DIY Pots and Pans Organizer

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Raise your hand if you've ever been frustrated with the lack of organizing system for your pots, pans and bake ware?

Come on, be honest.

I think we've all had or have (no judging) a cabinet devoted to this chaos.

Cooking and baking can be a chore when you know you have to get on your knees to rummage through your pots and pans cabinet just to find what you need.

And by the time you find what you were looking for, you're like, forget it, let's just order Pizza!

Or was that just me?

I, for one was ready to get my Pots, Pans and Bake Ware Organized!

I followed a couple of pots and pans organizer tips I read online and I was able to organize them to look clean and simple once again. On top of that, some of these organizing tips can be made by spending no money at all or by picking simple tools for less than $4 of tools at The Dollar Tree store!

DIY Pots and Pans Organizer

The pots and pans organizer I am going to show you below is just one of the many organizing tricks you can try to make your kitchen cabinet look more clean and organized.

I came across these cabinet organizers when I was walking through the Dollar Store kitchen gadget isle a while back. I decided to grab it and give it a try after I had read on Pinterest a few hacks to organize my cabinets.

They were the same one's that I was looking into buying but cost a whole lot less! And If you don’t want to spend money or just don’t like this way of organizing your cabinet, you can click here to jump to the other section of this article, where I show you 5 other simple hacks to organize pots and pans.

Now, let’s jump into how I organized my pots and pans using this DIY organizer.

How to Organize Pots and Pans using 4$ DIY Organizer

I knew I didn't have a lot of pots, pans and bake ware (I'm not a fan of cooking or baking, just DIY'ing) so I grabbed 4 of the organizers and headed to the checkout isle.

I don't have a before picture, but I'm sure you can imagine the mess and clutter there once was!

I bought two of these pan dividers and I use them to keep my bake ware and some other random standing up instead of piled on top of each other:


They have 4 slots each, but I also use the gap in between the two of them! And there's also an extra gap between the cabinet wall and the first organizer!


This organizer helps me divide my saucepans from my pans! I keep my two saucepans on top and all my pans on the bottom (the rest were in the dishwasher).


This lid organizer is my favorite! You can mount it on the inside of your cabinet door but since my cabinet has a shelf in the middle, the door would not have closed all the way.

I just keep it next to my pots and pans and simply slide it out when I need a lid!

I'm such a happy girl now that this space if finally organized!

I can't say that this solution has made me cook more (or better) but at least everything looks good, right?


On the other side of this cabinet (behind the third door) I keep my bowls, colanders and crock pot.

So there you have it!

You can get all your pretty pots, pans and bake ware organized with one trip to the Dollar Tree!

Isn't that great?!

5 Different Ways to Organize Pots and Pans at Home

If you don’t like picking tools, then you can try these 5 simple ways to organize pots and pans:

Using Paper Dividers

If you use paper dividers to better organize your pans, not only they will look better and will be easier to find, but the paper dividers will help them not get scratched when you pick and drag them.

As you may already know, pots and pans can be easily scratched and using paper dividers between them is an effective and simple solution.

Paper dividers are very simple and can help you to not use a lot of space to store each type of pan separately but just organize them in the same cabinet. I have previously used shelf liners for my refrigerator, so this is a very similar trick for kitchen cabinets.

Using Cabinet Hooks

Another simple hack you can try to organize your cabinets is by using hooks. You can add several hooks to the inside part of the cabinet door and then hang different pan lids.

You can even use 3M hooks, so you don’t need to do any drilling or extra work. Just stick two hooks in a circular shape inside the door and you are good to go. The lid will sit on top of the two hooks and they will be easy to reach, eliminating the clutter from the inside of the cabinet.

As for pots and pans, you can use some screw-in hooks inside the cabinet to hang the tools in your cupboard, upside down, so it will save you some extra space and actually be easier to access.

Using Drawer Dividers

This is another project I have previously written on my DIY Drawer Organizer article.

If you use drawers to put pots and pans, then this hack may be useful for you.

You can take advantage of the drawer space by using simple drawer dividers and organizing pans into them.

This works great especially if you have deep drawers, so you can place the pans in the side motion, for better organizing and more space.

Doing drawer organizers will take a little bit of extra work if you are on a budget and don’t want to use wood, since you will need to cut a foam board.

Pick a foam board and after you do the proper measurements, simply cut the needed pieces to the right shape and stick them down to the drawers. This will provide separate areas for each pan to sit and you will have easier to find what you are looking for in the future. For example, you can separate into several sections for frying, roasting etc., based on what you have.

As I said, foam board is the budget option for this hack. If you want it to look nicer and more high-end, you can use a thin wood board and cut the pieces using a saw. Using wood will provide more stability and is better looking but it will not be as cost effective as foam board.

Using Tension Rods

This is a very simple organizing hack you can try. You can actually separate and organize your pans by using a simple tension rods pack.

They are pretty useful, especially if you have a small kitchen.

Just pick a pack of tension rods from Amazon or your local store and use them as a separator between each pan and pots.

Hanging Pots and Pans

If you are limited in space, then you can actually try and take advantage of the room space by trying this hanging storage solution.

This hack is very useful for everyone who has a small kitchen and every inch counts. If you are worried that having pans and pots hanging on top of your head will be annoying, then you can try to position the hanging storage on the window, if you have one, or anywhere where you don’t stay much during cooking.


Besides that, you can actually hang the most used tools and pans, so you don’t have to open the cabinets every time you need to pick a pot.

A lot of people may think that this hack may ruin their kitchen view, but it will make up for it in convenience.

Using Pan Organizer Racks

This is actually a very cool hack to try. It consists of using some pan organizer racks to put your pans vertically on your cabinet.

We all know that having pans on top of each other is really annoying. You have to remove everything to reach up for the pan at the end of the stack. This is not very inconvenient and can make your cabinet messy very quickly.

I have first read about this hack on the Martha Steward article and I thought it was genius and very useful.

All you have to do is pick a cheap pan organizer rack and install it vertically in your cabinet. Four-sort dividers are more than enough to store 4 different pans on top of each other, without you having to remove all of them to reach one.

Using Sliding Storage Racks

Another great idea is to install sliding storage racks. I think that these storage racks cannot be done by yourself at home, so you have to buy them at your local store or online.

Also, the ready-made sliding racks can be installed into suitable cabinets and in most cases, require some space to fit perfectly. They look very similar to your dishwasher racks, so you can use it as a reference.


As for your pots and pans, they can be easily stored onto the wire rack or just hung them, depending on which type you go for.

If you have some space on your kitchen, I recommend to go for a bigger sliding storage racks, so you have plenty of space to put and organize everything.

Final Thoughts

I hope you liked all these useful pots and pans organizer tips. If have personally tried and installed the storage racks and the drawer dividers to make my kitchen more organized.

You can try the hack which you think suits better your kitchen and will be useful to organize pots and pans.

What are your tips and tricks to keeping this space organized? Let me know in the comment section down below. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends and follow us on our Social Media channels to get notified first when we post a new article.

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