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Organizing Pots and Pans

With their various shapes and sizes, pots and pans can be difficult to organize. Getting your pots and pans organized will speed up cooking and keep your cabinets usable. This is a guide about organizing pots and pans.

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August 17, 2015 Flag
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After years of struggling with my pot lids, trying to find the correct one, I used an old office file rack to organize them. It's great! They don't get lost in my cavernous cabinet and I always find the correct lid easily now. Plus it sure looks better than what I used to do!

lids in file rackUse Office File Rack for Your Pot Lids

May 27, 2011 Flag
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I hate looking for things in a crowded cupboard. I fought "lids" for years. One day, I put a drawer silverware holder in the cupboard and simply placed my griddles and lids sideways in the divisions and have had no problems with them sliding around since then.

November 20, 2004 Flag
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To keep my lids to my pans organized, I purchased a wire dish drainer and placed it in the cupboard beside my pans. I slide the lids in the slots the same you would do for plates and I no longer waste time and cause a lot of racket looking for the right lid. If some lids are too thick to fit into a slot you can remove the wire that holds the lids/plates into place to make it wider.

By Tammy R.


January 31, 2006 Flag
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I found an old ladder at an antique store for $5. I painted it and hung it from hooks on the ceiling in the kitchen. I purchased screw-in hooks and put them on the rungs of the ladder and on the outside to hang pots, pans, and other kitchen items. Very inexpensive pots and pans organizer with country charm.

By BarwickJ from Ottumwa, IA

February 1, 2011 Flag
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Put bubble wrap between your pots and pans to protect them from scratching each other.

By Kadi from Weehawken, NJ

Bubble Wrap to Protect Stacked Pots

May 26, 2005 Flag
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Would any of you happen to have some ideas on how to organize the pots and pans in my cabinets? The pots and pans just get thrown in the cabinet, where ever they can fit, and it is an absolute wreck down there! If anyone has some solutions or tips for my problem I'd really appreciate it!

Jordan from Arkansas

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July 1, 20040 found this helpful

I also have a small kitchen and have had to learn to be creative. I have turned my skillets and griddle up on their side. I also keep my lids on their side. This has freed up room for my large pots and I fit as many inside of each other as possible.

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May 26, 20050 found this helpful

Help! Does anyone have any tips for organizing all of my pots and skillets that are in my kitchen? My kitchen is small, not much cabinet space but my cabinets are getting horribly messy! Thanks for the suggestions.


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May 26, 20050 found this helpful

A wire rack that's used for holding file folders upright can also be used for pot lids, cutting boards, cookie sheets, etc.

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May 27, 20050 found this helpful

My Mom has heavy-duty hooks screwed into the upper window casement of the window above her sink. So her skillets now hang in the window, out of the way, using previously unused space. This frees up a lot of space in her cabinets and the skillets are easy to get to when she needs them.

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June 5, 2007 Flag
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I need help organizing my pots and pan lids. I bought a lid organizer from Target but some of the wires are too close together to fit the lids in. Do you have any suggestions? This site is very helpful.

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June 7, 20070 found this helpful

I use an ordinary dish pan to store all my lids in after having the same problem. It has worked well for many years now. I use a standing pan file for my cookie sheets, muffin pans, and other flat things.

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June 7, 20070 found this helpful

I do same thing as LaVa does! Use the drawer under

oven, my plastic lids I put in plastic open boxes

and pull out to search.

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June 9, 20070 found this helpful

I keep mine in a two tiered file cabinet wire basket from the Container Store. Looks like a file cabinet but with wire sides. I have the largest drawers on the top and the bottom. All lids, including my 6 qt. pressure cooker, fit nicely in there.

I have included a picture from the Container Store web site. It shows 3 drawers in the unit.

We've had this since approx. 1985 and it's still functioning well. It's placed inside a cabinet.

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August 19, 20070 found this helpful

I am by nature a very stingy (frugal if you will) person who would never spend a dime unless absolutely necessary. I keep lids, cookie sheets, a cutting board and a microwave bacon rack in an ancient dish drainer which is no longer needed for dishes. Silver racks from old dishwashers make good storage in the garage for small garden implements.

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July 7, 2008 Flag
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I like my pots and pans hanging so they aren't banging around, but I don't like looking at them. I also have a low budget. So I placed large cup hooks inside my cabinets.

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January 4, 2005 Flag
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When trying to decide how to handle all the lids and bowls, pots and pans, always group by shapes. You will get more storage that way and a lot less hassle and mess.

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