Pinterest can be a wonderful tool. I’ve found a lot of creative ideas for recipes, outfit inspiration, and (my favorite) storage tips, but it can also lead you down the wrong path, too. It can give you a false sense of cost on certain items that you pin and can definitely get your hopes up that what you’ve pinned is realistic in your space.
Thankfully, in this case, Pinterest actually came through and with just two simple items, I was able to organize and add a bit of dimension to our cooking space without breaking the bank!
The challenge: The pan storage under our oven. (And why did I never know it was a warming tray and not storage until a few years ago? Anyone else right there with me?? Thank you, Great British Baking Show!)
The solution: Two wicker baskets!
Yup! For all of the muffin tins, baking sheets, griddles, cooling racks, etc. The answer was two wicker baskets.
Here is the inspiration behind this storage solution that I found on Pinterest:
SO SIMPLE! And very doable. We don’t have as many items as the image shows, so we decided to get 2 baskets and see if we needed more.
The first step was to get all of the items we were planning to store in the baskets and measure the tallest and widest so we knew which dimensions to look for. We ended up finding two baskets while shopping at Target (I believe these are the same, if not very similar) and then we brought them home and organized each pan into the baskets to make sure that they wouldn’t tip over, and then within each basket, we organized by how often we used each item.
Since we chose baskets without liners, I wanted to place towels at the bottom so the pans and tins wouldn’t get scratched. If this is a concern, I would recommend choosing another bin, or purchase baskets with cloth liners.
Once they were set, we placed them on our large wire shelf and they worked perfectly! No more shoving items under the oven, or dealing with loud crashing noises as you jimmied the pile to get exactly what you want.
I’m so happy with how these turned out. And I’m glad we measured our widest and tallest pans. This helped us decide to go with a basket with a larger base. With the pans and other items leaning toward the back, the larger base helps prevent the baskets from falling over when everything is stored. Be careful when removing items or make sure your basket is up against a wall to make sure it doesn’t get top/back heavy.
You may have to do a bit of trial and error, but once you find the right baskets, bins, or tubs, this is a great way to store pans and makes it a lot easier to retrieve them.
And once again, if we move into a home with more storage, these baskets will be easy to re-use in other rooms!
What do you think? Have you been using wicker baskets for kitchen storage? Or do you have another storage hack you’d love to share? Comment below because I always love hearing about new ways to organize a space!