There's nothing quite as stressful as having to cook in a cluttered up kitchen brimming with utensils, pots, pans, etc. Most cabinets only offer a limited amount of stacking space. But if you need to free up room for pots, pans, utensils and so forth, them below are a few ideas on how to can reorganize and reclaim your space:
Go vertical By installing dividers in the cabinets, you can conveniently "file" flat objects like pizza pans, cookie sheets, trays and other large cookware vertically. Besides making them easier to grab, it will save you a ton of space! You can easily build your own with 1/2-inch lumber and clips, or just look around for some wire-frame versions.
Hang pots from the ceiling Large pots can easily take up a whole cabinet, since they usually need stacking up. And that means having to deal with un-piling them just to get the size you want. Instead of resorting to this, try hanging them from a rack on the ceiling. That way, they can be part of the décor and within easy reach. Time to tackle the broom closet Installing a locker-sized closet just to store a few long-handled cleaning supplies seems quite troublesome. Instead, try mounting the broom, mop and any other cleaning equipment with handles on the back of the tall door using a multi-item wall organizer. If you're worried about not being able to close the cabinet door, simply ensure that the shelves inside are a few inches shallower to give way to the stuff that's hanging up. Get a handle on those pot lids Storing pot lids can be as simple as building a rack with dividers, getting a slide out compartment, or hanging them up on a storage rack over your cabinet door. As long as there are no shelves to interfere with the door closing, then you're good to go. Attach mason jars under cabinets Get a hold of some mason jar lids and screw them under a cabinet or shelf. Be sure to use short wood screws so they don't penetrate through the cabinet bottom. Then fill the mason jars with condiments like sugar or salt and store them by twisting the jar bodies onto the fixed lids. Install pull out shelves Shelves that pull out of cabinets are one of the best solutions for kitchen storage. You can even attempt to build them yourself by using assembled wood or metal pull outs. Add a toe kick drawer Adding a toe kick along the base cabinets will make it easier to open them up when your hands are full. If you have carpentry skills, just cut a hole in the bottom and install a drawer about 2 ft. deep to hold stuff like cookie sheets and cutting boards. Buy an portable island If there's not enough existing space to put everything, then a portable island or cart that stores will help free up space for those extra kitchen items. Build mini-shelves Adding mini-shelves along the back wall of a food cupboard is a great place to store spices or canned goods. This lets you grab what you need without having to move everything out of the way or knocking the other cans over.
Throw junk out For some people, it's hard to part with junk. But if you want more space, then you have to get rid off stuff. So if you haven't used something in a year, then it's time to get rid of it. So toss out the junk and focus on what your kitchen really needs so that you can finally get down to cooking instead of organizing all the time!