The $12 Organizer That Instantly Created More Space in My Cookware Cabinet

published Dec 21, 2021
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If you own more than one pot or pan, there is a high likelihood that you have a lid problem. And if, like me, you have a lid problem, you start every meal prep session by rearranging all of your pans just to grab the one you need — while muttering curses at your disorganized cupboards. No matter how hard I try to make sense of the “pots + lids” equation, I always seem to come up short of space.

So, when I learned about a super minimalistic solution for lid organization, I was eager to test it out. In a recent Kitchn article about organizing chaotic cookware lids, pro organizer Janelle Cohen suggested convenient stick-on lid holders that fit right onto the inside of your cabinet doors. And I just have one word: Whoa. 

The handy organizers by Joseph Joseph couldn’t be simpler to use. They’re made from plastic and adhere to cabinet doors with super-sticky 3M tape. Curved edges hold pot and pan lids in place while accommodating a variety of lid sizes (6 to 9.5 inches in diameter). I was particularly excited to try these lid holders because they’re the only product I’ve seen that actually fixes the lid problem: They keep things organized without actually taking up more space. Rather, they use space that would otherwise be wasted.

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Ta da! My nifty new Joseph Joseph lid organizers.

The Joseph Joseph set, which comes with four organizers, is worth every penny. After wiping my cabinet down and letting it dry, I attached two organizers on my primary pots-and-pans cupboard door, taking care to space them far enough apart so they could actually accommodate the lids. The lids fit snugly inside the holders, allowing me to stack the now-lidless pots and pans on the shelves. The extra space meant I could put all of my frequently-used cookware in the same place, which felt like a huge win. 

Before ordering the lid organizers, I was worried they wouldn’t actually stay attached to the cabinet doors. But the adhesive is so strong, they haven’t budged. (That’s also why you clean the doors first, to get rid of dust and grime that could weaken the sticker.) Plus, they are so durable, they even can hold my lid made from heavy enameled cast iron.

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These organizers will work even better if you have a few tall cabinets. I only have short ones but they can still hold two organizers on each door. I also learned from user-submitted review photos that you can use two holders to accommodate extra large pot covers. Arranged in an L-shape, put one organizer so it’s horizontal and the second vertical to hold the lid securely in place from two sides. Because these organizers are so inexpensive, it’s worth springing for an extra set to wrangle all of your lids — even the ones that are super wide.

Buy: Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Pan Lid Organizer (set of 4), $11.99