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Whether metal, glass, or plastic, lids can be a challenge to keep organized and easy to find. This is a page about organizing lids.


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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.

By lindalagringa from Hemet, CA

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May 8, 2014

I have many glass lids. In order to save room, I cut a dish drainer in half, just big enough to fit in my cupboard and line my glass lids up in the slots. This way I can stack my glass bowls and save lots of room. I also have extra lids to cover all sizes of plates with. I pick up these mismatched lids at garage sales.

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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.


By LaVa (Guest Post)
June 6, 20070 found this helpful

I've never use a lid organizer, but I will share what I do with the lids to all my pots and pans. My oven has a drawer on the bottom. It's not a broiler, it's just a storage drawer. All pot lids go in that drawer, that way I don't have to try to stack them with the pots or with each other.


They're easy to find with minimal hassle. I do a similar thing for lids to plastic containers. Keep them in a cabinet drawer relatively close to the cabinet where I store the bottoms.

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June 7, 20070 found this helpful

I organize mine in an old dish drainer.

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June 7, 20070 found this helpful

I had alot of odds and ends pots, pans and lids. I thought I couldnt do without all of them. When we moved I got rid of alot of them along with many kitchen gagets that was collected through out the years. I went through them all and only kept a small amount. I dont know why I kept more then we really needed all those years. But I will say the local thrift shop appricated my donations. Also.. there are alot less dishs to wash.. thats the best part lol :)

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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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August 4, 20190 found this helpful

Good idea I keep all my cookie sheet & big baking dishes in my oven drawer Gives me cabinet room I have small boxes I put my various sizes of lids in From Small Medium to Large

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