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Pantry Organizer

Martha Stewart Living, April 2002

Store serving trays, platters, and cutting boards with tension curtain rods. Measure the vertical distance between two cupboard shelves. Position appropriate-size rods between the shelves, as shown. Twist rods to tighten, so their inner springs will keep them upright. Use two rods on both sides of each item, spacing them according to the dimensions of individual pieces.

Comments (29)

  • Debby8 16 Feb, 2009

    What a great simple idea for controling my cookie sheets and platters in the unused cabinet thats too tall and deep for anythin else. You have no idea how
    many tension rods I have given away.

  • Sharon Carbine 8 Feb, 2009

    I have a number of tote bags - my weakness/fascination. The tension rods would also enable me to store them standing up and protect them simultaneously. Fabulous!

  • charissawilson 2 Feb, 2009

    absolutly the best idea I've seen!!!! Good job M.S. team

  • NancyMcManus 29 Jan, 2009

    I agree with everyone who says this simple idea is one of your best! I'm going to try and adapt it for the lids to my pots and pans.

  • michele50 29 Jan, 2009

    Big chain hardware or home decor stores have them. I use them in my camper to hold my dishes in place while traveling. Easy to remove when not moving and I don't find my dishes on the floor.

  • Honeycomb 29 Jan, 2009

    Does anyone know where i could buy some of these rods with the springs inside them.

  • Purpleseal 29 Jan, 2009

    Great idea.

  • Gorski 28 Jan, 2009

    Used this tip to separate items in my linen closets and craft room.

  • makeithappen 27 Jan, 2009

    What a terrific idea! I love these tips. Every weekend I look forward to installing another "quick fix" around the house. Love it. Now if only I could get paid to do this instead of going to the office everyday!

  • lbuser 27 Jan, 2009

    I think this is one of your best ideas/tips yet. I have shelves that are fixed in place and stacking the platters and cookie sheets still leaves too much unused space above them, not to mention the difficulty getting something off the bottom of the stack. Thanks, Martha. And Thank You to catwhisperer for the idea for wire shelving. They put that in my bedroom closets. I needed a good way to manage those pesky shelves.

  • esauer1 27 Jan, 2009

    I love this idea. I've used the BB

  • tawnieg 27 Jan, 2009

    I agree with dbandkitty. Plate rakes are wonderful for plates, cookie sheets, platers, lids to pots. SO many posiblities. But the next chore is getting the husband to use them correctly. LOL :)

  • dbandkitty 27 Jan, 2009

    If you aren't a carpenter type, The Container Store and Bed, Bath and Beyond have racks that are plastic covered medal and hold things upright. Super easy to just buy and move around. I use them for my cookie sheets, cooling racks, etc.

  • dorrainelmt 27 Jan, 2009

    great tip

  • catwhisperer 27 Jan, 2009

    Here is a tip if you would have wire shelving: Go to your local home center (Lowes/Home Depot); go to the wood trim section. There are little wood blocks made for the upper right and left sides of woodwork over doors and windows (they're usually ornamental and are prevalent in older homes). They will work on each end of your tension rod and won't stick out too badly into the slot where you need to store your item. =^..^=

  • bittyro 27 Jan, 2009

    to Ohiominnie - 1/4 inch plywood on the top of the lower shelf and on the bottom of the upper shelf held in place with short machine screws and fender washers wide enough to span the distance between the wires of the shelves. Of course, once the wood is fitted to the shelf, remove it and paint to match your shelves then reinstall. A little more work for you but it can be done.

  • avispohl_gmail_com 27 Jan, 2009

    This would also make a good wine rack so bottles can lay on their sides.

  • maurakeith 27 Jan, 2009

    I think I'll use this idea to store my cookie sheets and muffinn tins!

  • ohiominnie 27 Jan, 2009

    This is awesome! Question is, how can I do this with wire pantry shelving?

  • bustaclea 27 Jan, 2009

    great idea! now just to add this to the to-do list. Any ideas for organizing tupperware?

  • bustaclea 27 Jan, 2009

    great idea! now just to add this to the to-do list. Any ideas for organizing tupperware?

  • Freshstartsusie 27 Jan, 2009

    I think this is one of the best ideas yet.

  • MunkyAngel 27 Jan, 2009

    I love it this is one of my projects, I have two small ones and tupperware only helps so much.

  • Abobrinha 11 Dec, 2008

    How can something so easy to do make the magic to tide the most difficult items in a shelf? Thanks for the great idea.

  • hunnybaby 26 Feb, 2008

    I never think something amazing like this! Now i can imagine how organize my pantry will be. Thanks Martha =)

  • hunnybaby 26 Feb, 2008

    I never think something amazing like this! Now i can imagine how organize my pantry will be. Thanks Martha =)

  • JOAN60 17 Jan, 2008

    Excellant idea!!!

  • ktwjax1 12 Jan, 2008

    What a great idea!

  • janamartin 31 Dec, 2007

    Wow. I have been collecting trays for years and this is a wonderful tip to get them organized! Thanks for a smart idea.