“Most of us don’t need that entire 10-piece set we bought. Weed out extras and donate them. If you have no room to hang, don’t worry. Once you edit, you’ll be able to stash the keepers in one deep drawer or cabinet.”The fab five:
A good frying pan, a saucepan, a large sauté pan, a cast-iron skillet, and a stockpot will handle the vast majority of your needs. Hang everything except the stockpot from a small ceiling-mounted rack or a pegboard on the wall. Bar pot rack, $87.50, jkadams.com.
Cutting boards can be a nuisance to store. Leaning them means they crash down; laid flat, they take up too much space. Buy a hangable board and keep it with the pots. Canvas small Trapezoid board, $84, canvashomestore.com for info.
Sparkle and shine:
If you’re not into a lived-in look for pots and pans, displaying them entails a bit of elbow grease—and a gentle abrasive, which will make them ready for their close-up. Bar Keeper’s Friend, $4, amazon.com.