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Old 08-28-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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thanks all for your input.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:58 PM
 
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My permanent items are a coffee pot, toaster, container holding utensils near the stove, hand soap, and a fruit bowl with various fruits. Everything else gets put away when the kitchen is cleaned. The sugar is in the cabinet above the coffee maker with the coffee. The tea and flour are in the pantry because they aren't used often. The salt and pepper are in the spice cabinet. The butter is in the refrigerator.

I wouldn't call it uncluttered and cleared. Everything ends up in the kitchen. We're constantly putting things away. If we were having guests, chances are they'd think it was uncluttered because we'd clean the kitchen before they arrived.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: CO
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I'm not of the minimalist school and I like things around me so they're handy. I love WildCard's kitchen but I would have to decorate it a bit. Aside from the usual toaster, microwave, and a crock to hold utensils, I also have a couple of topiaries under the window, a large wooden plate rack holding everyday plates (I rotate these seasonally), a pewter bowl that holds fruit, and on the stovetop a big blue enamel cook pot that looks nice and doesn't fit in the cupboards anyway.

To be honest, the work table in the middle of the kitchen holds a few doodads as well, two big ceramic roosters, a potted plant, the mail and whatever else lands there. Oh yeah, there's stuff! But I like it that way.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I had a ton of counter space in the house I just sold so I tended to keep a lot out. It was a little cluttered but not nearly as much as it should have been given how much counter there was.

My under construction home is a total 180 - I will have just 2 small (standard 2 door cabinet width) areas of counter, plus a double island. I will definitely keep my Breville oven on the counter, and a crock with cooking implements. And on the island, I will keep my stainless dish drain, a dish soap dispenser (attractive clear/silver tone) and paper towel holder. These are all things that I use daily and know it would be excessively frustrating to me to not have immediately at hand. Probably also the decorative bowl I toss my keys into when I get home as the island is the first surface I'll hit walking into the house from the garage.

But everything else will need to be a "let's see how this works" decision and probably a long time work in progress to figure it all out.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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and of course now that I posted the above, I am re thinking. I googled kitchen island sink dish drain and realized that no, I will not want it there. But some good ideas like using a drying towel (I forgot I actually do have one already, although not the right colors for the new kitchen), finding a dish drain that can fit into the sink and using command hooks on the inside of the cabinet below the sink to hang the drain from when not in use.

So basically, forget anything I've said as a prediction for what I'll do in the new house. I am going to have to wait to see things in place to figure out what's right.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:10 PM
 
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After 20 years, I finally have a dishwasher. I haven't missed the dish drain. It's stored in my sink cabinet, and I haven't taken it out in months. I'm doing dishes less often now too. I just rinse them and don't run the dishwasher until it's full. I'm saving tons of money on water now. My husband not believing dishwashers save water and energy is one of the reasons it took me so many years to get a dishwasher.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:02 PM
 
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I'm not of the minimalist school and I like things around me so they're handy. I love WildCard's kitchen but I would have to decorate it a bit. Aside from the usual toaster, microwave, and a crock to hold utensils, I also have a couple of topiaries under the window, a large wooden plate rack holding everyday plates (I rotate these seasonally), a pewter bowl that holds fruit, and on the stovetop a big blue enamel cook pot that looks nice and doesn't fit in the cupboards anyway.

To be honest, the work table in the middle of the kitchen holds a few doodads as well, two big ceramic roosters, a potted plant, the mail and whatever else lands there. Oh yeah, there's stuff! But I like it that way.

Hi~~ I used have some really pretty canister set from Italy, very vibrant colors I loved em displayed them in our older kitchen, it brought life into it and was badly needed but when we remolded the kitchen five years ago the new counter tops have a lot going on, so the canister with all their color were overkill..
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:34 AM
 
Location: MA
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If I don't use it daily, or almost daily, it doesn't get to sit out on my counter. That's the rule in my kitchen; just don't look in my office!
This! (And I think we have the same office )

For years I kept the Kitchenaid mixer on the counter because it weighs 8000 lbs and I didn't have a lot of cabinet space and honestly because it was kind of trendy. But it just didn't get enough use to justify all of the counter space. I have it stored now and it's a pain to pull it out but the periodic pain of that beats the daily pain of always having it in the way.

We replaced it with canisters to make a little tea/coffee station next to the bread box, toaster and electric kettle. Still cluttered but we use all of those things all the time and it saves several steps every morning to have everything right there.

I've heard the golden decorating rule is something like no more than 3 countertop appliances? YMMV though. We have a hood mounted microwave now but I remember what a countertop space hog those standalone ones are.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I like my counter as bare as possible. I used to keep my unsightly white toaster in a cupboard, but got tired of dragging it in and out, so it's out unless I'm having company. Otherwise, there's just the coffeemaker, a crock full of knives and other small utensils (inst thermometer whisks), a telephone and a crock full of pens.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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My kitchen is a galley, with the stove and sink across from each other in the middle and the fridge at one end. The kitchen counters are divided into 4 spaces: on the sink side the "morning" area and the prep area, on the stove side the actual work area and the plating/holding area. Each area is a little over 4 feet of counter space.

The morning area has a Keurig, an espresso machine, a milk foamer and a toaster. Those are always out because they are too big to go anywhere and I don't have space for a separate appliance cabinet. The only thing out at the sink is the automatic soap dispenser (Simple Human brand - love that thing), the rest of the soaps, scrubber, sponges are below. The cabinets above the morning area are plates, dishes, serving bowls and platters. The dishwasher is below.

The prep area has nothing out. The cabinets above are storage containers, mixing bowls, spices, mise-en-place bowls. The drawers below are silverware, chopping boards, plastic wrap/foil/parchment paper. The cabinet below is all of my baking dishes.

The work area has one of those bamboo skewer knife holders with my four favorites knives (the rest of the knives are in a knife drawer below), a salt cellar, the pepper grinder. There are no cabinets above. Two drawers of misc utensils, by function, with a lot of dividers and one knife drawer. Below are big sliding drawers with pots, pans and lids.

The plating/holding area has two steel trivets for cooling, the old Bauer jar with my favorite wooden stirring spoons and a steel two tier basket for fruits and veggies. in the two big slide-out drawers (now with heavy-duty hinges) are my cast iron pans and dutch ovens. No cabinets above.

Next to the fridge at one end is the food pantry (which also holds the mixer, food processor, electric slow cooker), which is not quite twice the size of the fridge.

I've worked hard on this layout and it needs tweaking, but that is my theory. My counters are not bare, and the "morning counter" is a bit cluttered, but they are quite functional.
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