Get a Handle on Organizing Pots and Pans

Cookware can take up a lot of space in your kitchen. Are there options to organize pots and pans in your kitchen? Every kitchen is different, but some of these ideas might work for you.

Get a Handle on Organizing Pots and Pans

Most people put their pots and pans in a cabinet, case closed. Or, in some cases, drawer closed.

Get a Handle on Organizing Pots and Pans

Or maybe, oven closed, I should say. Fact: it’s a lot harder to cook if you have to empty out the oven before you begin. It’s crazy that I don’t have a photo of pots and pans in an oven. It’s rare that houses I work in don’t have that going on. I just never thought to snap a pic!

Are pots and pans above a kitchen island using pot racks and hangers still fashionable? This this solution best suited for larger kitchens with ample lighting. If the hanging pots are in between the light source and the work areas, you can lose a lot of light, which makes the space look dingy. Hanging pots from an open rack also contributes to the feeling of a kitchen feeling cluttered. You can counteract a certain amount of this by keeping all the pots the same brand and style, and also by keeping them spotless, but that may not be realistic for most families. Take a look below. Yes, that’s the exact same kitchen, but much more open without the pots hanging.

Pot rack or no pot rack for the kitchen_

 

 

Homeowners can also make modifications to their existing cabinets/pantries) to better
organize/stack pots and pans? Roll out shelves are an easy DIY project that can nearly double the amount of useable space.

pull out shelf organizes up to 100 pounds

Have a heavy pan or appliance? Reset your shelves so those items have their own shelf space with exactly enough space, and not an inch more, preferably at waist high or lower, making it easier to get them in and out of storage.

organizing kitchen pots and pans and appliances

This homeowner painted a hardware store pegboard and used the one wall in her tiny kitchen to store all of her pots. This looks organized because the color creates a natural frame for the pots, and the pots themselves are organized and all facing the same direction.

pots and pans on pegboard

Storing pots and pans in a Lazy-Susan has got to be my least favorite option. The handles always seems to go wonky, making it hard to turn, and really, it’s like a puzzle to get them to behave. I enjoy the challenge, but other people probably won’t stack and spread the items around like you and I would. If you do go with this option, consider labeling each spot so other people know right where those pots and pans go.

storing pots and pans in a kitchen (5)

Not only did we label which pans and skillets go where, we even included a label to remind people to “turn handles to the right.” Did it help? Sometimes.

storing pots and pans in a kitchen (4)

If you do need to stack pots and pans, keep in mind my 2×2 rule for organizing…only stack 2 items high and 2 items deep. More than that, and those items in the back and the bottom will never get used. To stack and organize pots and pans without scratching them, separate them with layers of felt, or with felt protectors for pots and pans like these. (You can also use coffee filters to separate dishes.)

Not only pots, but lids are troublesome to organize. There are plenty of solutions for segregating lids and storing them in a cabinet. I like this slim, slide out lid organizer.

Want the ultimate pot and lid solution? If you are ready for an upgrade to your pots and pans, check out the Calphalon Premier Space Saving Nonstick set. The flat glass lids create a natural platform to stack another pot with lid on top. The secret is in the notched handles and thoughtful design.


There you have it. Just a few ideas for organizing your pots and pans. Are you making progress in your kitchen organizing project this week? Check out all the articles this month to keep motivated to make the changes YOU want to see.

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. KAREN H SOTO

    Hi Darla! Love your blog, but honestly, the very light grey font on white is SOOOO hard for me to read (guess it’s my 58 year old eyes!) A darker color would be helpful – more contrast for us baby boomers! lol thanks for your awesome tips and advice!

    1. Darla

      Thanks for mentioning it. I’m still tweaking the new design of the blog, and had been meaning to make that text darker. Just for you, I took care of it today. Thanks a bunch!

      1. KAREN H SOTO

        Thank you! Also, I have another question-you said to use the 2×2 rule for organizing…only stack 2 items high and 2 items deep but in the photos esp the lazy susan one the pans are stacked 4- 6 items deep. Is it just that there was no other space to stack them 2×2?

  2. Deb Gallagher

    Hi Darla!!
    I enjoy your suggestions however, like MANY other (not just yours), every suggestion I love is being shown in up to date, much newer cabinetry. I WOULD LOVE to have nice deep drawers and much wider cabinet space. A kitchen remodeling job isn’t happening any time soon. That’s when I’ll get my dream kitchen. For now I’ll have to adjust to having an inferior kitchen, but keep those ideas coming!

    1. Darla

      Hey, Deb, thanks for stopping by. I’ll take that as a huge compliment that you think all these kitchens are new. In fact, most of them are at least 20-30 years old. It just goes to show what you can do with a small budget and a lot of imagination. The first step to any redesign (especially if you aren’t able to do any construction) is to organize your space really well. I always want you to get organized using what you already have, which will open up ideas for small tweaks that can make a big difference, like the roll-out shelves in this article. Take a look at this post, and see if it gives you some ideas on what you can do in your older kitchen to love it even more: https://heartworkorg.com/2018/01/11/how-to-get-organized-using-what-you-have/ And if you mentally just can get past the way things are right now, hire a professional organizer with design skills to help you re-imagine your space for a big bang for your buck.

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