Organizing My Pots & Pans – 52 Week Organized Home

Last week, I organized my baking cabinet.  I’m still amazed every time I open that door.  It’s so pretty in there!  I can find everything, too!  Love it!  Next week, we’re working on our pantry, so if you have any pantry tips, I’d love to hear them, so I can share with other readers what you do!


I don’t know if you’ve been following along with us in this series, but I do hope that you’re plodding along with me.   Disorganized people like to know they’re not alone!  If you are doing your own organizing in your house, tell me so in a comment or on Facebook.  I’d love to hear from you!  Even if you haven’t done the whole list yet….or even if you’re tackling a different part of the list.  Tell me how it’s going!


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This week, we’re working on our pots, pans and cookie sheets.  For me, that means I get to clean out two cabinets.  It’s funny.  I usually dread my weekly assignment, but once it’s done, I am so glad that I did it!  It’s been sooo nice to have things organized.  I’m even keeping up with it…and quickly organize it again once I notice things getting out of control in those spaces again.  It only takes a couple minutes or less if I stay on top of it!

Ideas for Organizing Your Pots & Pans -


My Before Pictures:


My Pots & Pans Cabinet


My Baking Cabinet - Before



My Cookie Sheets:



MY Cookie Sheets - A disorganized Mess



Some of my pans, I got for my wedding, almost 19 years ago…so they’re in really bad shape.  You can see the rust on my muffin tins.  I have some circle pans that are getting pretty rusty, too.  See….?


Circle Pan - Needs Replaced


It’s hideous.  I got a new cookie sheet for Christmas and that’s been so nice to have.  Now it’s time to get some circle ones and some new muffin tins.  I just ordered these from Amazon.  I decided to get rid of the metal muffin tins and try out silicone for a change.  We’ll see how I like them!


We have this baking set for my daughter to use (in place of an Easy Bake Oven) and we have really liked them…so I’m thinking I’ll be happy with them!

I also decided to order this little organizer for my cookie sheets.  I think it will be very helpful to have them upright and not falling down all the time!



So….How do you organize your pots and pans and cookie sheets?

How many do you keep on hand?

How many is enough?

It’s so hard to know, because you sure don’t want to be without when you need another one.

Do you have a special way to keep them organized and under control?


When I asked on my Facebook page, how YOU keep YOUR pots and pans organized, here’s some of the ideas that were shared:


Candyannie says:  Pots and pans under sink on wooden dish rack from dollar store. Casseroles and sheet pans under counter in an old metal file holder uprighted so different sizes go in different slots.


Shirley says:  I use a pegboard for all my skillets and pots with handles. Floor to ceiling about 30 inches wide. So nice easy access.


Donna says:My baking sheets (3) are inside the oven. Other ovenware is in the drawer under the oven.


Michele says:  My pots and pans are in a deep bottom drawer in our large island. My cookie sheets were in the drawer of my wall oven but had to move them to under the range cabinet.


While browsing Pinterest, I saw some amazing ideas!  Check out (and follow) my Pinterest Board called Kitchen Organizing Ideas.
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Ideas for Organizing Your Pots & Pans



We’re going to be working on our Pantry.  The place we keep food…it sure gets messy in there!   Do you have a great way that you keep your pantry nicely organized and clutter free?  Do you ever throw out expired food?   Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas.  Pictures are always appreciated, too!

Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

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Organizing my Baking Cabinet – 52 Week Series

Last week, I got my cups and glasses organized.  I have so enjoyed the clutter free cups and glasses zone!  You know, I’m finding that since I’m doing my kitchen so slowly, it’s not painful at all!  But….I’m getting it done so much faster than if I hadn’t started this.  I literally haven’t touched the baking cabinet in a few years.  Ridiculous, I know.  It was BAD!

Organizing My Baking Supplies Cabinet

Organizing my Baking Supplies Cabinet


Here’s my before picture:

Baking Cabinet - Before


When I say baking supplies, this also includes some serving dishes, all the measuring cups, the sugar, flour and cake decorating supplies.  There’s plenty of things in there…..but I always refer to it as my baking supplies cabinet because that’s what I use the most out of that cabinet.


It was getting so bad.  I had cake decorating sugars all dumped out, spilled food coloring, old coconut (about 2.5 bags of it…all having been opened before and never finished).   There was more.  Much, much more!  But… it looks so nice!  I figured out that I need a nice new set of measuring cups.  I have about 5 different style of not complete sets.  Whatever happened to all of the pieces of them?  I have no clue.  I picked a few to toss….and kept the rest, but I think I may order these:

Oh and I used some of my old Shaklee protein powder containers to hold the sugar and flour.  They are perfect sizes and have nice screw on lids.  They could use a nice pretty label, but for now, sharpie marker works great.


Storage Containers



Here’s my after picture:

Baking Cabinet - After


Your Assignment (should you choose to accept it)

  1. Remove everything from your cabinet.
  2. Throw away any old food.
  3. Put sugar and flour and other bagged items into jars or containers that they will not spill out of.
  4. Organize your items by shelf.  (food items together, measuring cups together, serving dishes together, etc.).
  5. Wipe out the bottom each cabinet.
  6. Put everything back in, in an orderly manner.
  7. Shut the door and enjoy having that cabinet back in order again.  It only took me about 30 minutes (because mine was a big mess), but I’ll be able to enjoy it for so much longer!


Other Ideas for Organizing Your Baking Supplies:


I asked for ideas on Facebook and got the following ideas:


  • Anna says:  I have a freestanding pantry with some drawers in it…one drawer is for baking sweets, one more for spices and one shelf is for all larger stuff (flour, oatmeal, etc). Baking pans are in the drawer under my stove except ones I use frequently which are tucked in the shelf with flour, etc.


  •  Courtney says:  Use them up! Actually I use mason jars with plastic lids. Freeze all but a small amount to keep them fresh.


  •  Sarah says:  I just put all mine in air tight packages in bins from Dollar Tree.


  • Geremi says:  i just purchased a seasoning spice organized that’ll clip onto the inside of my cabinet and it will hold all my spices. Thankfully because space in my kitchen is limited.                                                Spice Storage Rack - Amazon


  • I like these storage containers, too and they would probably look better than my Shaklee containers.    

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Organizing my Baking Supplies Cabinet -


We’re going to be working on our Pots & Pans cabinet as well as cookie sheets.  For me, that’s two cabinets full of stuff that I’ll be going through.  Do you have a great way that you keep your cookware nicely organized and clutter free?  How do you decide what to get rid of?  What are your must have cookware pieces?  Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas.  Pictures are always appreciated, too!

Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

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My Dreaded Before Pictures – 60 Day Challenge Begins

Before Pictures - FB


Last week, I told you how I was going to be working on eating better and exercising more!  I will be checking in with you, sharing my weekly successes and failures.  I’m hoping to stay accountable to somebody and also hoping to motivate you as well!


I have officially begun my 60 Day T-Tapp Challenge.  I’m thrilled to be moving my body more.  I’ve actually only done the 15 minute workout twice so far, but it feels so good to be using those muscles.  I’ve been going to the gym for the last couple months, doing cardio and weights and I’ve worked hard, but nothing I was doing seemed to touch my tummy muscles much.  Well, believe me, T-tapp, totally works on your core, nearly the whole time.  So things are changing and I’m bound to see some quicker results now!


Many years ago, when I did a 2 week boot camp (doing a 55 minute T-Tapp video every day for 14 days), I lost 9 inches in those 2 weeks alone.  Unfortunately, at that time, I quit right after that.  I have a bad habit of giving up on challenges.  I like the idea, but get sidetracked easily.  I’ve also been known not to like the work of a daily workout.  I do, however, like the results it gives…so here I go again, jumping back on that bandwagon!  That’s why this time, I’m taking it a bit slower.  I’m not committing to doing it every single day.  I’m not committing to doing a 55 minute DVD either.  I’ll do a 15 minute video as many days as I possibly can and I have a feeling I’ll feel better for it!  (I already do!)  I’ll also still be meeting my friend at the gym and doing 20-30 minutes on the elliptical machine, because it helps me to be accountable to someone else.  We may even get together and do my DVD.


On Saturday, it was the start of the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge, where I use the workout and walking to help me achieve my goals.  That was the day I had to take my pictures and take my measurements.  That is always so painful for me!  Wow, do I really look like that?  Are my measurements really that big?  Yes, they are….and I wrote them all down.  I even snapped a couple of me in my bra and underwear (that won’t be shared with anyone of course), so I could see the results as I get closer to goal.  That was even more eye opening for me.  I didn’t realize how pudgy my back was looking.  I’m just way too droopy.  This body has been stretched out from being pregnant 7 times.  Pregnancy and eating whatever you want can really wreak havoc on a woman’s body.


So…I’m not going to share my weight and I’m not going to share my measurements, but I’ll let you know how much weight I lose and how many inches I lose, as I lose them.  I aim to check in with you every week, but if my report sounds exactly like the week before, I may wait a week.  If you’d like to join me on my journey, feel free to join us in the Sidetracked by Weight Loss Facebook Group.  This is a group created especially for Sidetracked Sarah readers!  I want to do this along with you!


And now…drum roll please, as I slink behind the Christmas tree that I didn’t get down this weekend….(ha). I will share my before pictures…..and please don’t judge the tight shorts.  I had to do that so that I can see the results as they improve.  I don’t wear these clothes out!

T-tapp FrontRobinson.Sarah Right Side

And now you can see why people sometimes think I stlll look pregnant.  Because I do!  But…we’re going to do something about that now, aren’t we?  Again!  For the bazillionth time (or sometimes so it feels!).


So now, I’ve showed it to you.  I’m embarrassed to still be in this place of needing to lose so much weight, but if I don’t start again, I’ll never do it.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!


What about you?  Are you in your own weight loss journey?  Maybe you don’t have as much to lose as me?  or maybe you have more?  Whatever your goal is, I do hope that you’ll hop on board the weight loss train and stay on it with me!  Tell me about your plan.