Countdown to More Counter Space
Don't have the room to install more kitchen countertops? Then create some virtual counter space with these organization gadgets.
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After that exercise, consider these solutions:
Separate and lift small appliances. For those small appliances you do use fairly often but not so often that they should be hogging the counter, consider a heavy-duty lift mechanism such as the Rev-A-Shelf Chrome Mixer Lift. You install it in a cabinet beneath the counter or sink and rest a small appliance (up to 60 pounds) such as a mixer or blender on top. When you pull the shelf, the lift mechanism raises the appliance to counter top level. When you're done, tug on the release lever and the mechanism lowers the appliance back into the cabinet.
Learn the basics of what can be decorative and durable at the same time on your kitchen counters.