The $8 Trick to Miraculously Making Space for Your Pot Lids Where You Thought There Wasn’t Any

updated Aug 23, 2019
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For some of us, cooking is a balm to the soul at the end of a day spent performing less enjoyable tasks. It’s a time to let the mind wander or the conversation trail while onions are being chopped and water is set to boil. For others, jumping the mental hurdle to even decide to prepare a home-cooked meal after a long day is cause for a pat on the back. One thing that both disparate kinds of home chefs can agree on, though, is that digging through piles of pots and pans and their lids is a total mood killer. 

There are many lid storage options, from the typical hope-for-the-best stacking method to more involved lid-storage organization products that extend the promise of a smoothly functioning kitchen. But there’s a really simple, inexpensive way to store your pot lids — one that takes up no space in your cabinet and that uses something you may already have in your hardware collection. (If not, you can get some for less than $8 on Amazon.) 

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See, Command Hooks can be used to create custom-sized, uniquely configured pot lid storage on your cabinet doors. And it’s oh-so-simple to set up, too.

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Start by collecting two small adhesive hooks per pot lid you need to store. Hold your lids up to the cabinet door to gauge how many you can fit and where each would fit best. Starting near the top of the cabinet door and working down, use small pieces of painter’s tape to mark where the bottom of each pot lid will hit. Then, for each piece of tape, hold the corresponding lid up to the cabinet door and place Command Hooks at 8:00 and 4:00 (pretending your lid is a clock face). The lid should rest securely within these hooks and you’ll be able to grab it when you need it.