When I moved into my small condo (see more here) I knew I would need to get creative with what stayed, what went, and how I used the things I kept. Jenna Mahoney's book Small Apartment Hacks provided some good advice to keep me on track. Among her many tips was "use baskets and trays for collecting, organizing and displaying like items." I've always loved baskets, trays, bowls and other vessels for storage, and I've used plenty in my new space.
If you haven't checked out the book its worth a read. Happy small space hacking!