Accessories icecubetray

Published on May 7th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


tray desk organizer

not quite a hack but it’s a nice desk organizer idea from diana.


“so, i don’t know if this is considered an ikea hack. but recently there was a growing mess of papers and knick knacks on the tray in our hallway where we keep our keys and such. i got the idea to use the ikea plastis ice cube tray to organize our things and it made all the difference. what once was a totally unintelligible pile of receipts and coupons and note pads is now easily accessible and organized.”

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to tray desk organizer

  1. Jessie Piester says:

    I have a similar IKEA tray that makes small, triangular ice “cubes” and have found it worthless, as well — so worthless that when the prior occupant moved, she left it behind!
    Perhaps useful as a coin tray, to separate denominations? Or to sort color-coded paper clips? Or to keep matching earrings together?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think this deserves to be regarded as a hack. I don’t see why you actually have to cut into something (or disassemble it) in order to ‘hack’ it. Can’t you just see it in a totally new context? Turn it upside down and call it a lampshade, for instance?

  3. cate says:

    Was not sure how I felt about this until I envisioned it in my car dashboard with another one for change. I figure I’ll anchor them with velcro. Thanks! Cate

  4. Tine says:

    This is a wonderful tip! I have one of these icecube-trays, and I have found it totally useless -until now!

  5. feli says:

    Thanks for the fantastic idea.

  6. ashley says:

    This is a great idea!

  7. KC says:

    Now that’s a useful tip for an otherwise useless item… I bought this exact same Ikea ice cube tray last summer, thinking it would be great for tall drinks (almost like an ice cube stir stick). However, I found the limpness of the silicone to be too flimsy – it would spill whenever I filled it up with water. I ended up having to use a plate underneath the ice cube tray. Eventually, the ice cube tray was relegated to the back of the cupboard – now I can dig it back out to sort my receipts! Great tip, thanks!

  8. Tru says:

    Oops, I have two of those in my garage sale pile… guess they’re coming out now!

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