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Published on July 30th, 2016 | by Jules Yap


How I use METOD interior organisers to keep my kitchen clutter free

After revealing my new IKEA METOD kitchen, I received a few questions on the METOD interior organisers. Yes, I so want to talk about kitchen organisation because it’s my raison d’être for getting a METOD kitchen. Besides the flexibility of the cabinets and all, it’s the interior organisers and accessories that make the IKEA METOD kitchen a winner.

Here are a few ways I use the amazing organisers to keep my kitchen flowing and sorted.

1. Keep them together yet apart

I bought a few STÖDJA cutlery trays. They are only 60 cm wide and my drawers are 80 cm. I cut one up to fit the balance 20 cm in width. Use a penknife and carefully slice through. The first one, I used a pair of scissors but the plastic is tough and it’s hard to get a straight cut.

STODJA to organise the dining utensils

In the photo below (top drawer), you’ll see that I have the VARIERA knife tray (fits all 7 of my knives, including one butcher knife. It’s snug though. 5 – 6 knives would be best) and insert for spice jars (fits 10 McCormick spice bottles nicely) flanking the sides of the STÖDJA.

STODJA cutlery trays to organise cooking utensils

2. Let them stand instead of stack

I used to stack all my bowls and plates. Getting one from the bottom of the stack was always such a pain.

Don't stack your bowls. There's a better way

Stacked up – before

I salvaged my old GRUNDTAL dish drainer from my old kitchen and used it to line up my bowls and flatware, which makes it way easier to get a particular plate. I do still have some odd bowls that don’t fit onto the dish drainer but the stack is way shorter now. So relatively painless.

GRUNDTAL dish drainer to sort flatware

Lined up – after

That’s a VARIERA Storage Box at the end, which is super handy for large oven dishes, trays and chopping boards.

3. Categorise your organisation

To keep things organised and help me remember where everything is, I categorise my cabinets. For instance, I have 3 cabinets for my cleaning tools and detergent (under my sink and next to the washing machine). A pull-out and 2 drawers for cooking sauces, condiments and utensils (under and next to my hob), a cabinet for food stuff (next to my fridge) and 2 drawers in my kitchen island for things I need to set the table.

Pull-out wire basket

To corral them, I use containers like VARIERA boxes. It’s easier to gather the supplies I normally use together in one box. Just lift the box out of the drawer and bam, ready to roll.

Small Variera boxes to hold odds and ends

4. Hide them

Very few of my kitchen appliances look good enough to display on the countertop so I hide them all in my corner cabinet carousel. In there, I stash my 15” wok, 5-piece cookware set, a colander, a stock pot, a small claypot, a crock pot, a thermal pot, a blender, a double boiler, a rice cooker, pestle and mortar. That’s a lot of stuff for a tiny 3’x3’ corner! I wish I had space for the larger carousel with the pull-out fitting. That would be sweet.

Corner cabinet carousel for my appliances

On the bi-fold doors, I stuck on 3M Command Hooks to hang a tea towel and a STINN silicone oven mitt (which is better than any cloth mitt. Seriously better).

And for things that are really not pretty, load them into good looking boxes and containers. For seldom-used items like cables, ribbon odds and ends, I covered an old box with wrapping paper and labelled it.

IKEA kitchen organisation - labelling

5. Return to its place

It’s easy to stay organised when there is a place for everything. The most important step in staying organised is to place everywhere back where they belong after you’ve used it.

And that’s it. From an old awkward kitchen to an organised, practical kitchen.

Follow my kitchen makeover journey:

Post 1: My previous 16-year old kitchen
Post 2: My kitchen planning process and tips on using the IKEA Home Planner
Post 3: My METOD Command Centre
Post 4: My new IKEA METOD Kitchen – Reveal!

Visit this page for more information on the IKEA METOD kitchen.

Disclosure: IKEA Malaysia is the sponsor of my new METOD kitchen. However, my experience and views on the IKEA METOD range are entirely my own.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

4 Responses to How I use METOD interior organisers to keep my kitchen clutter free

  1. Gem says:

    Wow! I love this metod. Comgratulations, isn’t easy. Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Lindsey Hill says:

    We all know that kitchen is the heart of the home and you have shared great ideas here. I enjoyed it and found really informative. I’ll definitely use these ideas.

  3. Stella says:

    Congratulations, it’s a big puzzle to store everything.
    My sister dreamed years after years of a pull-out, here called apothecary-cabinet. kea’s pull-out looks rather wobbly. I wonder if some Ikeahackers know how to steady it.

  4. Katie says:

    I’m moving house soon and I am obsessed with storage! (Especially kitchen storage) My partner believes that as long as you can’t see it, it’s tidy! But NO, I love organised drawers and cupboards, this gives me a sense of calm.

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