Really well. That's actually why I got them. I used to just use a towel on the counter, but I had nowhere to put plates.
The grass in these hold the plates upright.
OP - nice kitchen! I'm completely envious of that island with the shelf for your pots.
Re: drying dishes without a rack - My trick is to wash all the glasses and mugs first. Then I stand up the plates in between them, and let them rest against these taller items. Then I dry the plates first, and finally dry the glasses. That is a cute drying rack though. I've toyed with the idea of buying one, and that one is tempting.
MAybe listing the things on my counter will help me get rid of some. I am terrible at putting this away. Just off the top of my head:
2 canisters of coffee (regular and decaf)
A few bottles of vitamins
A tin of granola
a bag of granola
a few dirty pots and pans on the stove
a bowl of food scraps (waiting to be cup and added to the worm bin)
drying rack full of clean dishes
some dirty dishes
my wine rack, which has somehow become an herb rack instead
a bunch of bags and jars of loose leaf tea
2 tea pots
a bunch of bottle of oil
several large bags of herbs
Spice rack, knife block, fruit bowl, paper towel holder, coffee maker, double toaster, a bottle of gin.... I can't think of what else is permanently on the counter tops. Most items are stainless steel so at least they match the appliances, but I hate having too many things out and taking up space. Dish soap and hand soap - those are there. If I was downstairs this would be a lot easier!
My kitchen has lots of cupboards (up to the ceiling) and pretty minimal counter space.
We have on the counters
usually some dirty dishes
toaster and bread
fruit bowl (it sits on the table sometimes too)
coffee maker and grinder
The teakettle live on top of the stove other pans are in cupboards
I'd like to have my kitchen aid out, but it doesn't fit under the cupboards in this house and has only one place it sit well (right beside the stove)
On the counter: cutting board (a big wooden one that I stand up so it leans against the backsplash when not in use), small basket for DH's cell phone charger (I wouldn't have this, but it's the only way that DH remembers to charge and carry his phone), some plants near the window, peppermill.
On the breakfast bar: fruit bowl.
Right now there is way more clutter than this, but that's all that's SUPPOSED to be on there.
I have a small galley kitchen. On the counter on one side we have our toaster oven. On the other side I have a dish drying rack, knife block, spice rack, and unfortunately my DH's big stupid stereo. I would love to not have his stereo there, but he seems to think there's no where else to put it Grrrrr. I have a "window" from my kitchen into the living room and there's a breakfast nook there. We don't eat on it cuz we have a table and chair set, so I use that as counter space too. On that I have my canister set, fruit basket, lamp, and some more of my DH's junk.
Like others posting, we have limited cabinet space and some stuff we use daily. On the kitchen counters we have:
Hot water machine
Knife block & cleaver
jars of spoons, spatulas, ladles, rice paddle, etc etc.
rack holding the oil, soy sauce, salt, sugar, & corn starch
On the window sill - knife sharpener, dish of current garlic head & ginger
On one shelf -
A gazillion cookbooks
cell phone chargers
toaster and wooden tongs
On top of our movable dishwasher -
On shelf around the sink -
dish and dishwasher soaps
four blue and white graduated sized ceramic jars holding flour, sugar, rice, and beans
three wooden cutting boards my dad made for my wedding present propped up against the side of the fridge
Spoonrest and hot trivet are on the stove top
Aloe and some dying chives are on the windowsill
The kitchen witch figurine is by the sink as well - She keeps the kitchen from exploding...at least that's what "they" say...
And somehow it really doesn't look that cluttered...at least to me
Cool thread. We have a galley style kitchen with quite a bit of counter space, but I like things to be as clear as is practical.
Wood cutting board
Spice rack - but I think that is going to go.
Fruit bowl - but just before I saw this thread I was thinking I want to get rid of it.
Semi-Permanent (get put away when we have guests or if I am trying to be extra neat)
2-3 bottles of vitamins
*We just renovated our kitchen and have a lot of storage that is easy to access. In our old house, even though our kitchen was smaller we had a few more things on the counter because there was just no room for it in the storage areas.
My kitchen looks like a bomb went off in it.
The first small chunk of counter space has the toaster on it. I really debated with this because it's so RED and HUGE but we make toast all day long it seems some days and it's a drag to lug in/out just to have some! So it has it's own toaster nook which I'm wishy washy about.
The other counter has:
Mason jars of spices/herbs I use
A small basket with vanilla, cinnamon and honey (I use this for DD's night milk)
Glass jar with wooden spoons/stove utensils
Then there's the sink and longer counter:
Coffee maker (my French press broke, AGAIN!)
Cookbooks I use daily
The other counter (and the longest) has an assortment of projects I'm doing, books I'm reading, and DD's little play-doh dried up mostly. I know, I need to work on it! I will some day
coffee pad holder
small container for used pads
metal container to hold frequently used utensils
mortar where have garlic sitting in
I try to keep things in the kitchen rather cleaned up because it is open to the dining/living area but I am comfortable with the amount of stuff we have out.
Things that have a PERMANENT spot on our counters/shelves in the kitchen:
nutrimill grain mill (we use this so much...I used to have it in the cabinets and got annoyed at dragging it out all the time)
canister by the stove with utensils that are used there
little shelf with salt, pepper, cinnamon, sugar, agave, and honey by the stove
tea kettle is always on the stove
the vitamix that we use every day to make fruit shakes is on top of the fridge (dh and I are both tall enough to get to it easily there and it saves counter space)
on open shelving on the wall, we have antique and recycled glass jars with dry goods, a few cookbooks, and our pots/pans
That is what is supposed to be there- I would be embarrassed to list everything that is out right now though!!! :)
If it's an item I use everyday to every week then it stays out on the counter. If not, it goes in the cabinet that's under the sink.
On my kitchen counters live:
-my Kitchen-aid mixer
-2 tiny boxes that used to hold 12 packs of Ramen but now hold my spices
-a glass sugar container
-a glass container that holds utensils like spatulas