I try to minimalize stuff on my counters, esp. b/c the kitchen is pretty small and counterspace isn't that great! To the left of my sink I have a basket I keep fruit in and my knife set. To the right I have another type of basket for fruits and veggies. I also have a decorative box that has the wine opener,bottle opener, etc in it.
By the stove to the right I have the toaster(although I should put that away)and the coffee pot,to the left of the stove I have a small lamp with a beaded shade and a large glass jar with all my cooking utensils.
: but then again I don't have much space! I'm lucky that right outside my kitchen door in the area leading out to the deck I have lots of storage space,shelves with doors. So out there I can hide everything, tupperware and glass storage/canning jars, all my vases, all my cooking stuff like the kitchenaid,waffle maker,blender, etc.
I like simple,non-cluttered counters!! Of course I'm always in the process of decluttering and simplifying more
That means I've put away spices,decorative knicknacks,most appliances,etc.