Hidden sponge storage under sink... small but usuable. This is better than having those wasted false drawer faces. My father loved this idea the first time he saw it. He was a fan of hidden storage and clever storage solutions.
Store utensils in crocks. Not only do crocks keep wooden spoons, tongs and spatulas tidy, but they also keep tools close at hand so they're a cinch to grab when you need them. Of course, you could always take it one step further: built-in receptacles in a pullout drawer.