  161. Avatar of Karen Edwards
    Karen Edwards Reply

    my 2 year old is due to be moved from her cot to a big bed would love to get a bedroom set from Ikea

  162. Avatar of kirsty irwin
    kirsty irwin Reply

    There are so many things I need to get! Storage would be a major thing, needed in 3 rooms

  163. Avatar of Fiona Loadsman
    Fiona Loadsman Reply

    I need many new household items as getting a new house soon, bathroom accessories a must as getting more bathrooms!

  164. Avatar of Juanita Thorn
    Juanita Thorn Reply

    I love the Kallax/Drona Shelving Unit…just what I need for my living room.

  165. Avatar of Lizzie Midgley
    Lizzie Midgley Reply

    I’m a big fan of storage. We are off to find soft toy storage today!

  166. Avatar of Trish Leonard
    Trish Leonard Reply

    I would love some two beach chairs for hubby and I, so we can relax outside when the weather warms up.

  167. Avatar of Sally

    Would love to get my son a brand new bed. The one he has is cheap and falling apart and as a single mum i can’t afford a new one

  168. Avatar of Rachel amanatidis
    Rachel amanatidis Reply

    Love the Manchester bright coloured towels and sheets are just awesome

  169. Avatar of Rachelle D.
    Rachelle D. Reply

    I would put this gift card towards buying some storage solutions for all the bits and bobs.

  170. Avatar of Jodie

    Desperately need to set up my son’s bedroom, storage for his many toys would be great!

  171. Avatar of arcticaudrey
    arcticaudrey Reply

    A mirror for my lounge room, who needs a painting when you’ve got something as beautiful as your reflection to gaze at!

  172. Avatar of Amanda Gaye Mulcahy
    Amanda Gaye Mulcahy Reply

    We need some expedit shelves to shore our ever growing book collection!

  173. Avatar of Sabrina

    Oh I would LOVE some storage boxes and some drawers for MR4 room !!

  174. Avatar of mandz_84

    I would love to spoil my two little girls with a bunk bed set for their bedroom!

  175. Avatar of Cassandra Cox
    Cassandra Cox Reply

    Draws, desks, chairs, cushions. I think the better question would be what DON’T I want to buy>

  176. Avatar of Evelyn

    A dining table and chairs! I’ve never had a new one and mine have been handed down by family since the 60/70s. The table and chairs are all mismatched and ripped, drawn on, have duct tape on, and are falling apart. Although they’re better than having nothing, they’re not something I could have guests over with as I’d die of embarrassment and being a hermit sucks.

    Half the chairs also have the most painful metal legs in history. They look harmless, but as my 3 kids and I discovered through experience, accidentally kicking them or stubbing your toe while walking past will almost break your toes/foot and make you feel quite hateful towards the chair. Not enjoyable at all, especially when you’ve inherited clumsiness and passed it down too.

    It would be truly wonderful to have a beautiful new and matching set to use and also make the whole room look so much nicer. I’d get child practical ones that wouldn’t be easily ruined (not fabric chairs) so they too would hopefully last another 50/60 years and could one day be handed down like my current ones were to me, haha! Really would be an amazing dream come true, so thank you to all involved for this chance!

  177. Avatar of Lisa Wogandt
    Lisa Wogandt Reply

    Storage unit. Ikea has the best storage solutions and I need to stop drowning in my clutter and get organised!!!

  178. Avatar of Alyce

    I would love to buy a bunkbed and a book shelf for my daughter’s bedroom.

  179. Avatar of Lisa Frankel
    Lisa Frankel Reply

    Love to buy some more book shelves. I need to house my precious precious precious books

  180. Avatar of domandlauren
    domandlauren Reply

    My toddler is 2 and is nearly ready for a big bed!! (I’m not ready!!!!!!) This prize would be a great help towards buying him one!

  181. Avatar of Cecilia Warrick
    Cecilia Warrick Reply

    I’d put it towards an outdoor setting which we desperately need!

  182. Avatar of Rachael D

    My eyes are on a everything in Ikea but I would love to put this towards a tv cabinet for the whole family.
    Fingers & toes are crossed to win this prize!

  183. Avatar of Susan Banyard
    Susan Banyard Reply

    Lots of kitchen gadgets that I would love to have as well as a lamp

  184. Avatar of disqus_Yr8j2w4cvx
    disqus_Yr8j2w4cvx Reply

    Oh I would love to get some bathroom essentials it is the most embarrassing room in my very small house many cracks in the old mouldy shower scquilityreen and the base that leaks so ……. no more needs to be said and the sink cabinet OMG…… I would IKEA’s help their products are very high quality 🙂

  185. Avatar of humptydumpedme
    humptydumpedme Reply

    I would love to get heaps of kids stuff for my grandsons when they visit

  186. Avatar of James Pizzey
    James Pizzey Reply

    childrens furniture my grand-daughters will be needing it when they move from the UK to Australia

  187. Avatar of Carly

    love to deck out kids rooms with cool storage & decoration stuff

  188. Avatar of Lucy Fracassi Robins
    Lucy Fracassi Robins Reply

    I have an addiction to kitchen items, so I see cooking utensils, maybe some new glasses, oh and candles!

  189. Avatar of Vanessa Ahern
    Vanessa Ahern Reply

    I would love to buy the IKEA PS 2014 Bureau as we live in a small villa and would use this bureau as a computer table saving us a lot of space in the living room.

  190. Avatar of Justine Hordyk
    Justine Hordyk Reply

    Would love storage for the kids room and a kitchen table tired of eating on the lounge

  191. Avatar of jane whelan
    jane whelan Reply

    Congrats to the other lucky winners, thank you Mum Central

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