Following professional organizers on Instagram does a lot for your motivation and general enthusiasm for overhauling your messy kitchen (hello Mandy Moore's Home-Edit-designed pantry). But you'll soon find yourself a few steps in, wondering how the hell anyone can afford to buy 25 acrylic boxes (they're plastic; so why are they so expensive?) to fill a shelf with artfully arranged San Pellegrino.
Just like with all things related to decorating your home: When you can't afford what the pros use, you can usually find a suitable, affordable and arguably better solution at IKEA instead. So we rounded up a list of the best finds from our favorite Swedish retailer for organizing your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Whether you have $1 to spend or $100, here are some sure bets:
VARIERA shelf insert, $5.99
Stack these double high and it's like you have three times the cabinet space.
VARIERA pot lid organizer, $6.99
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and pot lids are my enemy.
VARIERA utensil/knife tray, $21.99
The knife block part of this insert will keep your cutters in top shape.
Even if you're lucky enough to have a hundred drawers, you can wrangle them all for a buck a piece.
If you have more drawers than cabinets, getting your spices into this rack will help you make the most of your situation and see everything at a glance.
UTRUSTA partition, $4.99 for 2
For cutting boards, cookie sheets and anything else that's currently stacked taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
If you've got the space, hiding your recyling bin inside the cabinet is a seriously little luxury.
For anyone who's serious enough about their cleaning to need a whole rack to organize their gear.
The unsung hero of every kitchen, ever. If you don't have one, get one, and mount it to the inside of your cabinet doors.
If you have a corner cabinet and want to, you know, use the whole thing.
This is the upper-cabinet version of the carousel above.
UTRUSTA wire basket, $23
Install one of these slide-out baskets to your cabinets and you'll gain not only extra storage space, but also the satisfaction of having drawers on the bottom of your cabinets. (Life-changing!)
VARIERA plate holder, $9.99
These racks keep your plates stacked pretty, and look great in a drawer, cabinet, on an open shelf or even right out on the counter. How's that for making use of every inch?