Well Organized

14 IKEA Products You Must Have to Organize Your Kitchen

UPDATED: April 2020

Can your kitchen ever be too organized? There’s always one drawer/shelf/counter that needs a little extra love right?

If only you had that perfect product to keep your kitchen counters clear or your utensils from taking over a drawer.

Here’s the IKEA products I really like, some I use already and others I covet (Tornviken island!).  Some of these may not be available yet where you live, but should be coming soon to your local IKEA.


1. KNODD bin with lid

Color: Gray, white and blue
Capacity: 4 or 11 gallon

I first noticed this bin at an Airbnb we stayed at. Love the classic pail look.The lid hooks onto the side handle whick keeps hands free for easy filling or emptying. Comes in three neutral colors so pick one that works with your kitchen decor!

It’s super easy to put a bin or trash can liner inside. Even a standing paper bag if you want to recycle.

Use the KNODD  for trash, recyclables or even bulk pet food. Super versatile and best of all, they look like a stylish farmhouse bucket.

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2. MJOSA pedal bin with lid

Color: White or Gray with brushed stainless trim – black inner bin
Capacity: 3 or 8 gallon

This is a new trash bin at IKEA and I’m loving the sleek look. It’s always nice to have a foot pedal so you can lift the lid without using your hands, right?

Even better there’s an inner container with a handle that makes it a piece of cake to pull out and empty. Got a small kitchen and no room under the counter? This baby doesn’t take up a lot of floor space and it looks good. Win. Win.

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3. VARIERA – trash or recycling can with handle

Color: White
Capacity: 3 gallon

OK this is kind of genius. A super cool little recycling container perfect for the well organized kitchen! The VARIERA trash can attaches to the inside of your cabinet door. Use it for food waste, recyclables OR trash if you have zero space for a regular trash container.

Grab a roll of small garbage bags to use in it or recycle your plastic shopping bags. I like the fact it’s out of the way and out of sight.

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4. VARIERA Shelf Unit

Color: White
Size: 12 5/8″ x 11″ or 12 5/8″ x 5 1/8″

Once you start stacking your plates inside your cabinets with these shelfies you’ll wonder how you got by without them. They’re perfect for stacking side plates on top of dinner plates and so on. Glassware, cups and saucers, bowls, you get the idea!

Don’t forget to measure the inside of your cabinets before you order.

There are two sizes, both the same width but two different depths. The shallow 5 1/8″ depth would be perfect in the back of your cabinet to stack tall glassware or wine glasses on as show here.

My kitchen cabinets are super shallow so I can only get away with the small ones. But oh my they do make it easier to stack!

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5. VARIERA Pot Lid Organizer

Color: Silver
Size: 5 3/4″ wide by 3 1/4 up to 19 3/4″

Can you tell I have kind of a thing for VARIERA kitchen hacks? This one is kind of genius when you think about it. It’s a pot lid organizer that conforms to your drawer space. It “accordions” in or out to fit your drawer. No more wrestling with those lids that seem to multiply every time you try to put them away!

Even if you don’t have a dedicated drawer to use, it still works on the floor of a cabinet. Pretty sweet!

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6. STODJA Flatware Organizer 

Color: White
Size: 14″ x 20″ or 11 3/8″ x 20

Here’s an easy solution for your kitchen drawers to keep your silverware and kitchen utensils from getting jumbled up. Or is that just me?

Choose from two different size trays to fit the drawer space you have.

If you have tiny drawers the STODJA line also has individual pieces that let you mix and match.

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7. SKADIS Pegboard Combo

Color: Black, Wood, White
Size: 22″ x 22″ each panel. This combo has two so it measures 22″ x 44″

Sold as individual panels and as combos like this one, the SKADIS pegboard turns wall space into storage. The two panel combo includes hooks to hang pots and utensils.

It’s easy to buy additional panels if you decide to get carried away and cover a whole wall!

Do your research and make sure your wall can handle the weight of the board and any hanging pans.  Ideally your wall should have wood or metal “studs” the 2″ x 4″ pieces the wallboard is attached to. You want to find these by tapping or with a stud finder or magnet.

SKADIS doesn’t come with mounting hardware – you’re supposed to use what’s suitable for your walls.

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8. VARDAGEN Jar with Lid

Color: Clear Glass
Sizes: 64 oz + 61 + 10 oz

I just bought the large round VARDEGEN jar to put tea bags in, but they’re also perfect for cookies, pasta or flour. Storing in glass jars is a great way to organize your cupboards and clean up counter tops.

Glass storage is healthier and recyclable too. I like that you can see what’s in it. Am I the only one who forgets what’s in their cupboard?

The tall Vardagen jar is the perfect size for dry spaghetti. The little one could be great for spices or salts.

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9. ORTFYLLD Spice Jar 

Set of 2
Color: Glass and Stainless Steel

I’m not even going to try and pronounce these! Why not clean up your spice rack with these clear glass jars with metal lids. I bought multiples of these. They fit the VARIERA drawer spice holder by the way.

The reviews for these jars complained there was no shaker top. So keep that in mind. Make your own labels or simply write on the jar with marker. Here’s some printable farmhouse style spice jar labels. Or the Container Store carries pre-printed labels.

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10. GARNERA 2 tiered Serving Stand

Color: White
Size: 11 1/2″ dia x 13″ H

Here’s your counter top secret weapon. What do you do with fruit and avocados when you bring them home from the store? I found having a 2 tier stand like this is perfect to ripen fruit and display it until it gets eaten!

Takes up very little space on your counter.

Plus it can multi-task. Having a party? The GARNERA stand can double to display your cupcakes or holiday cookies!

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11. TORNVIKEN

Color: White Base with Oak Veneer Top
Size: 49 3/8″ x 30 3/8″ OR 28 3/8 x 20 1/2″

The ultimate weapon when organizing your kitchen is more storage space. This classic looking island not only has handy shelves on one side but a space to pull up a couple of counter stools on the other. Or so it appears from the photo. The description is lacking details.

Not a budget buy, but wouldn’t this make a huge difference to any kitchen. More counter space and more storage. What’s not to love?

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12. BOYSENBAR Plant Pot

Color: Gray Concrete Finish
4 Sizes

You’re probably wondering, what’s she talking about. A plant pot? The sneaky hack here is using a nice heavy weight pot like this one as counter top storage for your kitchen utensils. I swear by it.

I have one next to the stove top and all my spatulas, whisks and wooden spoons go in there. They’re handy for cooking and don’t hog valuable drawer space.

A heavy weight canister or pot holds utensils securely and doesn’t tip over. You could use any pottery or heavy glass container but this one is cheap and farmhousy!

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13. RASKOG Utility Cart

Color: White, gray-green or black

When you just don’t have the cabinet space, but you still need overflow storage, a handy utility cart may be just the solution. This three tiered cart comes with rolling wheels to move in an out of a pantry or from under an island or bar space. I see it stocked with bottles, you know the kind that are too tall to fit in your cabinets?

Turn it into rolling wine storage;  stash your spices, oils and condiments or tuck your small appliances out of the way. I have a feeling you’ll find a use for it!

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14. OBSERVATOR

Clip On Under Shelf Basket

Color: Powder coated steel in Gray-Brown Finish

One more space stretcher. This handy basket can go in your pantry, under your cabinet shelves or anywhere you have a shelf that’s 3/4″ thick. Use it to store loose bags of snacks, mixes or dips. Or as shown, keep your vegetables and fruit out of the fridge and off the counter.

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There you go. The kitchen organizers you need right now from IKEA.

Head off to your nearest IKEA to browse or if you don’t have a store near you, hop online and shop there. Be sure to check “available in store” to avoid disappointment. I learned this lesson the hard way 😉