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This is a spin off of another thread. What do you have on your kitchen counter? Pics would be SUPER if you would like. Don't clean it up, be honest. Maybe it will inspire or reassure other folks.

Right now I have:
Microwave-I want an over the stove.
spice rack
Salt n pepper grinders
KA mixer
coffee maker
a bunch of bananas
a wine bottle light I made

Its evening here or I'd pic it. The lighting wouldn't show it well
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dishes that need to be loaded in the washer, ha!

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A house plant
microwave
3 canisters
toaster and a loaf of bread

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What don't I have on my counters?The kitchen is my husband's spot and I haven't really figured out how to get in there and declutter without freaking him out.

But to answer the question:
toaster oven
ceramic jar of utensils
Ceramic canister for sugar
ceramic canister for flour
pepper grinder
salt shaker
salt bowl
honey
sargum
a billion cutting boards
dish drying rack
butter dish
wire basket for fruit
knife block
big jug of water
a plant that I'm trying to get to root
press pot


If your counters are totally clear what do you do with that type of stuff?

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coffee maker and grinder
vita mix (sometimes I put this way)
juicer (I have started putting this away most of the time)
a bowl with bananas
a house plant
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3 canisters
sippy cup dryer full of clean cups
dish drying rack full of dishes at all times
coffee maker
microwave ( I too want an over the stove one)
a ceramic utensil holder
a candle
a ceramic chicken filled with gum
a ceramic lamb
4 reuseable water bottles
a glass container for labels from products to raise $$ for the school
a old time scale with a bowl of fake eggs
a 3 tiered basket filled with random odds and ends that I dump every day
2 knife sets


WOW! I didn't realize how much crap I have! Off to purge!

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Spice rack
Jar of utensils
Small basket for DH's wallet, car keys etc.
Tea kettle
4 ceramic canisters
Microwave
3 Cutting boards
Box of Kleenex
Roll of paper towel
Bottle of dish soap

In fewer words: waaay too much stuff...

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My counters are always a mess

Counter 1 [which has the range] has:
Bread machine
Basket of red onions and potatoes
Paisley print dog biscuit dish
Jar of almonds
Jar of oatmeal


Counter 2 [which is the main one] has:
Containers for flour, tea, coffee, sugar
Coffee maker
Dish rack
Toaster
Fruit basket

And some books :]

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We have a wrap aroundy type kitchen (pretty sure thats not a real word...), so it sounds like a lot, but it looks very clean/tidy...

Counter 1: yummy soy candle, 5 small glass containers holding things like sugar, rice, flour, etc., spice rack

Counter 2: coffee maker and blender

Counter 3: toaster and napkin holder
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coffee maker, bowl of fruit, knife block, cutting board, salt & pepper and olive oil next to stove, bread machine, basket for mail that needs to be paid/attended to, small fire extinguisher. Oh and dishwasher tablets and liquid detergent sitting on the sink.
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I wish mine had less. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let 'em rip.

In one section:
coffee maker
burr grinder
espresso maker
wooden dish drying rack

The main prep area has a basket for fruit.

Another section:
knife block
pepper grinder
olive oil bottle
salt shaker
spoon rest
(leaky) oil sprayer pump thingy
ETA: I forgot the big crock of utensils is also here.

The last area:
large wooden cutting board
small lamp
biscotti/cookie jar
bridgewater candle warmer thing that was a gift (big like a canister)
Longaberger recipe box
garlic keeper
basket of napkins
ETA: paper towels on the bamboo dispenser.

Gosh, when I type it all out it seems like so much.

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How funny you should ask! We just moved into our new house. And, I have finally figured out the kitchen...yay! The counters are really clear only because I have a lot of kitchen storage and not a lot of kitchen stuff...

Counter #1 (range)

*Wooden knife block w/ knives
*Stoneware crock w/ several utensils

Counter #2 (sink & dishwasher)

*Upright paper towel dispenser
*SS dish rack

Counter #3 ('frig)

*Coffee maker

Counter #4

*Lamp
*Computer (usually stored in the drawer beneath counter)

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and

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Not much.

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In one corner I have the hot water kettle with tea/coffee/sugar canisters.

In another corner I have my super cool cast iron teapot.

On the wall above that I have some metal racks with herb/spice jars and another with a variety of tea tins.

On one side of the oven a container with wooden spoons for cooking and on the other side on the wall a range of stainless steel cooking utensils.

In the far corner a range of cookbooks standing up.

My microwave is on my fridge since it rarely gets used.

Oh, and fruit bowl on the third bench.

Above the sink I have a wooden stick with some dried herbs hanging off it.

This pic's a bit out of date as the metal rack for the herbs/spices isn't there nor the dried herbs. Otherwise it's pretty much the same.

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On my counter at the moment:
- cutting board
- dish soap
- kitchen aid mixer
- knife block
- toaster (should be in the cabinet underneath)
- plate of grapes (waiting to be composted, lol)
- DH's tea "stuff" (water boiler, timer, teapot, teaspoon)
- 2 tomatoes
- stack of mail/papers that need to be sorted - sigh
- tulip that got broken off in the garden, in a glass of water
- a couple of dish cloths
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Cutting boards & knives, various oils & non-refrigerated condiments (honey, red hot, tamari, etc), kitchenaid, vitamix, compost then the sinks & such & drying rack, then toaster & empty space (for random stuff brought up - deep fryer, crockpot, etc), and then some mason jars waiting to go downstairs & our diamant grain mill.
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I was just thinking about this the other day after reading a thread about where do people store their cloth napkins. I keep mine right on the counter in a basket. The easy access works best for us.

My kitchen usually looks like this once or twice a day. The rest of the time there are random dishes, food, pots and pans and stuff about.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36192884@N04/3344909251/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3619288...n/photostream/

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here are my kitchen counters:

photo #1

photo #2

i keep them very clear unless i'm actually in there cooking/baking.

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To the left of the sink is my bread basket, and my coffee maker

To the right of my sink there is a two tiered fruit/veggie basket, a canister for whole wheat flour, and white flour, a candle, my olive oil.

To the left of my stove are two more canisters- powdered sugar and granulated, my knife block, and my container of cooking utensils.

To the right of the stove is my toaster, a cookbook, and my cutting board. Its a lot, but i hate digging stuff out of cupboards that i use everyday.

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Pretty clean no? It will be lovely.

Well, we are currently in a small rental house while we are building the above dream house:

At the moment I see:
breadmaker
knife block
some recycling that needs to be dumped in the bin
a toaster from breakfast
spice rack
kitchenaid
cereal box from breakfast
butter crock
compost crock
assorted dishes from breakfast: apparently the dish fairy hasn't been yet
books (courtesy of dd#1)
coffee maker
microwave
camera
cell phone
remote (why?)
snap press
container of popcorn I didn't put away last night. I did put the popper away though!

In my new house, most of that stuff will have a place. I very carefully planned this kitchen to within an inch of it's life to ensure I had a spot for everything. Having a cluttered kitchen makes me anxious.

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LOVE the pics everyone. How exciting. I spend most of my time in the kitchen and laundry rooms (like every other mom). We live in a 100 yr old farmhouse and I am constantly thinking how things could work better, where something could go, what could go, etc.
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here are my kitchen counters:

photo #1

photo #2

i keep them very clear unless i'm actually in there cooking/baking.
ooo, I'm a little bit in love with your kitchen, lol. It's about the same size and layout of mine...but yours is much cleaner and put together.

Trying to balance a preschooler and peace....
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Funny this question should come up...my mission today is to find new homes for the collection of clutter I have on one section of kitchen counter..including:

My diaper bag and purse (this is right by the back door, which is convenient but looks like crap).
Paper bag for recyclables that need to go out to the recycling cart.
Several containers filled with crayons, markers, pencils & pens. They are only here because I have figured out where to put them when 2yo can't reach them but 5yo can.
Bowl for compost stuff (currently empty).

The rest of the counter space has:

Microwave
Cell phone
Cutting board
Coffee maker
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Almost nothing. I can't stand it when surfaces get cluttered. We have three counter spaces. On one of them there is:

coffee maker
toaster oven.

That's it. We also have cutting boards, but I store them vertically when not chopping stuff.
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ooo, I'm a little bit in love with your kitchen, lol. It's about the same size and layout of mine...but yours is much cleaner and put together.
aw, thank you! we actually just remodeled our kitchen in january....it was HORRIBLE before! lol! today we are getting a new fridge delivered so i'll have to "update" my photos again. and we plan on a new range sometime in the next year as well.

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Microwave
Knife block
Bowl with fruit
Mixer
Olive oil bottle
Balsamic vinegar bottle
Garlic holder
Canister with utensils
Canisters with flour, sugar, and brown sugar
Butter dish

I hate having the microwave on the counter but it's not our house and there is not a built in microwave, unfortunately. I have having the stand mixer out too but I have no where else to put it.

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I normally try and keep the counters clear and uncluttered (someday my kitchen will be like SAHDS's )

But right now there is quite a bit of crap on the counters, including a couple toys, a random fork, a glamour mag, baskets of fruit, coffee pot, toaster, canisters, olive oil, sea salt, a calendar, my albertsons monopoly game, etc,....

the stove is icky from DH making green chile and the appliances need to be wiped down badly! The kitchen sink is gross, too Maybe sharing photos will motivate me to clean it up.

oh, above the sink is a bunch of cans and a empty milk jug that needs to go out to the recycling bin... as well as my toothbrush cause I have a weird habit of brushing my teeth in the kitchen.

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Way too much.

a pile of stuff I have to deal with tomorrow
basket of pens, papers, etc
ds1's school art project
a stud finder
recipe box & books
microwave
tin bucket of seeds for the garden
knife set
wooden box of meds, supplements, vitamins
empty glass milk bottle that needs returned
crockpot of beans for dinner
papertowels
toaster
coffee pot
salt & pepper shakers

and because I just did them, a rack full of dishes
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Everything. No joke. Basically you cannot see the counters. Part of our problem is this kitchen is not a good layout. The set up makes no sense to me. Then the lack of storage makes things tough. Not to mention everything that should be in my barn (to be built next month) fills the mudroom. So think domino effect and everything that should be in the mudroom is in my kitchen. Meanwhile DH does not want to work in his office so his office is now half the kitchen table. Looking from right to left we have: Kids buckets, fish tank rocks in a bowl, radon testing equipment, microwave, started veggie plant trays, sink of dishes, cutting board, empty fish tank, bread maker, paper towels, 2 clock radios, bag of stuff to compost, plant and lots more. The island is just a floating pile of everything.

Recently I cleared out a little room I had wanted for an office and made it a pantry. That has helped but is still underway. I am probably only about half unpacked from our move which does not help either.
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