What has a permanent home on your kitchen counter top? - Page 2
I have a large bowl in the corner that houses oranges, lemons, limes, onions, and things like that. We have two spoon rests, one on each side of the stove, that DS and I painted at a pottery place. We have a little crystal bowl that holds garlic. Our coffee maker, kleenex, paper towel holder, and our flour/sugar/br sugar containers, and a soap dispenser. That's it.
I have a fairly large kitchen, but I still think I could use more counter space! Currently I have:
* crock full of kitchen utensils
* thermomix (www.thermomix.com)
* bread box
* paper towel holder
* fruit bowls x 2
* small basket with vitamins
* dish drainer
* plus my kettle is always sitting on the stove
On the desk area counter: 2 phones, 2 large leather baskets - one for my stuff, one for DH's stuff
On the side counter area: fruit bowl, 6 glass canisters for frequently used stuff: brown rice, pretzels, flour, sugar, etc
Island: salt bowl, spoon rest
Main counter: pepper grinder, can opener, paper towel holder, toaster, coffee maker, decorative cup with coffee scoops in it, hand soap by sink.
Water pitcher (will go into fridge once it's warmer out...I see no need for ice cold water in winter!)
Aloe vera plant
Rice, beans, lentils, etc. ( http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Ooi1oB9QJzs/TSOuEnpenhI/AAAAAAAAA_A/nGZzWWX455Y/s400/IMG_0427.JPG )
As I wrote this I reevaluated my counter and moved a few things out (yay). I would eventually like to have my knives live on a magnetic strip but while I have very generous wrap around counter I don't have much wall space. I'm hoping that eventually the bottle rack will go away until the next kiddo. It currently houses sippy cups and breast pump horns. I would also like a better container for dish soap rather than a giant plastic costco jar.
.I have way too much stuff out on the bench. Must tackle this sooner or later.
bowls in piles
4 utensil jars!
bowl containing kitchen towels
large container of seasalt
editing to add we also have out:
mortar and pestle
kettle (how could I forget that?)
Edited by clutterwarrior - 1/27/11 at 4:00pm
The entrance to our house is right off the kitchen so this is the first room visitors see (other than the small mud room area). Now that I see pictures of it I'm OK with it and I think it's time to move on to another area of the house.
This is my kitchen.
We have a fairly big kitchen and lots of counter space.
In the main part of the kitchen:
Morter and pestle and a glass mason jar of pasta which serve as bookends to 5 cookbooks that I reference the most
Utensil canister with cooking utensils
Small fruit bowl
Paper towel holder
In the butlers pantry:
DH's coffee machine
My espresso machine
Well presently everything is on my kitchen countertops. And I mean everything.
Now in a perfect world where I had time to clean and a place to put everything I would keep out the items I use a lot and are too bulky/heavy/odd to put away. Fruit bowl, espresso machine, chicken scraps plate - that kind of thing.
Our kitchen is normally sized, but we have very few cabinets on only one wall and almost no counter space.
It becomes useless and looks totally chaotic with more than a handful of things sitting out.
I keep out:
-upright basket of cooking utensils
-sponge and bottle scrubber
-two small dish drying racks
We have a shelf above the stove that holds apothecary jars of salt and sugar as well as a butter dish. Dish soap and two small plants on the window sill above the sink.
Everything else hides in cupboards, including the toaster and coffee machine that are used multiple times per day.
Our only electrical outlet is directly over the sink. If I have to unplug it and move it after every use, I may as well put it away anyway.
We're renovating this kitchen the second we get our tax returns. Wahoo!
I like your kitchen too, OP.
We have far too much stuff on our kitchen benches but hopefully in our new home we will have adequate storage and some of it can be rehoused. For the moment we have
- dish rack
- bottle brush/dishwashing brush
- handsoap/dishwashing liquid/cleaning spray
- teabag cannister
- coffee maker/bean grinder
- microwave ( which has a tray some chopping sheets and the oven mitts on top of it)
- yoghurt maker
- phone/powerboard/wireless modem (the only phone jack is above the kitchen bench)
- fruit/vege basket
- essential oil burner and bottle of chamomile essential oil
- KitchenAid mixer
- mortar & pestle
- wooden cutting board
- one of those curved chopping blade thingies and the matching bowl
- my vitamins (or I forget to take them)
- my sunglasses in their case
- DH's and my car keys
Good grief, it's worse than I thought! I want a proper house