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Storage updates for a family kitchen

12 November 2016

In Annemarie’s family of six, the small kitchen often gets messy. ‘Our cupboards were full of stuff, everything was disordered,’ she says. Stylist Abigail Edwards helped turn it from chaotic to ordered. Here’s how…  

Add rails for additional storage on the walls
A portrait of stylist Abigail Edwards

‘Try breaking each area or task down into manageable to-dos that you don’t have to tackle all at once’

Abigail Edwards, stylist, UK

A gif of Annemarie’s kitchen cupboards

Before and after: chaos to calm

With extra shelves, shelf inserts, storage boxes, plate holders and clear storage jars, Annemarie’s kitchen cupboards are now much more functional and easy to use. ‘I’ve learned that a little decluttering goes a long way too,’ she says.   

Maximise your shelf space. Add storage rails to keep the work surface clear

Tips for getting your kitchen in order

1. Maximise shelf space. If you’re not using cupboard shelves to their full height, add shelves between, or inserts.
2. Think portable storage. Plate holders will save you going back and forth to the table, and boxes are great for small items.
3. Use your walls. Adding storage rails and magnetic strips helps clear counterspace while keeping essentials handy. 

Box clever Has

cut-out handles for easy carrying from shelves or drawers. The open top makes getting an overview of the contents simple. 


 Wire baskets and dish drainers are a great alternative to heavy stacks of plates – pick your favourite dish from the middle if you want! UTRUSTA wire basket 40cm [802-046-73]  


Spend less time searching through packets of food by opting for clear storage instead. The sealed lids also keep ingredients fresher for longer. Check out the KORKEN range.

A portrait of Annemarie

‘We’re really happy with the changes. They’ve made our small kitchen easier to manage’

Annemarie, The Netherlands

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Styling: Abigail Edwards
Photographer: Martin Löf
Follow Annemarie at thuisinstyling.nl