I guess by how often it's used.
container with utensils used on the stove top
2 cutting boards stored vertically against the wall
paper towel holder
4 canisters filled with salt, and other frequently used pantry items
The stuff that sits on my counter is stuff we use everyday. I don't have a ton of cabinet space so it doesn't make sense to stuff it in a cabinet if I'm going to take it out every day anyways.
What's there now:
mug with utensils
big ass glass (margarita glass I got in Vegas that holds change)
wooden cutting board
There's also a few things that need to go to other people in a little pile on one end.
Too much. It's a tiny kitchen with almost no cupboard space and very little counterspace.
- knife block
-chopsticks in a bamboo cup
-mason jars with sprouts
-microwave - which usually has mail, phone charger, gloves, and other sundries piled on it.
Often, the salt, pepper and butter are also left out, adding to the clutter. I try to put these away but they keep migrating back.
If we had more cupboard space or some shelving, I'd put away the tea caddy, chopsticks and toaster. There really is no cupboard space for the toaster, which gets used a couple of times per day, as does the tea.
Chopsticks are my go-to cooking utensil, I use them as much as knives, so I need to keep them handy too.
ETA: I forgot about the stuff by the sink!!
-Pot brush, bottle brush, and vegetable brush all sitting on a ceramic trivet
-stainless steel compost bucket.
-Hand soap and hand lotion.
No wonder it feels cluttered.
Vita-mix, coffeemaker, box of cloths (paper-towel-free here), liquid soap dispenser, teapots, fruit bowl, butter dish, steel container of utensils.
We have to use it constantly for it to be on the counter.
We have a small galley type kitchen and all of the wall space is covered, we keep some of the front half clear to use for cutting boards and mixing bowls. To the left of the sink is just enough space for our Ikea bread box filled with teas. In front of that is my espresso maker and electric kettle. On the other side of the sink is just enough space for the electric griddle. On one side of the stove are my cookbooks and utensil crock with either crockpot, rice steamer or compost crock in front. On the other side are the toaster oven and microwave.
On my counter there is the coffee maker, bottles that are too tall to fit in the cupboard (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and cooking wines), the cutting board, dish soap, and a fruit bowel. The drying rack full of dishes is always there, but it's not supposed to be a permanent fixture on the counter.
I have a tiny L-shaped counter, with my kitchen sink smack in the middle. I have the knife block, utensil caddy, bread box (which I should move, because we store the bread on top of the box!), coffeemaker, sugar jar, paper towel dispenser, soft soap container, stand mixer, and a box of tissues. I also store my dish mat standing up behind the mixer, and there is a trivet on that side for some reason, as far as it can possibly be from the stove.
Seeing it written down, I should make a couple of changes.
Things I use everyday remain on the counter
crock with wooden spoons, spatula, etc
dish drying rack
bose stereo/ipod player
fruit bowl (currently woefully lacking-2 bananas, 1 apple and lonely looking avocado)
Pardon me while I
We've got a glass with chopsticks (DH's favourite eating utensil), salt dish, pepper grinder, and spoon rest by the stove. Then there's a Kitchen Aid mixer (used once or twice a week but too heavy to put away), knife block, fruit bowl, dish drying rack, dishsoap, and handsoap. There's also DH's kettle/water boiler which is probably the most used appliance in our kitchen. We have a lot of counter space so IMO this doesn't look too cluttered (though there's normally plenty of clutter there as well ;)). Oh, and my cutting board is always out, it's made of joined strips of different types of wood - that and the red Kitchen Aid are my kitchen eye candy.
I have a pretty big kitchen so I guess I have a lot of stuff:
small flat screen tv
2 utensil crocks
keurig coffee machine
and a bunch of dirty dishes!
E, wife to D, mommy to G (born March 2010).
We have a small kitchen and not tonnes of counter space.
We have a bread box and on top of that is my recipe box.
I have a jar of utensils by the stove (wooden spoons, spatula etc) and our knife block.
The kettle stays on the stove.
I have 4 old large milk jars full of oats, flour, sugar and rice that stay on a small counter space under our microwave and a small garlic keeper.
Our toaster stays out.
We have a big cutting board that lives on the counter pretty much permanently.
I have one decorative item - a french country rooster of my grandmothers and it sits on the window sill beside the pepper grinder.
Blessed partner to a great guy, and mama to 4 amazing kids. Unfortunate target of an irrationally angry IRL stalker.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha
I've got lots of counter space since I have a kitchen island as well as an IKEA hutch in my kitchen. Its the largest room in my house...and the main reason why this house doesn't suck.
Coffee maker, grinder, coffee
Fruit bowl (or in the summer tomato bowl/bowls)
Sauerkraut jars (because I can't figure out where the heck to put them while they ferment)
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
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.
Kara - Homeschooling mom to Greyson (13), three lazy cats, two hyper dogs, and 11 crazy chickens. Loving our life on 5 acres in the middle of nowhere. TTC #2 for over 12 years. Soon to be a stand-in mom for foster babies!
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
Permaculture Design Student & Wannabe Urban Homesteader
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 )
Formerly known as "JessicaRenee". Single mama to Jude (Sept '09)!
If it's on the counter, we use it daily.
We have -
"catch-all bowl" - mostly batteries, change, etc. that we go through every couple of months
Knife block, coffee maker, microwave, dishrack (next to the sink).
I'm an unintentional weasel feeder and I suck at proofreading.
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?)
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.