30 IKEA Hacks That’ll Keep You Organized

For many of us, 2018 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2019! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January and February for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.

Our favorite saying in January, “New year, new you,” applies to your home too. If it’s time to refresh your overcrowded vanity (makeup addicts, we’re looking at you) or if you’re searching for new storage space for your heaps of designer shoes, as always, IKEA hacks are here to save the day. Seriously, what’s better than furniture that doesn’t break the bank? Get ready to say so long to your tired old bedroom and storage spaces that are less than ideal and hello to a new way of living with these IKEA hacks that will reorganize your life in a snap.

1. DIY IKEA Desk Hack: This stylish (and sturdy) desk is the creative blending of many different IKEA parts. You can even customize the table legs and drawers! (via Lovely Indeed)

2. DIY IKEA Hack Floating Shelves Color Block: If you love floating shelves and want to try a variation on white, then you’ll love this simple hack that shows just a little contact paper goes a long way. (via A Bubbly Life)

3. DIY Geometric Pinboards: Sure, you use your phone to keep track of important dates and meetings, but there’s really nothing quite like a paper to-do list. And why not pin it to something eye-catching like this colorful (and easy-to-make) geometric pinboard!? (via Enthralling Gumption)

4. DIY IKEA Ribbon Organizer Hack: Ribbons stay organized with this handy project that’ll keep the knots away and let you flawlessly get your gift wrap on. (via Heathered Nest)

5. IKEA Mail Rack: Avoid eyesores on your console table by setting mail cubbies in place. This system is ideal for separating magazines, bills, and all the lovely little invites you’re sure to get throughout the year. (via IKEA)

6. DIY Bathroom Storage: Live every day like you’re on vacation. Bring those beach house vibes to your bathroom by adding understated nautical accents to an IKEA nightstand. (via Emily Henderson)

7. IKEA VARIERA Hack: Looking for an easy way to stash all of those pesky but oh-so-necessary cleaning supplies? Bring order to your chaotic cleaning closet by adding these crisp caddies. (via IKEA)

8. DIY IKEA Hack Floating Credenza: A floating sideboard is as good as it gets when you’re working with a small floor plan. The piece takes on a custom, high-end vibe with some natural wood elements. (via Sugar & Cloth)

9. Painted IKEA Basket: You may only be painting this basket, but it makes a world of difference when you’re trying to infuse your space with color. With the ability to create custom patterns with the paint, you have a unique piece on hand. (via Tell Love and Party)

10. IKEA Plant Drawers: While you’re not organizing your books or knick-knacks, you are creating an efficient and stylish home for your plants. Just make sure you waterproof them well. (via DIY in PDX)

11. IKEA Cabinet Dresser Hack: Sure, IKEA sells dressers, but by combining cabinets with custom legs and a marble top, you can design a piece that fits your exact needs without breaking the bank. (via DesignLovefest)

12. IKEA EKBY LERBERG Closet Hack: Here’s a space-saving closet solution for those of you with too many clothes. Flip some shelf brackets upside down, and voilà! (via IKEA)

13. Colorful IKEA Socker Herb Garden: The power of paint is undeniable when it comes to brightening up your indoor garden. Color-code your buckets for easy reference, or just for looks. (via A Beautiful Mess)

14. IKEA FINTORP Entryway Organizer: You really don’t need to use most pieces for their intended purpose. This knife rack doubles as a slim-profile entryway system with the help of magnets. Get yourself some easy organization with this project. (via IKEA)

15. IKEA RAST Secretary Desk Hack: When you’re in a small space, carving out an office area isn’t always easy. A converted dresser with faux cabinet fronts makes an ideal desk that can be easily hidden away when you’re not using it. (via In My Own Style)

16. IKEA Couch Upgrade: You get a double whammy — this is also an Anthro hack! (via Brit + Co)

17. Rolling Sideboard Hack: Turn any old desk or makeup table into a piece of custom furniture with contact paper. (via PMQ for two)

18. DIY Cat Hammock: Take a piece from “cool” to “aww!” with a side table upcycle that your feline friend will love. (via IKEA)

19. DIY IVAR Dresser Makeover: Getting the desired MCM look on a budget is totally doable — with the right hardware, of course. (via Brit + Co)

20. DOCKSTA Table Hack: You can turn any table into a budget-friendly showstopper with a sturdy base. (via A Beautiful Mess)

21. DIY BESTA TV Stand With Wood Top: A wood top will bring more character *and* help you get a little extra mileage out of this dependable setup. (via Dans Le Lake house)

22. IKEA Hack Placemats: Cork is one of those materials that keeps on giving, and with a little paint, these will give your tablescapes a modern upgrade. (via Blissmakes)

23. DIY Cat Hangout: Tired of finding your cat in the fruit bowl? Build them a little nest in the sky. (via IKEA)

24. Mid-Century Modern IKEA Play Kitchen Hack: Kids need stylishly upgraded furniture finds too. A little paint goes a long way toward spiffing up this toy. (via A Beautiful Mess)

25. DIY LEGO Table: Any parents who are tired of stepping on stray LEGO pieces will want to build one of these. (via Erin Spain)

26. IKEA Bed Slat Organizer: Using your old bed pieces for storage is kind of ingenious and also a genius way to keep clutter off your floor. (via Brit + Co)

27. DIY Faux Card Catalog: A vintage-looking catalog fits with any style: MCM, boho, farmhouse, and traditional. (via Love & Renovations)

28. DIY Rolling Kitchen Island: A table that rolls away for easy access is just what you need in your teeny-tiny apartment. (via Club Crafted)

29. DIY Bone Inlay IKEA Dresser: This stenciled beauty gives new life to an old and trusted dresser. (via PMQ for two)

30. DIY Pendant Light from a Wood Bowl: Custom lighting ain’t cheap, and when it looks this good, people will be asking you where you got it. (via Make + Tell)

Find more tips and tricks for staying organized in the new year on our Pinterest.

(Additional reporting by Ariel Garneau)