Kitchen Organization: Pots and Pans

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Happy New Year!

I always enjoy the holiday season.  Time with family, the decorations, the nostalgia and making new memories… it’s my favorite time of year.

But it wouldn’t be the holiday season if I wasn’t heard saying “It’s the most stressful time of the year”.

Yes, I do say it to the tune of It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  

Every year I resolve that next year I’m going to do things better.

I’m going to get started shopping earlier.

I’m going to get started wrapping earlier.

I’m going to be more organized.

I’m going to have a better handle on everything.

I’m going to remember to include stocking stuffers in my Christmas budget. (Am I the only one that puts off stocking stuffers and then it always ends up costing more than I expect?!)

The stress of the season seems to get to me more and more every year.  So that when the season is over I find myself exhaling.

It’s finally over.

I don’t like feeling that way.  I really want to just enjoy the spirit of the season without getting stressed.  Which is why it leads me to want to get my house more organized in general.  I always feel like if I could just be a little more organized my life would be less stressful.  And there is always something about the clean slate look of my house after taking down the decorations that makes me want to organize.

This year I’m going to actually do something about it.  And I’m starting with my kitchen.  Last year we made big strides with our kitchen by adding a pantry.  This has helped a lot.  But life got in the way and we have never really finished the project or gotten the pantry and kitchen as organized as I wanted it to be.

I hate to use the word resolution but one of my goals for 2019 is to make my way through my kitchen cabinets and make sure each one is being used in the best way.  The first cabinet to get organized is the pots and pans.

The cabinet that stores my pots and pans is a lower cabinet.  An open cavern with a very skinny shelf in the back.  Reaching the shelf wasn’t convenient and it really wasn’t very usable.  Overall the cabinet had a lot of dead space.

I finally found the solution.  This week we purchased a Rev-A-Shelf Cookware Organizer. One of the first things I noticed about the organizer was the sturdiness of the pull-out racks.  The racks are not flimsy at all.
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This cookware organizer solves a couple of problems for me.  The racks remind me of dishwasher racks.  Instead of leaning over and reaching back into the cavern cabinet I can pull the rack out and easily reach the pot I want.  And the beauty of having an organized space for my lids cannot be overstated.  Because the lids store at an angle they do not use a lot of vertical space.

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Also, I was always forced guilty of stacking my pots and pans inside each other. Not only is this not good for the pans because it scratches them up but it was also a pain to put the pots away and to retrieve a pot.  With this organizer, there is no more stacking and unstacking! Hallelujah!

Figuring out how to initially put the pots in the rack was akin to putting together a puzzle.  I would put pots in and then would have to switch them around to get other pots to fit.  The dividers are adjustable so I could move those around as I would put the pots in.  I finally figured out the magic combination to get most of the pans to fit.   I think I might print out this picture and temporarily post it on the cabinet door until everyone gets used to where things go.

The only pan I could not get to fit was my Pioneer Woman 12″ Skillet.  The handles on both sides just made the pan too big to fit.  I can store that pan along with my stock pot in another cabinet.  I plan on using the Rev-A-Shelf 2-tier Basket organizer to store those.  All in all, I think organizing all of my remaining pots is a win.

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That’s one cabinet down.  I’m trying to be very purposeful on organizing each cabinet so I’m moving one at a time.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite way to organize your kitchen?

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