11 Better Ways to Organize Your Pots and Pans
Pots, pans, and lids are some of the hardest pieces of kitchen equipment to handle. They’re big and bulky, but often used, so you have to find a lot of easily-accessible space for them. Here, see how to keep everything tidy and make use of some extra kitchen square footage while you’re at it.
Stick a hook anywhere
Peel-and-stick 3M Command hooks can transform wasted space into open-air storage. Use them in awkward nooks, like between the kitchen cabinet and the wall.
Tackle the tops
It doesn’t help if you have a beautifully organized cabinet of pots, but a jumbled mess of lids. The wall-mounted organizer will let you see all the variety of lid sizes at once.
Flip the lid
Or, if you’re just looking for a quick way to keep a stack of pots neat, keep the lids on your pots while they’re in your cabinet — but flip them upside-down, so the handle sticks inside the pot. Not only will you eliminate the need to search for the right-size lid, you’ll have a flatter, smoother surface where you can stack the next pot.
Use a pegboard
A bare, blank wall gets a stylish (and functional!) upgrade with a pegboard. Hang your pots and pans from hooks and outline them in chalk so you never forget where each item lives.
Try a towel bar
Don’t let the side of your cabinet go to waste: Install a short rail to magically turn the empty space into storage. Since the bar probably won’t hold your entire collection, opt to hang the items you use most often — or the prettiest ones.
Divide a deep drawer
Add 1/4-inch pieces of plywood to your deepest drawer to create cubbies for all of your pots and pans — and avoid epic stacking fails.
Install a roll-out organizer
You never have to dig under the top of a cabinet to find what you’re looking for. Sauce pans go on top, while bigger pieces go below.
Decorate your backsplash
If you have a tall backsplash, affix a pegboard to hang pots and pans above your counter. This way, they’ll be easy to reach, and if you have a colorful collection it’ll double as art.
Hang ’em in your pantry
If you have a walk-in pantry (lucky you), make the most of the back wall by hanging your bulky kitchen accessories on it — now items are quick to find, use, and store.
Embrace an open wire rack
Since now you don’t have to deal with doors or sides of cabinets — you can pull out your go-to scrambled eggs pan without any obstacles.
Use a rail (or two)
The wall next to your stove doesn’t have to stay blank: Use two rails and S-hooks to hang pots and pans, and store lids safely between the rails and the walls.