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Storing Cookie sheets, Baking pans, and Serving trays

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Kitchen, Shelving, Storage

Watch Out For Falling Baking Pans!

 

Do your kitchen cabinets need a “Caution” sign?  Cookie sheets, baking pans, and serving trays can be a challenge to store and organize in your kitchen. If you lay them down on a shelf, other things get plopped down on top of them.  If you try to lay them down on top of other things, they may set off a small kitchen avalanche.

 

I have a great strategy for organizing all of these flat kitchen items.

 

serving tray with no permanent home

 

Augh!  It’s Gonna Fall!

 

Does this look like a familiar problem? This lovely serving tray had no permanent home. After being used, there was no place to put it, so it was set down on top of other things. This was a precarious situation, because the tray (and other things around it!) could easily fall or get scratched.

 

 

tray with no permanent home

 

Here’s another pretty serving tray with no permanent home.  Other things had been set down on it, so if the client wanted to use it, she had to clear it off first.

 

 

vertical dividers 2 - Copy

 

Ahhh!  Easy Access!

This particular pantry had Elfa ventilated shelving in it, so I was able to use Elfa shelf dividers that clamp onto the shelving. The great thing about these shelf dividers is that they can be set right side up, or upside down. Since some of the trays were tall, I also put in shelf dividers upside down, clamped onto the shelf directly above, to keep those tall items from leaning over too much.

 

 

serving trays separated by vertical dividers, easy to see and access

 

 

Now, she can see all of her nice serving trays together in one place, and retrieve one at a time as she needs it, without disrupting the rest of them. I bet that lovely silver serving tray will get used more often, now.

 

 

 

 

What if you don’t have Elfa shelves already in your kitchen pantry? No problem! I have a solution for you.

top shelf of pantry

 

 

Before

 

In this pantry, the wood shelves were fixed in place, and this client did not want to change them out for adjustable Elfa shelves.   The top shelf in this kind of pantry is a good candidate for storing things vertically.

 

 

pantry after vertical dividers

After

After I put vertical dividers on that top shelf, I was able to organize the client’s baking pans, serving dishes, and cooling racks, so that each one is easy to see, and access.

 

 

4-sort divider

 

For this solution, I used 4-sort dividers from The Container Store, that set down on a shelf or inside a cabinet. In this pantry, I used two of them, side by side.

 

 

4-sort divider screwed down

 

These 4-sort dividers sometimes will shift around as you pull out items. To prevent that, I fasten them down with clips and screws so that they stay put.

 

If you don’t have a pantry, these 4-sort dividers can be used in cabinets, as well.

 

large pans need dividers

 

Before

This may look familiar, too. These baking pans were in a bottom cabinet, with no structure to hold them in place. To retrieve a pan, my client had to use both hands to try to hold the other pans upright and keep everything from falling down.

 

 

cabinet dividers for large pans

After

 

After I put in vertical dividers, the pans are held upright and kept separate, so that each pan is easy to retrieve without causing an avalanche. The cabinet is a little wider than the 4-sort divider, so I fastened the 4-sort divider in the center, giving the client space on each side for other racks and pans.

 

I have a lot of strategies for improving your access to your kitchen items, whether they are small, large, or oddly shaped. Can I help you with your kitchen storage?