Many algebraic objects are notorious for being easy to define, but hard to find explicitly. However, certain algebraic objects, when viewed with the "correct" combinatorial framework, become much easier to actually find. This allows us to compute much larger examples by hand, and often gives us insight into the object's underlying structure. In this talk, we will define irreducible decompositions of ideals, and explore their underlying combinatorial structure in the special case of monomial ideals in polynomial rings. As time permits, we will look at recent results in the case of binomial ideals. This talk will be accessible to anyone who has taken a course in Abstract Algebra.