Thanks for the ideas! Yes it does help! It now makes sense to put the cans under the bed, but I probably wouldn't have done that. I should think large but lighter items up (and thus easy to grab) since I'm short and can't see up in there so well.
I had also thought of the plastic drawers, but dismissed them thinking they wouldn't fit...but now that I know...
I even have some on hand I can try out...tomorrow.
And CJohnson, I took 65CV's advise and checked out your photos...and well...WoW!
65CV, do you have a photo of your solution posted yet? I'd be interested to see it.
Thanks again, it really does give me a place to start.