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I decided to go through my kitchen yesterday and get rid of things we never use. I feel like we have a lot of things permanently sitting on the counter top, too many really. How do you justify things permanently sitting on counter vs things that should go in a cabinet?

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I guess by how often it's used. 

 

Permanent things:

 

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

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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:

coffee pot

knives

mug with utensils

papertowels

draining rack

vitamins

toaster

big ass glass (margarita glass I got in Vegas that holds change)

microwave

plant

wooden cutting board

 

There's also a few things that need to go to other people in a little pile on one end.

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I have my knife block, the staples I use frequently (Almonds, quinoa, sesame seeds, etc), the toaster and my huge Kitchenaide Stand Mixer. My dh would like the mixer put away but I won because it's too heavy to drag out every time I want it.
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Too much. It's a tiny kitchen with almost no cupboard space and very little counterspace. 

 

- knife block

-tea caddy

-chopsticks in a bamboo cup  

-toaster

-trivet

-mason jars with sprouts

-KitchenAid standmixer

-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. 

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Mine has my knife block and the appliances I use pretty regularly: electric grill, stand mixer, toaster oven, and microwave.

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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.

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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. 


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The only thing I leave on the counter all the time is the ceramic salt container, pepper mill and a crock with cooking spoons ect.

 

oh and the knife block and spoon rest.

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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. 

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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.

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Things I use everyday remain on the counter

 

coffee maker

electric kettle

toaster

microwave

knife block

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)


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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. winky.gif  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. orngbiggrin.gif

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I have a pretty big kitchen so I guess I have a lot of stuff:

 

baby moniter

small flat screen tv

aerogarden

2 utensil crocks

keurig coffee machine

fruit bowl

salt bowl

pepper grinder

baby wipes

toaster

stand mixer

electric kettle

 

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Utensil jar, microwave, toaster, food processor, coffee grinder, coffee maker, fresh fruit bowl, bread box and some jars with rice and beans (those are more for looks, I have a really deep counter and they don't take up my work space.)

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OK, I'm feeling a little better about my clutter now redface.gif We don't seem to have anything out of the ordinary taking up space on the counter.


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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.

 

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I find it so interesting how everyone has pretty much the same stuff on the counter!

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.

We have:

Coffee maker, grinder, coffee
Espresso maker
Kettle
Dishrack
Knife block
Utensil pot
Butter
Toaster
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)
Compost container

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coffee maker

toaster oven


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As little as possible.  Currently, my knife block, the coffee maker, and some bananas.


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I have the microwave (which I want to ditch, but dh isn't ready), a cookie rack that doesn't fit in the cabinet (vertical between microwave and the wall), a soap dispenser, sponge, scrub brush (on the sink) a dish mat, the toaster (which I wish lived in a cupboard) my stand mixer, dh's coffee canister and French press, a thing full of utensils, the butter dish, a salt dish, a salt grinder, a pepper grinder, a spoon rest.... and I think that's it?

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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. 


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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)

* toaster

* bread box

* paper towel holder

* fruit bowls x 2

* small basket with vitamins

* dish drainer

* plus my kettle is always sitting on the stove


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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.

 

 

 

 

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Knife block
Composter
Dish rack
Blender base
Pasta maker
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 )

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If it's on the counter, we use it daily. 

 

We have - 

coffee maker

fruit bowl

"catch-all bowl" - mostly batteries, change, etc. that we go through every couple of months

knife set


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Knife block, coffee maker, microwave, dishrack (next to the sink).


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microwave, toaster oven, salt and pepper mills, salt containers, small spice rack, 2 spoon rests (one on each side of the stove), knife block, electric water kettle, bottle drying rack and dish rack, dishsoap, compost canister, box of crackers (or sometimes dried fruit), fruit bowl, phone.

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.



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.I have way too much stuff out on the bench. Must tackle this sooner or later.

 

currently:

 

microwave

bowls in piles

knife block

garlic keeper

4 utensil jars!

food processor

blender

bowl containing kitchen towels

cookie tin

telephone

large container of seasalt

pepper grinder

 

editing to add we also have out:

 

mortar and pestle

kettle (how could I forget that?)

 


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I'm the OP and after seeing everybody's list, I don't think we're too cluttered with junk that shouldn't be out on the counter. I was planning on trying to eliminate a couple things around the stove, but every time I try to put them away they end up right back there. redface.gif

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. joy.gif

This is my kitchen.

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