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post #21 of 53
We have one of those long, skinny, galley style kitchens. The stove is at one end of the counter and the sink is at the other end. The other wall has nothing but the baseboard heaters.

From stove to sink we have a knife rack, container with utensils such as spatulas and wooden spoons, butter dish, salt and pepper mills, canisters for flour/sugar/coffee, and a dish rack. Oh, and the Magic Bullet which I use daily for pulverizing my dog's supplements that he won't eat unless I mix it with his food.

All of my other kitchen appliances are kept on the shelves of the microwave cart, which is in the dining area.
post #22 of 53
Only one appliance - toaster oven

We keep our bread and sometimes cookies on the counter.
post #23 of 53
Moving to our decluttering forum
post #24 of 53
here's my kitchen.....

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.......this is how it always looks, unless i'm in the middle of cooking/baking. we keep most of our small appliances in a cabinet in our dining room buffet (which is right in the next room) as our kitchen is very small.
post #25 of 53
The Kitchen Aid, and the electric water boiler is always there. And things like tomatoes, butter and garlic in bowls in a corner. And we have the coffee maker on the stove, and the coffee bean grinder right next to it.
post #26 of 53
I'm spoiled but just and idea for any of you that are building(or looking at buying)...I have a butlers pantry. Basically it is a huge oversized pantry that has a counter with tons of outlets. All of my appliances are plugged in there. The one exception is my kitchen aid which is on a special shelf that lifts out of a cabinet in my kitchen. While we were looking at house plans none of them had this feature but I was tired of my kitchen looking crowded because I love to cook and actually use my many appliances. When we finally gave up on plans and went with a custom design every single designer argued with me about the size and existence of my pantry. I stuck to my guns and am so glad I did. I also included a laundry chute in there even though every one told me it was a waste. Best thing ever!

In my actual kitchen I do have canisters that hold flour and sugar and a fruit basket.
post #27 of 53
We have a Vitamix and a juicer ... and that's it for our counter, lol. We're minimalists, though. Everything else fits into cabinets for us. And we have one of those magnet thingies on the wall for our knives.
post #28 of 53
The only appliances I have on my counter are my mixer, because it is to big to put in a cupboard, and the toaster and coffee maker since they get used daily.

Something else I do which helps to keep things looking tidy is put the small things like the butter crock, salt and pepper, etc. in little tray like baskets.
post #29 of 53
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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post
It's a good idea...in theory. But I certainly don't have any place to put the small appliances when not in use.
No one's kitchen is smaller than mine. I bet no one's house here is smaller than mine. I would bet that you have more appliances than I do.
post #30 of 53
I have a TINY kitchen in a really big old house.

I only have actual countertops on either side of the sink and they are maybe 2 ft each. Then I have about a 4 ft woodblock thing beside the stove, that's it! I also only have ONE outlet, and it's on the right side of the sink.

So it looks like this:

Empty countertop beside the sink beside countertop with coffee maker on it.

Then there is a fridge on one wall all alone (it's a small wall in between to doorways that enter into the kitchen- which all together has 4 entrances running through it, hence no countertops.

Then there is a stove with a the long woodblock, and on top of the woodblock sits: Red stand mixer, canisters of flour/sugar/tea, a utensil crock, olive oil and canola oil, and a big flat electric cooktop for tortillas and pancakse etc. If I'm doing full on cooking I put the electric cooktop away to make room.

Otherwise I just generally mutter under my breath as I drop/burn and get frustrated with things due to having no room for anything.

I keep inside my scant # of cupboards the: food processor, blender, and that's all my appliances. Well I have a full size movie theater popcorn cart, but it doesn't fit on the counter it's as tall as me. LOL don't ask.

I use to have pictures of my kitchen, but they are on my other computer which died.

I'll see if I can find them on a disk.

My biggest tips are: Haven't used it in a year sell it. Don't keep duplicates of things unless you frequently use 2, *such as two people working on a similar task so you need two of the same tools.*.

Put as many things in cupboards as possible, they stay cleaner and leave you with room.

Ditch the microwave.

I went through last year and went crazy- who needs 6 florist bouquet vases? And no one needs a myriad of weird cups and glasses and plates- unless your theme is mismatched. I had matched stuff, and the strays were just annoying- ruining my ability to easily stack in the dishwasher and cupboards, and having to remember melamine Dora bowl goes into the stack third after the big stoneware bowl, and then underneat that put the fiestaware. Hello headache solved~!
post #31 of 53
Im not a fan of to much stuff on the counters so most of the stuff I have in cupboards. I have 3 counters. The first one has the microwave. The second in a corner I have flour/sugar/oat containers stacked on top of each other and by the stove I have a knife block. On the 3rd counter I have the telephone since its the only telephone jack in the apartment.
post #32 of 53
I have a pretty large kitchen. I have about 14 running feet of counter space total. I have a small microwave on one- w/ the phone/answering machine on it. By the sink there are 2 counters- one on each side. There is nothing that stays out on either side- although sometimes the juicer is out. On the one side of the stove I keep a small food processer and on the other side is the blender.

I really abhor clutter but the food processer and blender get used enough to justify them being out. For several months I had the juicer out but since pregnant I haven't juiced as much so it is up. If I crockpot cook it goes on the right counter to the stove. We have a toaster but it is very, very rarely used. It is in dh's cabinet as it is glutened. I have an icecream maker but that only gets out when used and then put away.

Besides the toaster all other appliances are kept in a large cabinet above the refrigerator. It is not the most convenient but until my laundry/pantry room is done it is the best I have.

I sort through mail when it comes- junk immediately gets thrown away- bills and such go to a basket on my desk to be taken care of- dishes are washed, dried and put away at once as I got tired of looking at the always full dish drainer.

Oh- I forgot I also have butcher block island in the middle of the kitchen- it is about 4-5 ft long. I don't keep anything out on that either though.
post #33 of 53
I only keep things on the counter that get used every day. Well, that plus my red Kitchen Aid but that's just cause I like looking at it. That keeps it down to the electric water boiler, knife block, cutting board, and dish soap. There are typically odds and ends like drying dishes or something waiting to be washed too.

Everything else stays in the cabinets, our corner cabinet is not the easiest to access so I put the small appliances there. The less used stuff goes in the back and the more often used (toaster, rice cooker, food processor) at the front. I do agree that cabinet space is really helpful though, even if it's cluttered at least you can close the doors.
post #34 of 53
I don't like to keep things on the counter if I can help it. I have two ceramic utensil holders for spatulas, wisks, etc. I have a knife block, a wine rack, a electronics valet (to plug in cell phones, etc) and a fruit basket. All appliances are in cabinets, etc.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by Porcelain Interior View Post
My biggest tips are: Haven't used it in a year sell it. Don't keep duplicates of things unless you frequently use 2, *such as two people working on a similar task so you need two of the same tools.*.

Put as many things in cupboards as possible, they stay cleaner and leave you with room.

Ditch the microwave.

I went through last year and went crazy- who needs 6 florist bouquet vases? And no one needs a myriad of weird cups and glasses and plates- unless your theme is mismatched. I had matched stuff, and the strays were just annoying- ruining my ability to easily stack in the dishwasher and cupboards, and having to remember melamine Dora bowl goes into the stack third after the big stoneware bowl, and then underneath that put the fiestaware. Hello headache solved~!
I think I may have 6 florist vases. I have only ever used 1 of them when someone buys me flowers. Most of them my mom gave me when she cleaned out her house before moving three years ago and I've NEVER used them, but they are tucked inside a cupboard above the washing machine in the bathroom.
post #36 of 53
I have a dish drying rack, a microwave, a knife block, a toaster oven, and about enough free counter space for a postage stamp.
post #37 of 53
Flour Mill, basket full of utensils, basket full of towels, yogurt maker (that could be put away), straw holder (small), cookbook holder (to use while cooking).
post #38 of 53
Coffee maker, 3 ceramic canisters(flour, sugar, coffee), ipod docking station, phone, tiered wired fruit bowl, ceramic rooster spoon holder I got from Spain.
post #39 of 53
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Originally Posted by syn_ack89 View Post
I have a hard time keeping my kitchen counters clean...so I'm wondering if I have too many appliances. So what do you keep on your counter?

Also, what systems do you have in place to keep other "junk" from accumulating?
Left to right, in my U-shaped kitchen:

*coffee maker
*dish rack
*knife block
*utensil crock

I keep on the counter only what is used at least once a day. I keep clutter at bay by putting things away a.s.a.p.
post #40 of 53
hmm...good question! toaster oven, kitchen aid mixer, cutting board, crock for spatulas and fruit bowel. i also have a magnetic knife strip on the cabinet by the sink.

we have a tiny kitchen...i wish i had room to keep a few more things out, but such is life.
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