Communication can be complicated, especially when it comes to housework. That’s why the kings of clearing clutter over at IKEA have created a full set of text-friendly emoticons to helps get your message across when it comes to cleaning, organizing and decorating.
This may look like a perfect little Swedish house on the outside but inside it’s a mess of male/female housework miscommunication.
Whose turn is it to clean the SEKTION kitchen? Did you vacuum the living room SILLERUP rug? Have you put all the books back on the BILLY bookcase? Does this POÄNG chair really work in the corner?
“That is where, after 400,000 years of civilization, IKEA comes in with a smart solution to end misunderstandings around the house,” says the friendly Swedish man in a PSA-type video (see below) announcing the release of a full set of home-focused IKEA emoticons.
Classic IKEA furnishings such as the BILLY bookcase, the MASKROS paper pendant lamp and the EKTROP couch series, along with your more traditional smiley face emojis, are turned into text-friendly cartoons.
This way, with just a few clicks on your phone keyboard, you can send an illustrated message to your family to remind them to put all the toys back in the TROFAST storage unit before you get home, ensuring you don’t trip over the slightly creepy heart-with-hands HJARTA stuffy again.
At IKEA, it’s really all about safety.