Kitchen Organise

{15 Minute Monday} Pots and Pans Cupboard

August 12, 2013
Today I am continuing on with my 15 Minute Monday posts. Each Monday I will post an organising task that will only take you 15 minutes to complete. 52 of these throughout the year and we will be well on our way to having beautifully organised homes. Follow along on Instagram or Facebook and together we can organise our homes 15 minutes at a time.

This week we are going to be organising our pots and pans cupboard. Is your cupboard is overflowing with saucepans, baking dishes, cooking trays and frying pans? Sick of rummaging through it all to find the item you need, only to have half of the cupboard fall out onto the floor?

All you will need for this 15 Minute Monday is some warm soapy water. If you like, you could also pick up a rack to stand your baking trays vertically. I got mine from Kmart for $4.00.


First you need to pull everything out of your cupboard and give it a good clean with some warm soapy water. Make sure you give the inside and outside of the doors a wipe over while you are there.

Next we want to purge. If you haven’t used it in the past 6 months, chances are you’re not going to. Toss anything that is broken or no longer working and put the rest into a box to donate. Be tough with yourself, do you really need 12 baking dishes?

Once you have purged you will have a better idea of how much stuff you have and how much room you need to store it all. Now is the perfect time to rethink where you have been storing your pots and pans. Try to put them in the most convenient location, whether that be below your stove or just near your oven. Just because they have always been kept in one cupboard, doesn’t mean they have to stay there. Remember we are trying to make things easier for ourselves.

Now it is time to put everything back. Group like items together, pots with pots, trays with trays. Put the most used items in the most convenient locations, our pots and frying pans are on the top shelf because that is what we use the most. Then our trays, baking and casserole dishes are down the bottom. All our cake tins, cupcake trays and cooling racks are up the top of another cupboard, I only use them once a week and didn’t want them cluttering up my pots and pans cupboard that I use multiple times a day.

That was the easy part, now you have to keep it that way. My tip for keeping your cupboard organised is to give it a quick tidy up every time you wash up or unstack the dishwasher. It will only take a few seconds and will keep it nice and organised.

Don’t forget to post a picture to my Facebook page or hashtag #15minutemonday on Instagram. If you would like to catch up on previous 15 Minute Monday posts, you can see them all here.

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