My favorite hint would be to use containers, such as vintage canister sets, to keep your most-used utensils in on your countertop. I just put the lids away--then I can easily just grab whatever item I need as I'm cooking.
Or keep a set by your coffeemaker, or tea brewer. We do both--and keep the filters, coffee,tea bags, and creamer in them. It looks so much nicer than just having the items sitting around any other way.
Of course, you don't have to use vintage--that's just what I love!
Whatever you use, it clears out drawer or cabinet space for other items you might not use as often!