I’m not particularly averse to clutter, but getting met with a landslide of pot lids when I’m trying to make food quickly can be really frustrating. I’ve lived in a different house or apartment almost every year I’ve lived in Chicago, so the space often dictates where furniture goes and where items go on the furniture. It’s not possible to buy furniture that matches the space and optimizes storage with every move, so things often end up on shelves in an inelegant way.
I bought a used, simple wire dish rack at the thrift store for a dollar and zip-tied it to the shelf for a little added stability. It doesn’t look any uglier than the old pile, and cleans things up nicely.