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10 Organization Tips to Keep Pots and Pans From Being an Unsightly Pile

The bane of every kitchen organizer: pots and pans that just won’t stack up nicely. Here's how to keep them orderly.

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Turn cabinets to drawers

Drawers keep you from crawling on your hands and knees every time you’re searching for a pan, but no need to invest in an expensive kitchen remodel to organize your pots and pans. Simply add a pull-out shelf to your existing cabinet to transform it into a drawer that lets you access your cooking gear easily. Don’t miss these other pantry and cabinet storage ideas.

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Use a pegboard

Hang a large pegboard on an empty wall, then use hooks to let your pots and pans dangle from the wall. Pretty the board up by painting it in your kitchen’s accent color, using semi- or high-gloss paint, which are easier to clean than flatter finishes. Here are more ideas for organizing anything with pegboard.

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Put a lid on it

If you’ve got the space, store your pots with the lids on but upside-down to create a stackable surface instead of the awkward heap you’d get by piling them when open.

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Make it pretty

With attractive cookware, you can keep pots and pans hiding in plain sight instead of tucking them into hard-to-reach cabinets and drawers. Invest in some enameled pots, pans, and baking dishes in a color you love, and display them proudly on a visible shelf.

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Let them hang

Dangle pots and pans on your ceiling using hooks or a rod. You’ll get a rustic look that saves precious cabinet space for dishes, appliances, and food. These organizational tools from Amazon will help you become the neat person you’ve always longed to be.

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Add a tension rod

If you stash your pots and pans in a large drawer, keep lids from hogging space. Simply stick in a tension rod near the front of the drawer, then slip lids vertically between the rod and the drawer. They’ll stay out of the way while you’re digging out the right cookware. Keep it clean with these things organized people do every weekend.

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Divide drawers

Keep your pots and pans drawer organized by adding bars or thin pieces of plywood large enough to fit your cookware and lids vertically. Then slip in clean pans to keep them separated in a neat little “filing” system. Here are more kitchen organization ideas you wish you’d knew sooner.

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Invest in lid racks

Lid racks have slots to keep your lids standing up straight without collapsing. Line them up by size with the largest ones in back so you can easily see the one you want.

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Make use of weird corners

If you’ve got an awkward corner shelf that you aren’t sure what to do with, use it to stash your pots and pans. Install hooks to the top of it, and let your cookware hang down, with the lids stowed under them. Make sure to get in the habit of these things clutter-free people do every day.

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Leave lids on doors

Install a lid rack on the door of your pots and pans cabinet so the tops are handy any time you want to cover your cooking. Here are more inspiring cabinet door storage ideas.

Sources: realsimple.com, goodhousekeeping.com, apartmenttherapy.com, buzzfeed.com, purewow.com, thekitchn.com

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Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.