1. Big fruit bin (but not big enough). I go shopping once a week and usually bring home so much fruit that it could fill two of these bins. One of these days I'll find something bigger.
4. Inside the fridge, the tupperware keeps leftovers neatly stacked and stored away.
7. Meet my small appliance friends. Marie Ricks, an organization guru I've taken classes from, says you should ask yourself about what you keep on your counter, "Is this item a friend or freeloader?” Things that warrant staying on my counters are definitely friends I use often.
7a. My Bosch. We recently got the blender attachment and we now use this weekly for smoothies as well as almost daily for bread, rolls, cookies, and anything else that needs mixing.
7b. My crockpot. It's a little worn and the handle broke off, but this friend works for me, usually once a week or more.
7c. Tucked back behind my bread basket is this ugly duckling -- our large grill gets pulled out two or three times a week to cook na'an bread, regular flat bread, quesadillas, pancakes, and the like. I love it, even if it is is rather hideous.
9. We use this conch shell to call the kids in to dinner. We live near several acres of woods and in the warmer weather, the kids can travel pretty far, catching minnows, exploring, and picking blackberries. They also play with our neighbors. I blow this shell and they all come home. We bought it in Hawaii on our 15th anniversary and I love it. It sits on the windowsill above the sink.
10. Speaking of the windowsill above the sink, it also holds this bucket which serves no purpose whatsoever other than to hold special treasures the kids bring me.
What are some of the ways you've made your kitchen work for you? Any suggestions on where I can get a bigger and better fruit bin? Which kitchen appliances sit on your counters?