The 10 Best IKEA Products for Getting Organized in the New Year

published Jan 2, 2021
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Let’s face it, after a year like 2020—coupled with holiday season stress—parts of your household probably feel like they’re unraveling. Your kitchen? Likely jammed with seasonal baking essentials. Your dining room/office/craft space? Probably cluttered with paperwork and art projects. Your living room? A chaotic scene of throws, electronics, and games strewn about.

While a gut reno or total room overhaul may be the dream, these are major, often super pricey, endeavors. Organization, however, is a much more manageable, cost-effective focus for the new year if you find the right solutions for every room of your home. And right now, IKEA’s new arrivals section is chock-full of these kinds of finds. Here are my top ten picks, starting at a mere $1.49.  

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1. Hanging Jute Basket

Change up the look—and max out the storage potential—of your wall-mounted hookrail or a single hook with a hanging jute basket. It’s the perfect catchall for masks, keys, and colder weather accessories.

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2. Metal Desk Organizer

Corral small essentials like hair elastics or cotton swabs with this sleek organizer set. You could even store tea bags, coffee grounds, or loose spices inside the closed tins in your kitchen this way.

Buy: ANILINARE Desk Organizer, $4.99

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3. Storage Cabinet

This slim cabinet can slip into those tight spots to store everything from linens and books to serving accessories. The EKET series is also very hackable, too, if you want something a little more vibrant than just a plain white frame and doors.

Buy: EKET Storage Combination With Legs, $95.00

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4. Storage Baskets With Lids

These decorative baskets, which are handcrafted by artisans, will add interest to any flat surface, bookcase, or shelf. Bonus: They’re lidded to keep whatever you store inside secure and out of sight.

Buy: ANILINARE Storage Box With Lid, $24.99/Set of 2

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5. Black Hooks

Decor enthusiasts know how hard it can be to find a sleek hook. This clean, minimal matte black design goes with any style and is the ideal size for draping towels, hanging a tote or robe, or even storing necklaces.

Buy: SKOGSVIKEN Hook, $1.49/2-Pack

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6. Rattan Magazine Stand

For a trendy throwback touch to your living room, reading nook, or bedroom, this hand-woven rattan magazine stand is perfect for stashing all your favorite titles. You could also probably use it for record storage as well.

Buy: BUSKBO Magazine Rattan Stand, $19.99

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7. Storage Boxes With Lids

Add some color—and personality!—to built-ins, a bookcase, or a desk with these colorful lidded boxes. They’re a stylish way to store paperwork, memorabilia, or gift-wrapping essentials. You can even use them as gift boxes and nix wrapping altogether!

Buy: DEKORERA Box With Lid, $7.99/Set of 3

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8. Wall-Mounted Storage Unit

Make use of dead wall space with this organizational unit, which can be configured in many ways to accommodate any area. Not only will it help declutter floors and surfaces, but it also serves as a work of art, boasting a pop of color and shelf stying opportunities to boot.

Buy: EKET Wall-Mounted Storage Combination, $100.00

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9. Basket With Handles

Sleek yet rustic, this bamboo basket is a modern way to store everything from toys and towels to dinner napkins. Leave one near your staircase, so you return things from upstairs to their designated places downstairs and vice-versa.

Buy: LUSTIGKERRE Basket With Handles, $14.99

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10. Natural Plywood Letter Tray

Get a handle on scattered paperwork and mail with this natural plywood letter tray, whether you put it on a desk, counter, or in an improvised work-from-home nook. DIYers, feel to customize the finish with paint or turn yours into a fun art project for kids to decorate.

Buy: KLÄMMEMACKA Letter Tray, $12.99