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Baking Pan Organizer

Organizing Good Things 2005, Special Issue Winter 2005

Retrieving a jar or bottle from the back of a crowded cabinet can be awkward. For a simple fix, gather the pantry supplies you store on the shelf into a spare baking pan, then treat it like a drawer, carefully sliding it in and out for easy access. The pan will also catch drips, speeding cleanup.

Comments (35)

  • 19 Nov, 2009

    Why is it that only some contributors comments show up???

  • 19 Nov, 2009

    Why do the same tips keep getting used over and over and over. I know I've seen this one at least 2 times before and at least once VERY recently.

  • 23 Oct, 2009

    Use large hard-plastic turntables instead of a tray. Then the bottles will not topple and knock against everything else.

  • 23 Oct, 2009

    Put your vegetable oil on an old plastic cottage cheese lid in the space created where two turntables almost touch.

  • 14 Nov, 2008

    The toaster oven size trays are good for this as well. They seem to be just the right size. You can also put all of your potential "sticky" items on a tray so if anything sticks you just throw the tray in the dishwasher.

  • 14 Nov, 2008

    I use a plastic, high edged basket. It doesn't scratch the shelf and it is light to lift out from the cabinet if needed.

  • 13 Nov, 2008

    I am pretty sure I invented this. Also, if you feel like getting reall OCD about it like I do, I list the spices, et al, on a piece of paper and tape in on the inside of the cabinet door. All I have to do is check the list, before digging around!

  • 13 Nov, 2008

    I use a tray like this for all my baking stuff-- baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, cream of tartar, and extracts. Think about it, you hardly ever make something that calls for just *one* of those ingredients; usually there's cinnamon *and* nutmeg, or what have you. This saves me lots of time.

  • 13 Nov, 2008

    brilliant idea cos if you are a little short like me I can't see at the back of
    the shelf so this would make it alot easier,......

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    Hmm..Lazy Susan is a better helper.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    This is a great idea! Not sure spray painting them (comment below) to make them pretty is that smart though, esp. around food. Thanks Marha! Another A for you!

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    This idea is great in the craft room as well..I use an vintage square tin baking pan to stand all of my paper punches in on a shelf in my craft room . When I have time to play I just grab the pan and I have every thing I need.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    This idea is great in the craft room as well..I use an vintage square tin baking pan to stand all of my paper punches in on a shelf in my craft room . When I have time to play I just grab the pan and I have every thing I need.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I use glass baking dishes in the refrigerator as well. They are great for individual yogart, jello, etc. I also use one for sandwich fixings (meat, lettuce, tomato slices, mayonnaise, etc. When I'm ready to pack lunches, I just pull it out and everything is right where I need it.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I keep all my package mixes for tacos, mushroom gravy, etc in a loaf pan. Perfect size!

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    Love this idea! I now have all my cooking oils and sauces for stir frys etc on a spare baking pan. Not only is everything accessible, but I can easily clean the pan as well. Thanks Martha, from Jill.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I used this company for sliding shelves. http://www.shelvesthatslide.com/ I LOVE them. I even put them in my bathrooms since I had mostly cabinests rather than drawers. They are only in AZ and NV, but maybe you could find someone in your local area.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I do this too, think tag sales for old pans, can spray paint to pretty them. When I go to yard sales, I am always thinking repurpose items, that is what Martha does all the time.I had my sweet spices in one container (baking), savory spices in another, helped with organization..

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    Edna - I was lucky to move into a house where the below-the-counter-shelves had sliding in and out shelves. If you can invest in something like that, it will be worth it. Otherwise, I just put heavier stuff in the oven drawer -or downstairs if I don't use it a lot. Good luck

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I love these ideas, now that I'm starting to realize I'm not so young anymore. Has anyone out there any ideas as to how to retrieve any heavier items, such as Dutch ovens from the back of lower shelves. No matter how I try, as I don't use them as often as I once did, they work their way to the back. Edna

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    You wonderful people are fantastic. Love the cake pan under the toaster as well as the shoe boxes. Something so simple to make our lives easier and then when I see it I feel like I'm having a DAH moment. Hope to help someone out in the future.

    As for needing that pan after it's filled, ask for a new one for Christmas so you don't have to empty it.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I Have the same thing but just for the bottles of differents vinagers and another for the differents oils.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    my mother has always had a decorated metal tray (think seventies) with all the breakfast/lunch stuff on it - peanut butter, jams, honey, plain pepper and salt, cinnamon sugar, syrup... - and it really made it easy for us kids to set the table. For the quick family dinner she has a pretty little salver with pepper and salt, oil and vinegar. It's a bit "diner" but it works. Both trays have their own place in a kitchen cupboard.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    my mother has always had a decorated metal tray (think seventies) with all the breakfast/lunch stuff on it - peanut butter, jams, honey, plain pepper and salt, cinnamon sugar, syrup... - and it really made it easy for us kids to set the table. For the quick family dinner she has a pretty little salver with pepper and salt, oil and vinegar. It's a bit "diner" but it works. Both trays have their own place in a kitchen cupboard.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    Greater idea MISuzanne....good thinking. I am a widow, so no hubby with or without big feet. LOL...but still a great replacement idea...I'll check with friends who have husbands. Thanks

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    Everyone has such GREAT suggestions! I love this web-site for ideas. If you don't want to have to clean the bottles out of the pan before using it - don't use a pan. You can use a shoebox - especially good if you have a husband with big feet! Also helps keep stuff from spilling over with the higher sides...I have also added one of those push LED lights to the "ceiling" of my deep pantry. Although the pan would look nicer if on a shelf where people might see, as picture shows.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    Now the only problem I see with this idea is..... when I need the pan, look at all the bottles to clear off first??? and where do I put them then? I like the lazy susan idea(which I use) and the toaster storage(which I do too)

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I keep the toaster in a metal cake pan so I can tuck it away when it is not in use and it catches all the crumbs too!

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I have a two-tiered lazy susan. I can get a lot of them. So convenient. I keep everything in alphabetical order so I know exactly where all my herbs and spices are.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I use plastic lazy susans that have a lip for smaller containers such as spices. Rotating the lazy susan is convenient and can be removed for easy clean up as well.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I'm using the bottom part of some spare plastic containers in the same manner.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    another one that I can use. I always have a mess under the oils, etc. Should of thought of it myself. I do use a drawer divider to hold the flavorings, etc. Does save clean up.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    a lazy susan can be helpful, too, but for spices or not too heavy articles.
    I use the baking pan under oils and vinegars, it's easier to clean in case of spills.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    I just put some antique pans in a drawer to keep it organized!

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    great, simple idea!