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Old 08-27-2014, 07:18 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I have nearby my sink a coffee maker on a nice serving tray along with cream/sugar bowls.
Other side of sink -my toaster,napkin holder and electric can opener then the microwave.

I feel it necessary to keep these items out and handy but sometimes I just wish I could tuck it all away and have nothing except perhaps a vase of flowers on the counters.

Can others tell me your thoughts/method of addressing the issue?

I really only began to think about this when I recently visited a new friend's home and her countertops are BARE. I mean zilch-nothing on them. Not sure how she accomplishes this but it sure made me come home and look at mine in a whole new light. The total barenesss wasn't particularly pretty but it makes me now feel like everything I own is out in plain sight; which it isn't And the items I have on said countertops are used so often during and throughout the day.

There must be a method to the madness that I'm not getting.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Some people don't mind lugging appliances and whatnot from a cupboard or pantry to the counter when they need them.

I'm not one of those people! I want everything within reach; hence, my counters are filled with toasters, coffee makers, kettles, microwaves, food processors and the like.

Even if I didn't want all that stuff on the counters, I don't have the storage space to put away every single appliance. So your friend must have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to cupboard space.

Do what suits you.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:30 PM
 
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The method to their madness is a cabinet that is counter height. They just open it and slide out the coffee maker or toaster. The microwave is usually in a cabinet somewhere. Plus, your girlfriend might have cleared her countertops for your visit.

If it's not easy to store things away in your cabinets, clear countertops is not a goal I'd strive to achieve. I prefer things to be readily accessible. There's no way my husband would be pleased with pulling out the coffee maker every morning.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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we have a glass coffee pot on the stove, always.

and the small counter space next to the stove is the 3 canisters, with sugar, coffee and tea bags.

nothing anywhere else. but I say, if you need it everyday, keep it out, who cares, make life easy for yourself.......hence my coffee pot always on the stove.......
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Mine are pretty bare. The following is out all of the time:

- electric tea kettle
- toaster oven
- kitchenaid mixer
- soap dispenser by the sink

My other kitchen electrics get pulled out when they're needed and out away when they're done. I bought a small hutch or cabinet with doors where I store stuff like the food processor, the ice cream machine, etc. Keeps it nearby but neatly tucked away.

I don't keep napkins, paper towels, etc out. My kitchen is pretty small and I have to keep it pretty bare to keep it from being too cluttered to use.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have a large kitchen, but not too much counter space.
Plus I dislike visual clutter.

So I keep things pretty clear.

A crock with utensils near the stove.
Soap, dish-washing liquid in a decorative bottle, and upright cutting boards in a small easel on one side of the sink.
A teapot and a crock of sweetener on the hot water dispenser side of the sink.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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I have nearby my sink a coffee maker on a nice serving tray along with cream/sugar bowls.
Other side of sink -my toaster,napkin holder and electric can opener then the microwave.

I feel it necessary to keep these items out and handy but sometimes I just wish I could tuck it all away and have nothing except perhaps a vase of flowers on the counters.

Can others tell me your thoughts/method of addressing the issue?

I really only began to think about this when I recently visited a new friend's home and her countertops are BARE. I mean zilch-nothing on them. Not sure how she accomplishes this but it sure made me come home and look at mine in a whole new light. The total barenesss wasn't particularly pretty but it makes me now feel like everything I own is out in plain sight; which it isn't And the items I have on said countertops are used so often during and throughout the day.

There must be a method to the madness that I'm not getting.
I only leave out what I use daily...Otherwise I keep my counters bare, everything has a home, plus I hate clutter .. Easier clean up.. Our youngest daughter pictured ..

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Old 08-28-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Niagara Region
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I have a small kitchen without too much counterspace but we both work at home so it's always being used. I try to keep it uncluttered but it seems impossible. Permanent items are canisters for coffee and teabags, jar with cooking utensils, electric kettle (soon to be demoted to a cupboard or the basement because we're adapting to Keurig tea!) and dish soap in a nice glass dispenser.

Temporary items (I just looked and it's dreadful) sugar bowl, 2 lemons, salt and pepper shakers, a tiny dish of softened butter, a bowl of garlic cloves from my neighbour's garden, a bowl of tomatoes, and a cell phone charging in the electrical socket.

There's a much smaller counter top on the other side of the kitchen, more like a little alcove, and that's where the Keurig and toaster live. Actually as I'm writing this, (thanks, OP) I think I should move the teabags and coffee over there and make it a coffee/tea station where the sugar bowl can live as well. Exciting stuff. lol
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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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!
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:38 PM
 
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I have a tiny kitchen and only have the coffeemaker out at all times.

Everything else has to be put away.

One day, if I ever get out of the tiny kitchen, I think I will pretty much keep my countertops pretty bare because I don't like clutter and even if it doesn't look like it, it still bothers me and I like everything put away. For me it just feels better---for others, they might like more stuff out.
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