Do you find it difficult to organize and store all the lids that you have for pots & pans or plasticware?  I know I did, so that’s why I decided to write a post on lid storage.

They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are flexible, and some are not.  Nesting works great for the items the lids accompany, but storing the lids is another story.  Your cabinets can become a tangled mess of lids which makes it difficult to find the lid you need.

I want to share with you how I turned my lid chaos into organized lid storage.  Here is a link to Pinterest to give you many other options that may work better for your situation.

Plasticware Lid Storage

Plasticware was my biggest challenge.  It’s amazing how lids seemed to disappear, especially when I’m looking for a particular one.  The first thing I did was to remove all the plasticware from the cabinet and start matching lids.  If I couldn’t find the matching lid, the container had to go!  Consequently, this exercise reduced the amount of plasticware I now needed to store.  The keepers went back into the cabinet in an organized, nesting schematic.

Afterwards, I looked at the varying shapes and sizes of lids to determine my storage options.  Since I like to repurpose items I have on hand, I looked for something to use for lid storage. The smaller lids fit nicely into a clear, narrow plastic ice bin I had.  The larger lids needed something different, and I found the racks in the picture below.  I’m not sure where I got them or what I used to use them for, but they work for large plastic lids.  The height of these racks worked well for the height of my cabinet shelves; something to consider for vertical lid storage.

Lid Storage

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Pots & Pans Lid Storage

Lid storage for pots & pans have their own challenges.  Since I don’t have as many as the plasticware, I didn’t think I needed as much space, but that turned out to be incorrect.  I couldn’t find anything on hand that would work.  The next time I went to the store I looked for a viable option, and I found the rack in the picture below.  These racks are typically used on their side for frying pan storage.  I turned it upright and it worked great for lid storage.

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If you have issues with lid storage, consider the options I found, as well as the many other options on Pinterest.  An organized lid storage solution will save time and hopefully the stress of finding a matching lid!