A long time ago I read about Julia Childs's kitchen organization ideas. She kept everything out in the open and quickly accessible.
mise en place. I have followed this model in a few different ways.
Utensils at the ready in canisters:
great options for dining room/kitchen storage (that cost a fortune), and maybe one day we may even be able to afford one of these beautiful storage solutions. But in the meantime, I got a cheap bookshelf from Staples, and moving objects over to these opened up the space in a lot of our cabinets. I put our dish towels, napkins, and tableclothes in baskets. I brought all the beautiful Le Crueset pieces and I think their primary colors really add to the decor of the dining room.