6 Kitchen Storage Solutions IKEA Really Gets Right

published Feb 24, 2023
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The start of a new year can naturally ignite the organization spark. Whether you want to declutter and get rid of junk in your kitchen, or are in need of a better organization system for your existing items, getting organized is not only useful, but also a meditative way to connect with your home. If you want your 2023 to be your tidiest year yet, what better store to explore for some kitchen organization and storage solutions than IKEA? With plenty of affordable, clever, and space-saving options, the Swedish home and furniture retailer is the perfect place to find a variety of kitchen solutions.

We rounded up our favorite IKEA kitchen storage and organization items recommended by professional organizers, Kitchn editors, and IKEA customers that provide the best and most convenient ways to keep everything in your kitchen tidy and easily accessible. 

6 Smart IKEA Storage Solutions

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Shelf space can be hard to come by in small kitchens, so adding extra storage space is a must. Pro organizer Caroline Solomon raves about this clip-on basket, which she recommends for storing items (even fresh produce!) beneath a shelf. “You could just as easily use it to store napkins, placemats, or any other counter clutter that doesn’t yet have a home,” she says.

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If you’re blessed with enough kitchen space to have a pantry, wooden crates are a great way to keep overstock pantry items neatly organized. This highly-rated, durable box crate has handles, and is made of solid pine that comes in two sizes for stacking. The untreated wood can be left as-is for a rustic look, or glazed with paint or oil to give your kitchen pantry a more personalized touch.

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Pegboards are great to keep smaller items, such as spice bottles and coffee mugs, organized in one visible space. Melissa Klug, program director at Pro Organizer Studio, always recommends taking advantage of wall space, and using a pegboard that is both functional and versatile enough to use in every room of your home.

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Whether you want to keep your fridge organized in a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing way, or want a minimal-yet-functional way to serve small side dishes, these glass containers are the way to go. With two sizes and six colors and lid variations (the bamboo ones can double as coasters!), these microwave- and dishwasher-safe containers come highly recommended by Brenda Scott, owner of Tidy My Space, who says they’re great for storing non-kitchen items as well.

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If you like to keep your recycling bins out of the way but still easily accessible, these highly reviewed pull-out bins are a great solution for out-of-the-way storage. Use one bin for cans and bottles, and the other for shopping bags or trash bags. These can also be mounted to the bottom of your cabinet to keep them neatly in place.

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Keeping your kitchen counters clean and decluttered is an essential part of kitchen maintenance. Groceries Editor Mara Weinraub has had this sleek stainless steel utensil holder for more than a decade that neatly keeps her spatulas, tongs, and utensils together. It also comes in a taller version that's perfect for cooking spoons and whisks.