If you feel strongly about keeping all of your most-frequently-used items out and visible (instead of stashed behind cabinet doors) but don't have counter space to waste, add a level of shelves on your backsplash to store those items. See more at The House Diaries »
As long as you make sure the burners are off (seriously), you can totally reclaim the dead space on your stovetop. Cover it with custom-sized cutting boards to create a second prep zone when you have a sous chef helping you make dinner.
Lack of counter space is up there in terms of tiny-kitchen frustrations. Even if you've KonMari-ed your kitchen and tucked all your usual space-hogging suspects away, it's possible you'll still come up short. Still, it's easier than you might think to increase your work surface area. Here are eight solutions in order of difficulty from super simple to more involved (read: some degree of handiness required).