It's no secret that we love IKEA. We return to the Scandinavian retailer time and time again for its on-trend, minimalist pieces and its insanely affordable prices. (Psst, these are our favorite under-$100 IKEA finds that look expensive.) Although we frequently browse the brand's décor offerings, the arrival of spring has us scrolling through the Swedish giant's organizational categories as we prepare to channel our inner Marie Kondo. Although there are quite a few spaces that would benefit from some KonMari-style decluttering, we're starting in the kitchen.
Now to show us how to really organize a kitchen, we decided to consult the pros (aka recipe creators who spend hours navigating pantry shelves and reaching for spices every single day). We tasked some of our favorite foodies—Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest, Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen, Holly Erickson of The Modern Proper, Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeño, and Rebecca Firth of Displaced Housewife—with a particularly daunting challenge. We asked them to show us exactly how they'd organize their own kitchens with just $100 to spend at IKEA.
Trust us when we say that you're going to want to add everything these recipe creators recommended to your cart. Keep scrolling to shop these foodie-approved IKEA kitchen organization edits.
"My biggest kitchen tip is to keep a very well-stocked pantry. With a pantry that is always full, you can create incredibly delicious dinners in minutes that are effortless and still so good. These shelving units are a must in my kitchen—I have a few of them and keep things like canned items, pasta, rice, etc. on them." —Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
"I love this bin for underneath the sink to hold all of my extra paper bags or totes. Without it, it's total chaos down there." —Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen
UTVÄNDIG Decorative Tray
"A big part of kitchen organization is creating spaces that look purposeful and curated, rather than a bunch of clutter on your counter. Trays like this help create little zones. For instance, I'll fill this tray with my salt and pepper shakers, olive oil carafe, kitchen string, and garlic holder - all of my quick and easy go-tos are ready to grab." —Claire Thomas
IKEA 365+ Food Container
"In my pantry, I have dumped out every bulk item into a plastic bin and used a label maker to mark what it is. It's so helpful because I can immediately see if I'm running low on something, and having every item in the same sized bin creates tons of space efficiency." —Claire Thomas
RISATORP Wire Basket
"I can think of a million uses for these adorable wood-handled baskets—I'd definitely get a few of them to use around the kitchen. One would go under the sink to hold loose sponges and cleaning products. And it's ideal for tidying up a messy cupboard—the perfect way to contain all of my bulk bin goodies like nuts, flaked coconut, and dried fruit." —Holly Erickson of The Modern Proper
VARIERA Shelf Riser
"These shelf inserts—designed to fit inside a kitchen cupboard—are pure organizational genius. I'd buy two, and use them to create some order in my cabinets, both to free up space, and to allow me to more easily and quickly see exactly what I've got on-hand." —Holly Erickson
BEKVÄM Spice Rack
"I'm in desperate need of a few of these spice racks. They make finding the perfect blend of spices a snap, but more than that they can be used for holding all sorts of things from cookbooks to dish towels." —Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeno
RÅSKOG Utility Cart
"I love this rolling utility cart to organize everything from spices to food styling props when photographing a project. It's also great if you have friends coming over and want to fashion an impromptu bar cart." —Rebecca Firth of Displaced Housewife