Oh and dish washing liquid. I have no dishwasher so the dishwashing liquid stays there and is used everyday.
What has a permanent home on your kitchen counter top? - Page 4
A fruit bowl
Dish rack with sponges
Paper towel holder
Permanent but at the same time transitory:
The daily mail that we deal with after dinner/the next day
Dirty dishes waiting to be loaded into the dishwasher.
There's pretty much always dirty dishes and mail on the counter top, but it's different dishes and mail every day
Fruit basket and citrus bowl
Marble mortar and pestle (afraid to put it in cabinet, it's so heavy!)
Crock with most commonly used cooking utensils
On the sink:
Hand soap (in pretty ceramic container)
Dish soap (in pretty ceramic container)
Usually the dish rack is out too, full of clean dishes!
We put a magnetic strip in an upper cupboard for our knives and it's a great space -saver plus helps keep the youngest but most curious and tall enough to reach the counter away from the very very sharp knives.
On our counter, you will find:
olive oil and organic canola oil at all times
food processor, which could be moved when I think about it. I use it regularly but not every day.
toaster, which definitely needs to stay.
coffee maker, must stay.
and usually, we have stainless steel water bottles drying. Each child has one every day and the oldest two take them to school. So every evening I have to rinse and let stand to dry so they are essentially permanent. I wish there was a better way to do this as they take up a lot of space and add a lot of visual clutter. Maybe I can keep them somewhere else to dry.
Permanently on counters:
Dry good containers
wicker basket with dishcloths, towels, and napkins
stainless steel compost pail
pepper/salt/olive oil/truffle oil/balsamic vinegar (used daily)
large chopping block
tea box (bread box)
... and the tea kettle stays on the stove-top
Gets put away:
toaster (for the in-laws)
cast iron cookware
KitchenAid mixer attachment systems
KA mandolin (I don't really need this, and wish I hadn't purchased it.)
stock pot/ lobster pots (what a chore... the cabinet is above my head)
ETA: It is all arranged neatly on the counters. I realized after typing this out that it reads like my kitchen is a cluttered mess.