In a small kitchen
there's nowhere to go but up when you're looking for creative storage options. Counter space is at a premium, so stacking is the way to go.
But this creates a usability problem for those of us who are vertically challenged - I'm five foot nothing, and it's a constant struggle to haul things down from high cupboards. Even for those taller than myself, this can be a problem when shelves are stacked up to the ceiling. Enter this collapsible step stool ($17.99, The Museum of Useful Things). Hazard cone orange, it folds to just two inches wide, so you can slide it between the fridge and a cupboard when you're not using it and keep that small space clear.