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Even under-the-cabinets space can be well utilized, whether for lighting, an appliance, or, in this case, a dish-towel rod.
Clear the counter clutter. Organize with wall-mountable solutions. Consider blackboard by phone/calendar. Extend cabinet end with curved shelf or slots to hold note pads/pens. Over door shoe bags can be trimmed down to fit cabinet doors and hold small items together.
Use a shallow basket to organize cooking oils and spices. Line the bottom of the basket with a metal cookie sheet to making cleaning up inevitable spills easier.