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Genius Ikea Kitchen Hacks that Make Healthy Cooking Easier

When you sit down at a clean, organized desk, doesn’t it make you feel like you’re about to conquer the world (or at least your to-do list)?

These Ikea kitchen hacks will give you that same feeling—just in relation to healthy cooking.

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The truth is, if you’re trying to make more nutritious meals on a daily basis, it’s really going to help to have your space to set up for success. You don’t want to come home revved up to make Thai Zucchini Noodles with Pan-Roasted Halibut only to get hung up on the fact that you can’t find any of the spices you need or that you’re going to have to move 15 other appliances in order to get your Spiralizer out.

And by tapping Ikea, you know you won’t break the bank (so you can spend more of your hard-earned dollars on organic veggies, naturally).

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Here are five super affordable Ikea kitchen hacks that will help you get organized for more fast, fresh, stress-free meals.

5 Genius Ikea Kitchen Hacks

1. Organize your spices and seeds.

You want the spices and seeds that you use the most often ready and within reach at all times. Use Rajtan glass jars to store them on your counter or a close shelf. They’re simple and sleek and will match any kitchen decor. You can also premix spices you use as blends and store them in the jars, like a curry blend or a taco seasoning.

2. Put potted herbs in a wine rack.

This blogger came up with a genius way to use the Vurm wine rack. Pot fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, and parsley in pint glasses and stick them in the rack for an easy indoor herb garden that takes up no space at all. Better yet, buy one rack for your red wine and one for herbs…they’re both great sources of antioxidants.

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3. Use bins in your fridge.

Pluggis bins are made for recycling, but you can also use them to organize your fridge in ways that make it easy to find things. Put all of your condiments in one, for instance, or give breakfast foods like eggs, yogurt, and berries their own box. As you can see from this blogger’s tutorial, it makes your fridge look prettier, too.

4. Hang up your fruits and veggies.

Fruit bowls take up lots of counter space, but there’s plenty of produce—like bananas, apples, and tomatoes—that should really stay out rather than going in the fridge. Solution: Use the Fintorp collection of rails, hooks, and bins to hang your produce on the wall, like one blogger did, here. You can also hang a rail near your stove and put cooking tools like your go-to spatula and whisk in the Utensil Holder for easy access.

5. Put your cookbooks on a shelf, and hang your pot holders.

This wall shelf with hooks may look more like an item made for hanging coats by the door, but put it on a kitchen wall near the stove and it’s super useful. Your favorite cookbooks can lean on the shelf for both access and decor (or you could stock a row of spices there). Then, hang dish towels and pot holders from the hooks, so you don’t have to be rummaging through drawers while paying attention to multiple pots.

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