I like Ikea. I LOVE Ikea showrooms. I have come to a sad realization though. The showroom is a lie. The tidy, clean toddler room. The immaculate kitchen. The bathroom with no long hairs strewn about. The laundry room that makes you WANT to iron something. Everything looks "lived in" yet "perfect" - a combination that does not actually exist in real life. I have decided that from now on instead of starting my Ikea shopping experience by lolling about dreamily through the showrooms, I am going to begin in the "As Is" section, since it is a far more accurate representation of reality, and how your furniture will look two months after bringing it home.