Easy and cheap! Plywood as a laundry room countertop. Lowes will cut to size... just rub on some danish oil. (add a cheap rubber floor matt between the wood and metal to dampin the sound.)
Get straw holders to store ribbon spools! Just pull up the top and the whole stack comes up, no need to remove spools to use! I also love how you can quickly see what you have!
This is how pots and pans should be stored. Lowes and Home depot sell these.
Forget the spice rack!! Use a mop holder to store spices on the inside of a cabinet door. (no more searching through the deep cupboard for that one spice!)