When possible I also try to keep items near where they are used. So the coffee mugs are stored in the cabinet right above the coffee maker. The cannisters to the right of the coffee maker hold the whole coffee beans and sugar. And the coffee maker is right next to the sink because we use water to make the coffee!
I installed this product from IKEA over my kitchen sink. It folds down to be a drainer, small though it might be, and then folds up out of the way. The bar I installed to hold it also holds hooks for my scrub brush, a towel, colander, and even a radio.
Growing up we always had a pegboard for kitchen tools. It is very useful. We bought inexpensive spacers off Amazon, and pegboard from the local hardware store. The Southern resident painted it for me, and my dad "helped" me install the two pieces. (By help, of course, I mean that I said - "I want it there" and served beverages). I already had a number of pegboard hooks on hand.
- one holds all the little kitchen toys:
A second, smaller one holds the skillets and griddles:
The kitchen cabinet, which belonged to my great-grandmother, holds my collection of Tupperware's Modular Mates. They really keep crisp things crisp and moist things moist much longer. They are great for storing raisins, coconut, candy, nuts, crackers, beans, dried peas, bread crumbs, dried pasta, peanut butter cups, grits, ginger snaps, oatmeal, craisins, thin mints ...
I also swear by Tupperware cannisters. I've never once had a problem with bugs in my ingredients, even when we lived in an apartment complex where others had pests. If, like me, you like to stock multiple types of sugars (brown, powdered, white), flours (bread, pastry, whole wheat, self-rising, all purpose); then it makes sense to have a few extras.
This built in cabinet had a lot of space BELOW the lowest shelf. So I made a make shift cubby by putting this spare cabinet door in the opening. Now all my big baking trays, cooling racks, serving trays and cutting boards fit without falling out:
Sometimes you can find extra storage space by looking up:
I have a LARGE (possibly ridiculous) assortment of spices. They needed to be stored where I could find individual spices easily, and where the spices wouldn't be ruined (so not too near heat or in direct light). I found this spice rack for the kitchen drawers. It was about 1/2" too long for my drawers, but a heavy duty pair of scissors (the type that cut through pennies) fixed that: