I have several self made hanging shelves in corners/other odd small areas. Created using some scrounged board from a work site, colored 550 cord and washers. Drill holes in the board just large enough to fit the cord through, knot cord at even lengths below a washer and arround a bead or piece of dowel…repeat several times to add shelves. secure to ceiling risers. Used bright color cord and painted the shelves in a diff color, say red cord and blue shelves for the boys room etc.
They actually look pretty cool and I get asked a lot where I bought them…Chuckle! I have only 2 actual cabinets in the kitchen, its sort of a huge walk through style. Im using two identical waist high book cases back to back as a sort of island, one side faces kitchen and I can store canned goods there, the other faces the dining/living area and I have strung a curtain on a rod to hid whatever I store there. I got wall mounted racks from Ikea and packages of hooks, all my pots, pans, utensils, anything that can be hung up is all there on the wall.
Also got racks to wall mount and have tons of stuff there stored in plain view, makes it easier to find for sure…lol…2 sets of hanging baskets, and I use a magnetic Knife rack that is mounted on the wall I have those door hanging racks like they sell to store vhs tapes on the back on most doors for storage and or used as a bookshelf in our bedroom. I found a REALLY neat unit at Walmart right before we moved here, Its door mounted, hangs off the top of the bathroom door, has 2 shelfs at the top and underneath a hanger bar and underneath that towel/clothes hooks. Got hubby to build small boxes basically, about 3 ft long 6 in deep approx 6-8 in wide to mount on the walls over both toilets, making a small storage compartment, and a shelf.