8 Ways to Store and Organize Your Pots and Pans So They Don't Get Damaged

Ever thought about using a pegboard to organize your cookware?


Don’t underestimate the importance of a well-organized kitchen! Aside from making it a more visually-appealing cooking space, keeping your kitchen neat can make you efficient and make cooking a less stressful experience. To help you, below are ideas how to organize pots and pans.

8 ways to organize pots and pans

Whether we are novice cooks or not, we have pots and pans at home that need care, so proper organization and storage are necessary. Here are 8 ways to organize pots and to avoid damaging them even if you don’t use them for a while.

Use tension rods

Tension rods are some of the most versatile organizing tools that can be used in any area in the home, such as the bathroom, the bedroom, the windows, and the kitchen. In the kitchen, try this hack: install a tension rod vertically in your cabinets so you can “file” your pans and cutting boards upright.


Put up some hooks

Since the handles of your pots and pans likely have narrow holes, you probably won’t be able to hang them up on hooks that are typically attached to the wall. Instead, try installing a tension rod on your wall and hanging your pots and pans on S-hooks like the ones below. Other cookware, such as ladles and spatulas, may also be stored in this manner.


Make sure the hooks are situated close to your stove or your food preparation area so these are easily accessible whenever you need them. Good Housekeeping also suggests adding hooks to awkward areas like the portion between your wall and kitchen cabinet, to take advantage of the space available to you.


Utilize a pegboard

Pegboards are not just good for keeping your power tools; they can work well for your kitchen as well! Take advantage of a bare wall or backsplash by adding a pegboard and attaching some hooks to it, then organize your pots, pans, and cookware away. You can also try putting up a small wire basket where you can stow your spices and small tools.


Install a pull-out drawer organizer

Get rid of messy drawers by installing a pull-out organizer! Good Housekeeping says that doing this helps you avoid having to dig around cabinets when you need a pot or pan to prepare a meal. It’s also a great way to keep the clutter hidden and your countertops free of unnecessary obstructions.


Get yourself a stand-up organizer

If you have a bit more floor space in your kitchen, why not try investing in a stand-up pot and pan organizer? Try this one from NETEL, which offers tiers that can fit any size of pot or pan. Place this organizer close to your cooking area for easy access.


Try out a wire rack

A tall wire rack is more spacious than a stand-up pot and pan organizer, which means you can also use it to store other supplies such as small appliances, dishes, serving platters, bowls, spatulas, baking materials, and more. This is a great choice for those with spacious kitchens or those who prefer open shelving to cabinets and drawers.


Collect some shower caps

Chances are, you have dishes in your kitchen that you don’t use very often, which means that these tend to collect dust. According to The Kitchn, you can keep your infrequently-used serving pieces and cookware by covering them with shower caps. “This way, when it’s time to pull something out from storage, it’ll be relatively dust-free and you won’t have to wash it before use.”

Bring out the paper towels

Iron skillets are not to be stored haphazardly; instead, The Kitchn advises placing a paper towel on the surface of the cast iron before storing another cast iron piece in it. The towel helps prevent your cookware from getting scratched or damaged and will also absorb moisture, which can lead to rusting.

Other tips to organize your kitchen

Now that you have some clever organizing ideas on how to organize pots and pans, here are some tips that can help you maintain a kitchen that is neat and well-arranged because you deserve a great cooking space!


Find a space for everything

Like any room in the house, the simplest way to keep a kitchen neat and organized, even if you have a lot of stuff, is to make sure that you have a designated storage space for all your items. But before you assign a certain area to a certain set of supplies, first take into consideration your cooking habits and needs.

“When organizing the kitchen, you need to take into account your must-haves,” interior designer Angelica Dumalus tells “Whoever is the cook or the one using the kitchen most of the time will have needs and specific requests. From there, you’ll have an idea [of] what to prioritize.”

In other words, be strategic about where you store everything. As Real Simple recommends, store and organize pots and pans close to your stove so you won’t have to run across your kitchen when you’re cooking, and save overhead cabinets for items that you don’t use as often.


Clean as you go

As much as you may want to put off the cleaning for later, not cleaning up as soon as possible might just make the mess build up and tougher to deal with. While you’re cooking, take the time to wipe up spills and place used cookware in the sink for washing once you’re finished.

Similarly, don’t forget to return every item to where they belong. Pots and pans should be placed on their designated hooks or returned to their appropriate storage area, spatulas and ladles should be stowed back in your drawers, and so on. This way, you don’t stress yourself out scrambling to find a place to store everything once you’re done cooking!

Don’t hoard

It may be tempting to buy that pretty set of pots and pans you find on discount at the mall, but before you bring out your wallet, make sure to think carefully if you truly need them. If you already have lots of cookware at home, you might just end up with an overflowing amount of stuff you won’t be able to use anyway.


“The most common mistake I see is a combination of hoarding stuff you don’t need and using an uncoordinated container system,” Dumalus tells Real Living. “Homeowners need to be keen on what they are buying and they must have a habitual system of cleaning to be able to keep it clutter-free.”

So if you don’t want to have a problem with how to organize pots and pans in your kitchen, maybe put off buying a new set of cookware for when you actually need to!


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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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