I know what you mean ... seems like *eveything* needs to be on a high shelf & there are only so many in a small place.
But I used all low places for storing the obvious unbreakables:
her toys and books, a few in each room
In the kitchen, tupperware & pot lids, or clean washrags/dishtowels/potholders , and then these were just assumed to be her play areas ... and none of it was ever organized/folded for that whole year, lol.
Also a low cabinet she can get into holds some foods that don't damage easily - potatoes, onions, squash, etc. She loves to explore them. Obviously I'm right next to her if she's in the kitchen, & my dd is a bit older now, too.
Mama to my sweet girls: (2/02) and (2/08) and 3/11 and new baby (5/14)
I don't know how long it will last (dd is almost 11 mo and cruising) but we use the bottom shelves for the really BIG books a(like major dictionaries, Shakespeare, historical references) and put them horizontal not vertical. She checks them out and sometimes can move them around a bit but they are too heavy for her to pick up. We have a lot of bookcases and a lot of these BIG books so I can arrange them so they look okay.
tupperware, towels, sheets, plastic cookie cutters, light pots and pans, metal bakeware, measuring cups, strainers, straws - pretty much anything that he can tear apart without hurting himself. It makes for an inefficient and disorganized house, but that's how it goes I guess.
As a side note: I've been recently lamenting about how I can't wait to have organized tupperware again - you know, actually be able to find a matching container and lid in under 3 minutes. I had a flash today of the day when I have my organized tupperware again, and immediately felt saddened, because it meant that my little boy was all grown up. It has made me appreciate the jumbled tupperware mess in my cupboard.
And books. Just like mama2 nicole, we put them in really tightly so toddlers can't pull them out.
I remember when my dd was that age, so many time just wondering around with something fragile / dangerous in my hands, saying "where can I put this???" Seems like they eventually learn to get into everything!