Utensils You Use Every Day
If you’re reaching for a utensil on a daily basis — your favorite spatula, pair of tongs, or wooden spoon — then it deserves a designated spot on your countertop. A utensil crock can boost functionality without adding clutter — but if you really don’t have room, consider mounting a magnetic strip to save valuable counter real estate.
Appliances You Use Every Morning (or Most Nights)
Maybe you religiously start your day with a cup of coffee or tea. Or perhaps your whole family eats toast for breakfast. Appliances you use most nights — such as an Instant Pot — can also live on your counters if you have more counter space than closed storage space. But if you’re really short on square footage, prioritize the items you use in the morning, when you’re most likely to be in a hurry (and in a sleepy daze).