We have often had really small kitchens. We gave dh's microwave away when we were married, which has always afforded us more space than otherwise. I hate microwaving food, so we didn't keep it.
Our small appliances are few- a blender, a coffee bean grinder and a toaster- that's it. All metal pots/pans/trays are kept in the oven drawer and we make ample use of above cupboards and fridge if possible. We also only keep eneough dished for all of us for one meal, so dishes always have to be washed after a meal, but I think it's simpler that way.
I would love to have shelving in a kitchen for spices, and hanging racks for the utensils I use everyday, but have never had enough wall or ceiling space. Right now we have nails directly under the cupboards and I hang our ladle, flipper, metal sieve, and metal grater up there right beside the stove. This means that I only use one drawer for all flatwear and wooden spoons, can opener, peeler and knives.
Our biggest difficulty until recently has been that I always have a drying rack beside the sink (because there's never enough time between meals for everything to dry), the counter space is seriously reduced. I can't think of a solution to that one other than going through gads of towels for drying every day. We have enough space now though, so it isn't a problem.
Oh, in our smallest kitchen, we put a little table there for meals, since there was no dining room either, and we put our toaster against the wall and put a tea tray with legs over it to store our tea, spices, pepper mill and kettle-which we don't have anymore. The tea tray has come in handy many times since on the counter because it's like a shelf, but you can move it if you need the space and just put it on top of the stove or in a closet if you have to, without reorganising.
That's all I've got