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IKEA will pay you $150 an hour to ‘create happiness’

Lucy Dean
Pictured: Tidied IKEA products, Australian cash. Images: IKEA, Getty
Do these images spark joy? You could work at IKEA. Images: IKEA, Getty

Do you get a thrill out of reorganising your desk, labelling matching condiment jars and putting items away into tidy boxes? Do you see yourself as Marie Kondo’s long-lost sibling?

You’re not alone – and IKEA has a job for you.

The Swedish giant on Thursday announced it is hiring 10 regional städad (tidy) technicians whose jobs will be to declutter and tidy customers’ homes.

“Are you an expert in home organisation? Do you understand how a tidy home can create happiness? Do you want to take your decluttering credentials to the next level?” the advertisement reads.

The 10 people hired will organised homes across Australia and must have a “flair for decluttering”.

Pictured: Tidy room with IKEA products. Image: IKEA
Does this image fill you with joy? Image: IKEA

To apply, applicants need to send in a cover letter, resume and visual examples of their work, with a starting date of 29 February.

“Successful applicants will be contracted on an hourly rate, starting from $150p/h, based on experience and expertise,” Kent Eriksson, people and culture co-worker for IKEA Australia said.

“We’re so excited to be able to offer this role that will further assist IKEA in its mission to create a better life for the many people. In this case, bringing gladness to homes via organisation and decluttering.”

Pictured: IKEA job description. Image: IKEA
This could be your job. Image: IKEA

“However, we can’t do it alone, which is why we’re looking for our next co-workers who can help us bring joy to the many homes of Australia,” added IKEA interior designer Tabitha Lage.

What are you waiting for?

IKEA’s marketing

This isn’t the first quirky marketing move from the Swedish retailer: last year it launched its first ‘Slow TV Channel’ which took viewers aboard a 14-day sea journey on a ship carrying IKEA products heading to Australia.

On the way, viewers listened to two Swedish narrators read out a list of IKEA products.

“We’re very excited to launch what could be the least exciting TV channel Aussies have ever seen!” Ryan Burman, country commercial activity leader for IKEA Australia said at the time.

“We know that 1-in-4 Aussies struggle with their sleep, so we hope that the rhythmic, monotonous content of the Slow TV channel helps quieten the day, and get the mind and body ready for bed.”

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