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[VIDEO]: Organizing Pots & Pans

I don’t know about you but I really dislike the sound of loud banging pots and pans! Silence is truly golden for me and that includes when I take out a pot or pan from the kitchen cabinet. In this video, I show you how to organize pots and pans to make them easily accessible (without all of the loud noise!).

In this video, I also show you how to organize lids to maximize space and again, make them easy to grab. It’s all about making things super duper easy to use. If its too hard to grab/use, chances are good, it won’t be used (or if it is, you’ll become frustrated when you access it)!

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Hi, everyone. So in this video, I’m going to share with you guys how to organize all of your pots and lids inside of your kitchen cabinets.

Organizing Pots & Pans

So this is where I have all of my pots and pans inside this one cabinet. Now, all of the matching lids are in a separate cabinet which I’m going to show you guys in just a second. I just want to focus on the bottoms right now.

So as you can see here, everything looks very organized and it’s very accessible. What I like most about this cabinet is how accessible everything is so there’s no like banging things around to try and get to something like if I want to grab this pan, I just pull it out. There’s no like taking things off to get to the bottom one, which is what the goal is when I was organizing this space.

Double-shelf organizers aren't just for plates & dishes. Use them to keep your pots & pans #organized, accessible, and quiet! #AlejandraTV

Double-shelf organizers aren’t just for plates & dishes. Use them to keep your pots & pans organized, accessible, and quiet!


So what I did here was I used these double-shelf organizers that you traditionally see in your upper cabinets for holding plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, and so forth. And really, that’s what they’re made for. But I felt like, “Well, why do you have to just use them in your upper cabinets? Why can’t you use them in your lower cabinets to hold things like this?” So this is a prime example of how you can use something that’s not intended for this purpose in another area.

So I like how it just creates like two shelves out of like one shelf. So if I want to pull these out, I don’t have to take that off and the same thing over here. So it just makes it more accessible. So when I was organizing this space, I was kind of going through and asking myself, “Are there any pots and pans that I don’t need? Are there any pots and pans that I don’t use that are just taking up space?” And when I was organizing this space, I think I pulled out like one or two that I don’t really use and I just felt like they are wasting space.

So if you’re organizing your pots and pans, really go through and ask yourself, “Which ones do I need? Which ones do I use? Are there any that I could pull out to try and save space?” So once I did all my editing, this is what was left. And I think there is one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. There are nine. They’re all slightly different sizes with the exception of these two and that one. Those are more or less very similar sizes.

Nesting Pots & Pans to Maximize Space in the Kitchen Cabinets

Now, if you don’t have the space to use these double shelves and you just need to use like one shelf inside of a cabinet, something else you could do and this is actually what I used to do is I used to just nest them inside of each other. So I would take the biggest pot or pan, which in this case is this one, and then I would put the next biggest size on top of it and so forth. So then I’d probably put like this one inside of that one and then that one inside of that one, inside of that one so you kind of have the biggest one at the bottom and the small one at the top.

What’s kind of annoying about that is if you’re trying to get to the big one, you have to take the whole heavy stack off to get to this one. So it’s kind of a pain but it does save space. So if space is limited for you then that’s another option for you.

How to Organize Lids for Pots & Pans

So this is where I have all of the lids to the pots and pans I just showed you guys. So this is in the cabinet next to it like right there is where the pots and pans are. This is where I have all of my plastic ware up here, up here, and then my lids. I showed you guys this in my previous video. But this is where I have all the lids.

Now, I use a sliding pullout organizer for all the lids. It’s made to hold lids. Now, do you have to use the same product to organize your lids like this? No, absolutely not. If you think about it, this kind of looks like a dish rack to dry dishes. Like traditionally, what you put next to a sink. So you could just use a dish rack to hold all your lids. It would serve a similar purpose.

A Lid Organizer is a great way to keep your kitchen cabinets organized! #AlejandraTV

A Lid Organizer is a great way to keep your kitchen cabinets organized!


Now, it wouldn’t slide like this unless you put something in the bottom which you probably could figure out what to put in the bottom to make it slide. But you could just use a dish rack and it will probably do the same thing. I like this. It fits in this space perfectly so I thought I would give it a try and it works really nice.

Organizing Lids with Pots & Pans

So something else I want to mention is if you don’t want to store your lids separate from your bottoms and you want to do the same trick that I did next door, what you could do is and this might work in your situation, this is kind of like half worked for me. There wasn’t – that I need a little bit more space for this to really work. But what you could do is you could keep the lid with the bottom just like this stored together.

Now, what I would do is if you’re going to do this, I would flip the lid over because as you can see here, when you store it like this, you have that handle kind of gets in the way. That’s like maybe a good one and a half inches or something. But if flip it over like this and store it this way, if you do it like that, it creates kind of a flat top and then you can store the pot and the lid together.

So again, you wouldn’t be able to nest the bottoms inside of each other but if you did what I showed you in my cabinet next door right there, you could do it this way. Now, the reason why I didn’t do it this way again was like this little half inch here didn’t work with some of the pots and pans but it might work in your situation. So you could just try that out.

But basically, the best way to store lids if you’re not going to do what I just showed you is to store them vertically. Obviously, don’t stack them because they’re not really stackable unless you have something like that where you could just put them each in individual little slots. But storing them vertically works really nicely.

They do make other organizers that allow you to store them vertically like they make one where you could put it on the cabinet like that and you could just put them up and down. They make something similar like this but a plastic version.

But yeah, that’s everything I want to show you guys. If you want to see more information about this product or what I use in the cabinet over, you can check out my website, Alejandra.TV for more details and more information on exactly what I did.

So that’s how I’m organizing all the pots and all the lids inside of my kitchen cabinets. As you can see, it’s not that difficult to do. It’s just a matter of actually doing it and figuring out where the pieces are going to go inside of your space.

But as you can see that once it is organized, everything is super easy to access. It’s super accessible. So when it comes time to cooking, all you do is you just go inside your cabinet. You grab the pan you’re looking for. You grab the lid. There’s no like banging things around, no loud noises, none of that stuff. Everything has its own spot, easy to access, and that’s just the best thing about it.

So if you want to know exactly which products I use or you want to know more details on what I did, you can visit my website at Alejandra.TV and you can see more details there. So I hope these tips were helpful. And I’ll see you guys soon. Bye!

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  • About the Author

    About the Author

    Alejandra Costello is a Home Organizing Life Coach who teaches people how to declutter their lives with easy-to-follow (and fun!) video-based training in her SimpLESSity program and free organizing video series! Alejandra started her company, Alejandra.tv, in 2008 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with millions of people in over 100 countries around the world. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV, Alejandra's creative expertise has been featured in Good Morning America, Oprah, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and .

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