What?! Replace your curtain rods with swing arm rods to open up the room and allow more light in. Windows appear to be bigger than they are, too :) How have I never heard of this?! It's like shutters in drape form!
Use a tension rod and shower hooks to store saucepans inside a cupboard. Via DIY Home Sweet Home - See more at: http://www.glamumous.co.uk/2013/03/101-household-tips-for-every-room-in.html#sthash.YCWUqQNH.dpuf