How can I organize pots and pans?

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I have an old house with old cabinets. The cabinet that holds my pots and pans is a disaster! It goes all the way to the back wall, so everything always falls back there. I can't ever reach anything back there unless I take everything out, so it's basically just wasted space. I'm planning on painting it and putting in shelf paper, but I need a way to organize the pots and pans when I put them back in there.
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  • Serena R Morris Serena R Morris on Dec 31, 2016
    I guess nobody has any ideas lol

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Dec 31, 2016
    Could you please tell me how deep and wide your cabinet is? Also, how tall is the area and how tall and wide is your door. I have lots of ideas, but the measurements would help me be more specific,

  • Patrice Paige Patrice Paige on Dec 31, 2016
    Take measurements and check out pull-out drawers on line and Home Depot. If your hubby is handy he can build some very easily.

  • Pat Pat on Dec 31, 2016
    Do you have any wall space? Go vertical with peg and hook board.

  • Laurie Laurie on Dec 31, 2016
    I cant tell from the photo if it is corner cabinet. If so, there are wire shelves which will move into the front and pull out the back when you open it. ( I will try to attach a photo of mine.). If it is just a regular shelf, try installing a roll-out shelf (using drawer runners). They work great on deep cupboards!

  • Smsweeney Smsweeney on Dec 31, 2016
    I couldn't afford the prebuilt racks, so I found some others at Lowe's and repurposed them to work in my cabinet.

  • Dkr12999267 Dkr12999267 on Dec 31, 2016
    Commercially built roll-out shelves will diminish the capacity of your cabinet. Try shallow (about 4"-5") plastic containers. You can pull them out by the rims, or you can put some kind of handle or knob on them. They will slide out easily and you'll have access to all your equipment.

    • Kristi L. Bilyeu Kristi L. Bilyeu on Jan 03, 2017
      Can you explain how the roll-out shelves will diminish the capacity of the cabinet? Our kitchen when we visited Alaska had those, and we loved them due to being able to get to things at the back. I'm designing new cabinets for our kitchen and want to use this idea. Your comment made me wonder if I should rethink that idea. Thanks!

  • Well, it looks like my house! What I did for a temporary fix is place my items on sheet pans, aka baking pans or jelly roll pans or cookie sheets. That way I just pull the sheet pan out like a drawer, pluck my item off and slide back in. Maybe this will help in the short term until you can decide what you want to do for a long term solution. I have my grandmother's china (never used by me EVER yet I have been hauling it around with me for over 30 years????🤔), in the "snake zone" as I call it as it is safe and earthquake proof. And another set of china my parents bought me when my mother was convinced I was never going to get married, (was married at 31), used a few times but not enough to warrant dragging around my entire life! Hmm, maybe this year I will sell both sets??? Sorry, you sparked the "New Year" cleaning bug in me.☺

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    • Yes, I think you are absolutely correct! Probably what I will do. I am steadily, slowly and systematically getting rid of things as I will be making one more move and I do not want to pay to haul this stuff to wherever I end up next. There are a few decent consignment shops in the area. I have taken a few things in. We shall see how they do. I give a lot of things to the local women's shelter to help them get back on their feet.

  • P P on Jan 01, 2017
    I use IKEA grundal racks and hang my pots on them from the hooks. The lids slip behind the rods.

    • Serena R Morris Serena R Morris on Jan 10, 2017
      I wish we had an IKEA near us! the closest one is in Ohio, about a three hour drive. It may warrant a weekend trip soon lol

  • Jennifer Winters Jennifer Winters on Jan 01, 2017
    JUST SAW A CLEAR TUB THAT THEY PUT THERE LIDS AND CUPCAKES TINS IN WITH A LID DIVIDER. LOOKS GOOD I WOULD OF NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS. YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY IT!

  • Grace Chapman Grace Chapman on Jan 01, 2017
    I'very heard of people using dishwasher racks as an organizer in large cabinets. Depends on the size of the cabinet. Some of the older homes have large enough cabinets to accommodate them. The pull out slide racks that allow the pans and lids to hang are easy to build. You can see examples on Amazon. Then may have space for cookie sheets to lay flat underneath.

  • Carol Carol on Jan 01, 2017
    Hubs took the doors off one cabinet( had two shelves) , and built me two drawers . Best thing ever!! Nice deep drawers! When we were able to have custom cabinets made a few years ago, it was all pull out drawers in the bottom cabinets and pull out shelves in the top ones.

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    • Bernice H Bernice H on Feb 01, 2017
      Haha..yes on HT my man is hubs too! Yes-drawers are definitely the way to go. This old house has 2 deep drawers that I can easily stack my frying pans in one,and deep pots in the other. Just about the only thing I like about this tiny kitchen. I have 2 lower triangular cabinets And 2 upper ..just like we are talking about!

  • Martha Martha on Jan 01, 2017
    For a cheap solution, go to a place that recycles appliances and see if you can get some used wire freezer baskets. Store pans in them and pull them out to access the pans. (The shallow pull-out drawers are nicer, though. And I love the thing that swings out from the corner area. I have a lot of storage in a corner cupboard that's hard to access. I put seasonal items back there.)

  • Laurie Laurie on Jan 01, 2017
    Try Home Depot Kitchen dept where they sell cupboards or perhaps Lowes If you are looking for corner shelving. Drawer runners available at same stores. Good luck!

  • Anne Watson Anne Watson on Jan 01, 2017
    My husband made this for ours, we painted it shortly after this....we Love it !!



  • Bronee Bronee on Jan 02, 2017
    If you're not up for a hanging pot rack or a peg board, you might try the tracks used for white wire shelving. Mount the tracks vertically or horizontally, insert the brackets, add an S hook or 10 and you can hang multiple anything special on them. This a picture of one I have over my sink if it gives you any idea of what I mean. Good luck working it out whatever you decide!

  • Anne Hill Anne Hill on Jan 02, 2017
    Two ideas - I bought the item like the paper sorter and it holds all my baking sheets and tins perfectly! I posted the 2nd picture for the idea of how a shelf put in there could also help organize things. If you check Walmart, I think they sell organizers that you might be able to put together and set toward the back for shelves and xtra space..also the clear plastic totes set in would hold a lot of stuff too and you would only have to slide them in and out to get your items. Good luck!

  • Pat Pat on Jan 04, 2017
    Does your stove have a bottom drawer? Great for cookie sheets and cooling racks. From your picture, I am guessing you are showing a corner bottom cuboard. They are very hard to keep organized...can you put less used things in the back and things you use every day in front? I would suggest putting things like cookie sheets and cupcake pans in another place..hall closet...box under your bed, or even a covered box in the garage.

  • Blu12818927 Blu12818927 on Jan 04, 2017
    It would be good to put things in a rectangular plastic bin or a box the right size and slide the bin/ box out.Another thought is to have wooden drawers made that slide out.

  • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Jan 05, 2017
    I just yesterday added two more plastic "crates" to my cabinets. They are 6" high, 15" wide and 21" long and were $4.38 at Walmart. (Come with a lid, which I do not use.) These slide in and out very easily, but I have to be a little more careful with the one holding Corningware! So now instead of moving all the cutting boards and baking pans to get to the crate in the "dead space" in my cabinet, I just slide out the crate with the baking pans, etc. and then take out the next crate. I have used these for years and they are really convenient.

  • Paulette Paulette on Jan 05, 2017
    I have used the two box approach, one in back for less used items, the one in front for all the time. I also pared down my stuff. I took out what I rarely used and put in the attic a couple years ago. I missed one thing and it came back from exile. The rest is waiting for the next trip to the recyclers for lunch money.

  • Serena R Morris Serena R Morris on Jan 10, 2017
    wow thanks everyone! got some great ideas! I love some of the things your husbands have built. My husband is pretty good at things like that, but works so much he never has the time

  • Louise James Louise James on Jan 25, 2017
    I try to put large pots (or, less often used items) toward the back of the cupboard; keeping smaller item from "disappearing". Then I split the area into "pots", "pans" and, "baking" -stack and nest pots on one level, pans on another and baking items under the oven (or in a different area depending on your space; I have been known to slide my baking sheets between appliances or on top of cupboards ;) keep sieves and strainers with your pots, as they are most often used together
    If you like the stuff people have built but don't have time to build yourself, check out the dollar store for organizing items that you could customize for your space (they have some cool stuff) :)

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Feb 01, 2017
    First house age doesn't matter I just redid kitchen and have same issue I use it for things not used daily. And put one of those push lights so you can see back there. Then when those cabinets are empty put pots in them. You probably don't bake everyday so you can put those items in there and the baking pans as well.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Feb 01, 2017
    But this is a corner space so more like triangle. It's not flat in back which makes it dead space unless you get custom shelf made and even then you won't be able to get it in through opening. This is a truly worse design I've come across. I hate mine. When we purchased it this year I knew it would be bad my aunt has the exact problem but there isn't an other option and the real kicker is that it's the largest and deepest cabinet.

    • Bernice H Bernice H on Feb 01, 2017
      I have the same triangular corner you are talking about. Actually 2 of them. Aarrgghhhh! I want to say not very nice words when I need to get on knees and find something. 😝 Right now,because we just moved in,I get hubs to get down and in. I am just shoving stuff......But we are going to " remodel" this tiny kitchen soon and I sure would like ideas to circumvent this issue for the remodel. Another issue is,the other corner cabinet has a lazy susan..but it is still very hard..because the door is hinged, it doesn't open all the way. I think homes built in days of yore and yon are not as "sophisticated" as home owners are now..maybe our elders were just happy to have a kitchen or whatever,but now,we want things to work better for us. 😜I know I do. I am too old to struggle like this!

  • Martha Martha on Feb 01, 2017
    I like that track and bracket in the picture! I wonder if it would work inside the cupboard, so pans could hang inside! I'm wondering if those underbed storage boxes with wheels would fit in the inaccessible corner of my lower cabinet shelves. Then I could put the things I only use during the holidays back there on the top shelf and the things I only use during the summer on the bottom shelf and roll them out when I need them.

    • Kristy Reynolds Kristy Reynolds on Aug 26, 2017
      Roller wheels aren't really necessary. I have bins in my cabinets for years. Some with lids and some without. I even used some large wicker baskets. So I could grab them easier. I take out the two to the front then pull the seldom used one from the very hidden dark zone. Last February I decided very strategically to downsize and if an item hadn't seen the light of day or was one item of more than two then it was going. I had way too much stuff!! I cleaned house. Offered them to my kids who now entertain.