I Finally Organized My Chaotic Pots and Pans, Thanks to This Simple TikTok Solution

published Sep 20, 2022
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It was an all-too-familiar scene: As I was recently clanging through my pots and pans, searching for a skillet for some late-night nachos, a loose lid fell to the floor with a crash that probably woke up my neighbors. As a person who loves to cook, it’s sometimes frustrating to try to keep things organized in an apartment-sized kitchen.

I’ve been struggling to fit my cookware in my old vertical pan organizer for years, and this final ruckus made me realize it was time to try something new. So, naturally, I took to TikTok for answers during a late-night scroll.

To save space and sanity, I sought the wisdom of super organizer Tasha Miley, of New York- and New Jersey-based Aspire Organizing, on her popular channel @aspireorganizing. Her mesmerizing mini-movies of lining up snacks in bins and sorting out drawers are truly binge-worthy.

Among her many savvy kitchen solutions, Miley suggests mDesign’s Metal Wire Pan Organizer, which can work either vertically or horizontally on your shelf or in your cupboard. I placed my order and eagerly awaited its arrival.

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As soon as it hit my mailbox, I opened the package and immediately noticed the organizer’s sleek, attractive design, which comes in graphite or black. (I selected graphite to match the knobs in my kitchen.) Lightweight and compact, the organizer fit perfectly on the shelf below my butcher block, where my old organizer used to take up far more space.

The mDesign organizer holds up to six skillets, sauté pans, lids, cookie sheets, and more, and comes in a convenient two-pack for ultimate storage possibilities. I noticed right away that it held my pans and lids snuggly, and that I would no longer have to worry about them falling out.  

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My Honest Review About mDesign’s Metal Wire Pan Organizer

So how does it stack up? The mDesign organizer has proven to be sturdy, stable, and space-efficient. Plus, it’s helped me to quickly and easily find what I’m looking for, whether I’m tossing pasta or pan-roasting salmon.

Here’s what I love:

  • Its rungs are rust-resistant.
  • Its plastic feet protect shelves from scratches.
  • It’s the perfect size to hold shallow pans and lids.

(For larger items, try the mDesign 3 Slot Metal Wire Organizer Rack, which comes in three sizes. For additional storage, Miley’s video also recommends mDesign Modern Metal Storage Risers and this mDesign Bakeware Rack.)

My kitchen only needed one pot organizer from the two-pack. But I learned that the mDesign racks can double as dish holders, office supply organizers, or separators for craft supplies. (Yes, I took a trip down the TikTok rabbit hole for a vast archive of organizing tips in these categories!)

I’m also thinking about spreading the word by sending the second pan organizer to a friend. Meanwhile, the mDesign Metal Wire Pan Organizer has inspired me to seek out other clever hacks and DIY upgrades, and I can’t wait to give the rest of my kitchen a TikTok-inspired treatment.

How do you neatly organize your pots and pans? Tell us your product recommendations in the comments below.