I'm pretty sure this area between my downstairs bedroom (my new office craft space, you can see that transformation here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) and it's associated bathroom is supposed to be a linen closet, but I can tell you that I don't have anywhere near enough linens to fill this linen closet, along with the much smaller one upstairs, and another one in the bathroom for the kids. What I do seem to have a lot of, and no where near enough storage for, is my china, serving ware, and glassware. Wow...and this does not include my everyday dinnerware and glasses.
Enter stage left...linen closet turned butler pantry. I feel pretty clever to have thought of this, thank you very much! With the space above the bottom cabinet, I now also have room for all of the cocktail mix must-haves, and over sized wine and champagne bottles that don't fit in my wine coolers. Make that 2 problems solved with one re-purposing of a cabinet.
Being frugal and smart with your space doesn't just involve how much money you spend on something, it also means finding appropriate solutions for the things you already have and making good use of them. There is nothing frugal about wasted space. If you have an extra cabinet or shelf, even a piece of furniture without a real direction in life, think outside of the box and put it to good use. Any designer will tell you that having smart organization is crucial in good design.