12 of the Best IKEA Organizers to Buy Right Now — For Just $20 or Less

updated Jun 14, 2021
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Whenever I’m in my kitchen, I think of IKEA. Not because my entire kitchen consists of kitchen organizers or furniture or tools from there, but my first kitchen certainly did. 

Like many a broke college graduate, I went to IKEA when I moved into my very first, impossibly small apartment, mostly to buy kitchen supplies: things like pots and pans and serving utensils. Some of these items have fallen apart or disappeared over the years, but most of them still remain, and I still get nostalgic when I use them. Plus, they always remind me of the feeling of organizing your very first kitchen from top to bottom, of having a fresh slate. I loved that first kitchen, but I often think now about the mistakes I made when it came to how I “designed” it. 

My first thought? I would prioritize organization. For all of the IKEA items I purchased then, I didn’t think to get hanging racks, a magnetic knife strip, or space-saving cabinet dividers. What can I say? I was more concerned with purchasing, say, a set of eight cute wine glasses than making the kitchen space work efficiently.

If I had to do it again, I’d start at the organization supplies first, making sure I got the best options to maximize my tiny space. Having said that, here are 12 of the best kitchen organizers at IKEA, so maybe you can stay organized in your kitchen and have room for that set of wine glasses.

Most items on this list are less than $15, which means that organizing your kitchen doesn’t have to be an over-the-top, expensive process. Sometimes it can be as simple as installing a few rods and calling it a day. 

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Everyone needs a pot lid organizer. I didn’t know this at 22, but I sure know it now. If you’ve ever pulled out a lid from a cabinet only to cause an avalanche of pots and pans and a deafening cacophony of sound, then you probably know this, too. This particular organizer is simple, effective, and has 4.5 stars on the IKEA website. The best part? It’s less than $8. 

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Another underutilized kitchen organizational item is a shelf insert. IKEA offers all different sizes of these, but no matter which you choose, they automatically double the organizational space in a cabinet. No more pulling out a plate from underneath a dozen other, heavy, breakable items. 

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If you haven’t yet, you need to organize your baking supplies. Getting boxes like this one that allow you to organize cooking supplies and food by occasion will make your life easier and your kitchen more organized. Period. Maybe this box could be only for baking supplies, or cake decorating. Maybe you have a box that’s only for sourdough baking supplies. Maybe there’s one for when you grill outside. Whatever you choose, you’ll be happy to don’t have to dig through a million things you don’t need in your pantry to get to the few you do. 

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As someone whose greatest fear is picking up a giant stack of heavy plates only to drop them all, this bamboo plate holder is a great idea. It organizes your plates in a safe, attractive way, and it could double as a drying rack if need be. 

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Impress your guests with this ridiculously affordable rack for wine glasses. It’ll save you a ton of cabinet space and is a perfect excuse to display your favorite wine glasses. 

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Something I’m good at is purchasing dozens of cute, seasonal kitchen towels. Something I’m less good at? Having literally any place in my kitchen to put them at all. If you, too, find yourself hanging damp towns on refrigerator handles or the faucet of the sink, this towel rail is for you. Plus, giving the towels a better way to dry will help them stay cleaner overtime (no one likes a moldy kitchen towel). 

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Traditionally, this kind of thing is known as a hanging fruit basket — but who says you have to use it for fruit? You could store snacks in this hanging organizer, or use it for your keys. It could be a great place for drying reusable paper towels, or other tools. In summary: It’s versatile and automatically adds more off-the-counter storage for a kitchen.

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This spice rack is as beautiful as it is affordable. The low price means you could invest in a handful of the shelves and mix and match them throughout your kitchen to create the perfect balance. Organizing all your spices in one place makes it more enjoyable to cook, so consider this an investment into not ordering takeout every night of the week if you're wanting to cut back.

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This multi-use kitchen organizer has hooks, a dish drainer, and more. And it requires exactly zero drilling to install. Pretty cool, right? 

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This simple wall shelf is perfect if you are constantly finding tiny items strewn across your kitchen counter. Use this item to store your scissors, spices, dish towels, or whatever other items can never seem to find a home in your space.

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A magnetic knife rack looks pretty darn cool in almost any kitchen (no matter what type of decor you prefer), and as a bonus, it saves a ton of space. No need for a heavy woodblock on your countertop or a drawer full of sharp items (which is never the safest option). 

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This stainless steel rail comes with multiple hooks (you can hang baskets, towels, scissors, or other supplies) and a container as well. It’s sleek enough to look good in any kitchen space, and provides a way to maximize any open wall space you might have instead of trying to cram things in a tiny drawer or already-full cabinet.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 12 of the Best Kitchen Organizers at IKEA Under $20