However, if you’re restricting yourself to only the storage section of the store, you’re missing out on some pretty smart solutions. Many of Ikea’s everyday items can be used to create organizing answers for everything from boots to Barbie dolls. These #IkeaHacks will help you up your organizing skills and corral the clutter.
1. Create a catchall cart
On its own, the Raskog utility cart ($29.99, Ikea) is an organizational gold mine. Three deep and sturdy sections ready to wheel any place you need it? Yes, please! But add a few Sunnersta containers (79 cents a piece, Ikea) to the sides of the cart and there’s virtually nothing you can’t keep properly organized. This setup works especially well for office supplies.
2. Maintain the muddiness
Every mudroom needs a place to contain the dirt and keep the shoes from spilling out across the room (and the rest of your house). There’s no need to spend big bucks on a fancy shoe rack. All you need are a few Knagglig pine boxes ($9.99, Ikea) painted and stacked creatively, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind shoe organizer.
3. Put your earrings on display
Anyone who’s ever worn earrings knows it’s near impossible to keep track of both the earring and the backing for any measurable length of time. That’s where this DIY earring display comes in to save the day. Start with a Sigfinn phone holder ($5.99, Ikea), drill holes, and voila! Now all of your earrings have a place to call home. You’re welcome.
4. Create your own island
Everyone could use a little more kitchen storage. If you have the space, the best way to do that is to add an island with ample shelving and drawers.
Instead of spending big on a fancy, ready-made island, install a wood top and some trim on a few pairs of Billy bookshelves ($39, Ikea) and you have a kitchen island that’s nothing but storage. Suddenly, organizing your kitchen has become way easier.
5. Control tiny clutter
Think of all of the itty-bitty things you have just lying around your home that desperately need a designated spot to live: loose change, buttons, paper clips, etc.
Of course, these cork coasters ($1.99, Ikea) would work well on their own to hold the smallest of items—even if, left unadorned, they look a bit bland. However, a simple stripe of paint transforms them into something far more interesting.
6. Add bins to everything
At first glance, the Besta cabinet ($200, Ikea) seems like a great way to organize everything. But once you open those doors, there’s so much empty space and no designated cubbies. However, the Pluggis bins ($9.99, Ikea) fit perfectly in each section. Now you have DIY drawers that you can take all the way out for easy access—and easier cleanup.
7. Make bedroom storage easy
You would think that finding room for a bed and a dresser would be easy in most bedrooms, but it’s not.
If you have a smaller-than-average bedroom—or a wardrobe packed with clothes—you’ll need one piece of furniture that has multiple uses. Place a bed frame on top of a couple of Nordli two-drawer dressers ($129, Ikea), and all of your clothes can have a home right under your mattress. How’s that for double-duty furniture?
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