5 Tips for Organizing Your Pots and Pans
Because you can cook a lot faster when you know where your tools are.
Today’s goal: turn a jumble of pots and pans into an accessible stockpile. Neat Method’s Brooke Nieman and Lisa Ruff show us how:
1. Store Strategically
Designate a space for cookware as close to the stove as possible so you’re not running across the kitchen to retrieve supplies. Keep pots and pans in lower cabinets, saving upper areas for smaller items that will be easier to find at eye level.
2. Put a Lid on It
If your space allows, store pots and pans with their lids to avoid spending time tracking down the proper mate. Otherwise nest small pots inside larger ones (never more than three to a stack) and use a rack to arrange lids vertically by size.
To buy: Bamboo wood plate rack, $9; organizeit.com.
3. Protect the Finish
Preserve the nonstick coating on nested cookware by placing felt or silicone pads between each pan.
To buy: Pan and dish protector, $24 for 3; amazon.com.
4. Slide out Supplies
Install pullout drawers in lower cabinets for quick access to heavy pots and pans toward the back. Stash measuring cups and mixing bowls nearby.
To buy: Rev-A-Shelf pullout drawer (shown), $263, or wire basket, from $50; homedepot.com.
5. Create Storage
If cabinet space is scarce, consider using a pot rack, pegboard, or rolling kitchen cart to keep cookware at the ready.