How to Organize Flat Bakeware and Large Platters

I really cannot believe it’s the end of October. I think back to the first week of October one year ago when I was in NYC with my sisters, then home for a Harry & David blogging event, then off to Paws Up Ranch in Montana with Bush’s Beans. All within a week … it was a blast, but I can’t keep a schedule like that all the time. :)

This autumn season has been much different. I’ve been inspired by the cooler weather, a very quiet house, the routine of school, soccer, slow-cooking in the crockpot, canning pear sauce and applesauce, reading magazines and pulling out cook books and getting inspired by this beautiful season that’s here!

When we did our kitchen remodel a few years ago, one thing I was frustrated with and had had a very poor system of in the past, was how to store my baking sheets and tall platters. They were out of control!

The cabinets were always a mess, because I used the “stacking” method.

I could never find what I was looking for.

My quick fix with the new kitchen was to add inexpensive dividers, which attach to the bottom of the cabinet; keeping the flat items upright and very easy to grab!

A quick fix, indeed! I also use it for large serving platters – all within easy reach!

1. Find a cupboard that works for the height of your pans or platters when they are standing up (you may need to remove a shelf).

2. Plot out where the items will go so you leave enough room for your larger pieces.

3. The racks screw to the bottom of the cupboard.

4. Load and store all of your flat baking pieces!

5. Save room for platters on the sides.

Mission accomplished. I now have the most organized baking section, and what I love the most about this space? It stays organized, unlike many other of my cabinets (and pantry … is it really time to organize my pantry again? A big fat YES!) :)

Baking season is HERE, and I couldn’t be more excited.

How do you store your baking pieces and large platters?

I bought my rack(s) at Home Depot (a few years back). They screw in to the bottom of the cabinet. Here’s a link to a similar product, called a tray divider. I’m sure anyone at Home Depot or Lowe’s could help you find the product.

7 comments on “How to Organize Flat Bakeware and Large Platters”

  1. Brilliant idea!! i stack my baking dishes and platters and it seriously is a pain! I’m going to take your advice :) thank you!

  2. My frustration is Tupperware and all my plastic bowls for left overs..ugh!

  3. I have some stacked like you do and others I don’t use often are put in a cupboard above the fridge. Of course, this changes with each move!

  4. Cool! Where did you get the dividers?

  5. Great idea! I like how you have your baking sheets are up high. Mine are down low and its really hard to sort through them. I do however have mine like yours on the sides but I dont have dividers. Its hard to see the dividers in the picture. Can you tell us where you found your dividers and the name of them. I think I would like to relocate mine and add dividers. Thanks for the post! :)

  6. I love this! I’m still using the stacking method, and I get frustrated by it every single time I need a cookie sheet or pan. Not to mention, no good place for my platters. I’m going to look around for where I could adapt this idea in my kitchen. Thanks Sandy! :)

  7. I have a cabinet just like yours. I keep my baking sheets, cooling racks, cutting boards and muffin pans in it. I love how organized it always is, too! The pantry needs constant organizing, doesn’t it?

    We are bracing for hurricane Sandy to arrive, and I will be stuck indoors (probably without power) for a few days or maybe even a week. I will need to find things to occupy my time, and I think organizing my pantry will be on my list of things to do! :-)

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