My kitchen is so small a friend once coined it a "kitchen closet" (apparently she has a closet about that size).
Not wanting to dread my time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, I decided to make the most out of the space and get organized (without breaking the bank, of course!).
Step 1: If You Don't Have Counter Space, Create It!
Not wanting to spend much/any money, I created my own counter and storage space by stacking two black ikea lack side tables (I got 4 for free on Craig's List).
I keep one tabletop clear so I can move my cutting boards, foods, and drying racks around as needed.
Big and bulky cooking appliances--like my food processor, crockpots, and toaster--are stored on the lower shelves.
Step 2: Maximize Flat Surfaces by Creating Meta-storage
All my knives, stirring spoons, and other small kitchen tools went into bins before being placed on the shelves.
Silverware was placed in cups for a more vertical storing scheme. See how much more silverware you can store in a space that would have been wasted with a flat utensil organizer.
Anything else that could be placed in bins or containers were!
Step 3: Use the Wall If Need Be
Step 4: Use Stackable Storage Containers for Recycling
Step 5: If Another Small Shelving Unit Can Fit, Put It In!
I found this white little number abandoned on the street and decided it was perfect for Snapware. It fit nicely between my makeshift "counters."