5 Easy Steps That Will Fix Your Most Cluttered Kitchen Cabinet

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Does anyone else have a “pots and pans cabinet” that drives them crazy? I know I can’t be the only one who regularly fights to get their cookware in and out of that disaster zone of a cabinet.

For those of us who do struggle with our perpetually disorganized pots and pans cabinets, I have some good news! You no longer have to suffer in silence, because today’s post is packed with easy fixes for this particular storage conundrum!

By the end of this post, you’ll have a simple 5-step plan of action for overhauling your cluttered pots and pans cabinet. You’ll also have learned about several useful organizers (of both the store-bought and DIY variety) you can use to keep your cookware looking neat and tidy!

If you know of any tips, tricks, or products that could help someone organize their kitchen cabinets, please share them with us in a comment at the bottom of this post! :-)

How To Organize Your Pots And Pans Cabinet

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Step 1 – Empty It Out

Start by taking everything out of the cabinet. (Yep, all of it!) Take a quick inventory of what you have, and get rid of anything you don’t actually use.

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Step 2 – Consider Other Options

Next, consider what’s left and whether or not you could store some of it elsewhere. Is there an empty stretch of wall nearby you can use, or is there room on the floor of your pantry?

Even if you’re only able to move one or two items to another location, it’ll free up valuable space in your pots and pans cabinet!

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Step 3 – Clean & Prep

Since your cabinet is already empty, this is a great time to give it a thorough cleaning. I like to use my scented cleaning vinegar for this, along with a microfiber cloth to wipe out any dust or grime lurking in the corners.

Once the cabinet is clean, feel free to install some shelf liner if you feel so inclined. You can find non-adhesive shelf liners of all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials online, or you can make your own!

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Step 4 – Accessorize

Adding a few organizational accessories to your cabinet can help you make the most of the space. Here are a few worth considering for your pots and pans cabinet:

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Adjustable Pots and Pans Organizer

This adjustable rack can be configured in a dizzying number of different ways, allowing you to create a setup that works for your unique collection of cookware.

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Adjustable Pan and Lid Rack

This organizer is a bit less customizable than the one above, but it’s a bit more aesthetically appealing and still features adjustable dividers.

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Wall/Door Mount Lid Organizer

Mount this vertical organizer rack on a wall or on the inside of a cabinet door to hang up your lids and keep them out of the way.

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3-Tier Corner Shelf Rack

If your cabinet is tucked into a corner, this simple corner shelf rack can help you make the most of your space!

Step 5 – Hack It

Finally, don’t forget about DIY! There are a number of useful DIY approaches and simple hacks you can incorporate into your reorganization efforts. Here are a few to consider:

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Paper Plate Protection

If you are planning to stack your cookware, you can prevent them from scratching each other with a few thin paper plates. Just place a paper plate between each pot or pan to cushion the bottom and sides for scratch-free storage.

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DIY Vertical Organizer

Storing baking sheets and other large items vertically can save you a lot of space, and you don’t even have to buy a vertical organizer to do it! Instead, make your own vertical organizer using a few tension rods or bungee cords.

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Hang A Towel Bar

If there are a few pots and lids that just won’t fit in your cabinets, install a towel bar on a nearby stretch of wall instead. Then you can use a few simple S hooks to hang the pots and their lids from the bar for easy hanging storage!

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Add Hooks Anywhere

Adhesive Command hooks are a great way to utilize every inch of space available to you. Even a narrow nook between a cabinet and a wall can be used for storage with the help of a Command hook!

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Flip Your Lid(s)

Another simple tip for stacking pots in a cabinet is to simply flip each pot’s lid upside-down. Not only does it keep the pots and their respective lids together, but the upside-down lid provides a flat(ish) surface so you can stack another pot on top.

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Play With Pegboard

Hang some pegboard in your kitchen to do double-duty as a stylish visual feature and additional storage. Hang your pots and pans from hooks and outline them in marker or chalk so you never forget where each item is supposed to go.