12 Items Worth a Spot on Your Kitchen Counter

In particular areas of my house, clutter just shows up from the blue. The kitchen countertop is a dumping ground for random, misplaced objects left by children and a husband. On any given day I find junk mail, empty grocery bags, the ubiquitous pristine glass of milk and spare change.

I enjoy my countertops lean, so I take responsibility for clearing them every night. As a part of my nightly ritual, I clean that the countertops, wipe them clean replicate all the items for the next moment. I enjoy a combination of practical items and pretty things out on my own countertops, but I am quite picky about my selections. It is a working area, after all, so work comes first. Here are some ideas for countertop styling that looks great and is practical, too.

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Kitchen scale. That is a useful kitchen tool, especially for people who track portion sizes. A scale can also be useful for baking and weight conversions. Scales can be found by you online in every colour of the rainbow and versions.

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Fruit bowl. I maintain a bowl on my counter filled with fresh, seasonal fruit to encourage wholesome snacking.

Silverware caddy. We utilize a silverware caddy for three square meals per day and just leave it to the counter. It makes sense on a countertop near dishwasher or the table.

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Condiment canisters. You can put canisters for wheat and sugar, plus salt and pepper shakers, directly in addition to the counter. These canisters can be glass, tin or ceramic. The styling details are endless, but I propose airtight versions to keep out pests.


Mixer. I know an appliance garage is a useful thing, but I honestly like seeing pellets. I really like the colour and the technology of a mixer. We use ours all the time, so that it creates a counter spot in our house. Try out a baking corner using a mixer, measuring cups and a rolling pin.

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Cookbook stand alone. The book stand is one of my preferred countertop accessories. Use it for a hard-copy cookbook or an iPad using a recipe app. The very best book stand is heavy enough to support even a large book. Consider a cast iron one with felt pads at the bottom to prevent scratching.

See how to make your own book stand

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Oversize bowls. Here is an idea certain to appeal to some but not others. Oversize bowls can occasionally be difficult to shop, especially with standard-depth upper cupboards at 13 inches. I use oversize bowls a lot for pasta and salad. Find the best-looking and thickest one you could and leave it to the counter.

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Herb plant. I like to maintain rosemary on my kitchen counter for the odor and standard softness it attracts to the hard surfaces in my kitchen. Obviously, I snip a bit here and there for cooking. Find a sunny spot on your counter and warm water your plant once a week. Other herbs to try growing are mint and basil.

Watch guides to growing herbs

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Utensils and components. I actually enjoy a container for tall utensils directly next to my cooker. I use a slotted spoon just about every single time I cook, so why not have it at the ready? And I think it’s nice and intriguing to keep oils and salt and pepper directly within arm’s reach.

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Coffeemaker. Another energy appliance in many houses, the coffeemaker does not need to be hidden away. Those who drink coffee daily ought to consider a coffee section for their counter.

Blender. Another kitchen tool available in any colour, a blender is useful for mixing soups, juices and smoothies. My favorite is that the Vitamix Professional Series 750.

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Toaster. My family enjoys toast. I bought the biggest toaster I could find, and there still is a line at breakfast time. The toaster definitely gets a spot on the counter in my kitchen. Keep yours alongside a bread drawer or bin for a complete toasting section.

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