My canned items were getting lost in a deep, floor to ceiling cupboard. At the top of the basement stairs landing I saw that there was three inches of space where the door jamb met the
wall. I asked my husband to frame it in and put the space to use. I can see everything at a glance and was surprised to learn how many jars of some things I had lost to the back of the cupboard. I wouldn't intentionally stock 9 jars of salsa and 8 containers of mustard.
Last year my daughter bought a house with a small greenhouse attached to it. You have to go through the greenhouse to get to the back door of the house. It's nice - like a sunroom and they have their folding chairs out there on sunny days. Anyway, she had this bright idea to plant the herbs she bought at the grocery store in a hanging shoe bag. She looked at those and also some larger hanging bags for magazines and decided on the larger pockets. She put in small stones and potting soil
and planted several different types of herbs. They hang on her house inside the greenhouse year round however, they could be planted outside when the weather warms up a bit. She always has fresh herbs to cook with.
To gain more space in our kitchen, we just finished (I say finish loosely as there's lots of finishing touches that still need to be done) building a pocket for our refrigerator. It just
so happens that our garage abuts that side of the kitchen so that is where it went. Oh and don't mind our ugly floors and outdated fridge...they'll go eventually! Lots more pics on my blog - stop by if you have time - but here's the before and after. http://29ruehouse.blogspot.com