Whether your kitchen is big or small, organization is key to functionality. Mine has only about 16 square feet of floor space, and I appreciate a few little — and inexpensive — tools that help make seemingly insignificant but daily kitchen maneuvers easier.
I made a special trip to The Container Store just for this under-shelf basket ($6.99 to $8.99). I have one cabinet for my bowls, plates, and glasses, and my being only 5'2" makes the top shelf very impractical for regular use. Having the basket means I don't have to pick up my small plates every time I want a bigger one from underneath. That's a small but daily victory.
Given my shortage of cabinet space, I screwed hooks underneath the cabinets for mugs and, because I like to bake, for my measuring cups and spoons. Some over-the-cabinet hooks ($3.99) keep my oven mitts handy, and the previous tenant was nice enough to leave a magnetic knife rack.
What little tools help you stay organized in the kitchen?
Images: Kim Rinehimer