Modern designers now refer to work "zones" in the kitchen. All utensils used with the stove, such as spatulas, tongs, and baking sheets, are kept in the cupboards next to it or in an open container on the countertop. The sink area contains supplies to wash food and dishes, plus cutting boards and a knife rack for slicing, dicing, and paring.6
Keep the items you use the most closest to hand, and tuck less-utilized tools and appliances in cabinets or the pantry. For example, you may use spatulas, knives, and a cutting board quite often, and your cookie sheets and cookie cutters less frequently. Unless you're a major baker, of course; then you would have all your baking tools grouped together, near the oven, and easily reachable.
Consider adding a second sink devoted exclusively to food prep. That will keep your other sink clear for dirty utensils and for filling saucepans or the kettle. Rinse utensils, pans, and dishes as you go to make cleanup a bit easier on yourself.
Use labels or clear containers so you don't have to open every tin or container to figure out what's in it.
Sharpen your knives! A sharp knife is faster to use and actually safer than a dull one.