Obsessed with Marie Kondo? You Need These IKEA Hacks

published Apr 26, 2019
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Marie Kondo’s tidying-up revolution shows no signs of being a short-lived trend. Deep down, we all want to lead more thoughtful lives—and who can blame us for believing organizational nirvana will get us there? After all, who wouldn’t be calm inside a perfectly color-coded pantry or if you found that lucky tee the first time you opened your closet?

Finding custom solutions that work perfectly for your space can be expensive. So we’re turning to the place where all good hacks start: IKEA. See how these basic pieces can become powerhouse organizational systems.

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Fran worked her DIY magic to turn two cheap, basic HEJNE shelves into a modern wall organizer. Now the shelf slats work overtime, allowing for hooks, clips, and even more shelves.

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Stuff always seems to pile on nightstands, but now you can organize everything out of sight. Jackie’s headboard storage hack is a thing of brilliance, and the roomy cabinets are perfect for extra blankets or the book of the month. (This would also be a great solution if you don’t have floor space for a traditional bedside table.)

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Consider looking at your organizational problems from a new angle. This DIY diagonal drawer organizer lets you optimize your kitchen and easily store your cooking utensils with oversized handles or cumbersome shapes.

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Ashley’s entire office got the IKEA hack treatment when she decided her one filing cabinet no longer fit the bill. She utilized two BESTA units to store everything from papers—she discovered that a standard, free-standing file unit is the perfect height for a BESTA drawer—to camera gear.

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This hack comes straight from the big, blue giant. Put that extra space under your bed to work with a modified VEDDINGE kitchen cabinet door to keep your shoes organized.

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I gasped out loud when I saw Jen’s hack: It’s so smart, simple, and needed. A lot of dresser drawer dividers are just too dang short, especially when you switch to file folding. Her cheap custom dividers will hold up for years—and blend perfectly with that IKEA closet white.

One of the best tools for hidden organization is hinges. Lisa leverages a NISSEDAL mirror (that comes with mounting hinges) and Command hooks to create a hidden jewelry system.