Here are a few things I keep on my kitchen counters....
I find we eat a lot more fruit if we see it often. So I try to keep fruit that lasts longer, like apples and oranges, on the counter instead of in the fridge. I use this three tier platter from IKEA. I like it because it is easy to clean. You can even take it apart and wash it in the dishwasher if needed.
Usually, I keep the white drying rack in one sink. It's out of the way, and ready to air dry dishes anytime.
The brown drying rack has a white baby bottle drying rack on top of it. In our house, we use a lot of bottles and sippy cups. I find it easier to hand wash these items rather than throwing them in the dishwasher. After the bottles are washed and fully dried, I put them away in a cupboard to minimize clutter.
I used IKEA containers on the side of the kitchen cabinets for plant hangers. I love the way these containers brighten up our kitchen!
I received these canisters as a wedding gift a few years ago and they are great homes for pasta, rice and flour. Another essential at our house are cookies! The clear cookie jar has a sealing lid that stops the cookies from drying out. I like the fact that it is clear so I can easily tell when it needs to be refilled.
By the stove, I like to keep cooking utensils within reach. I've had the white containers for years, and don't even remember what store they came from. The red container is a flower pot I re-purposed to hold smaller utensils. I like the color this small pot adds to the kitchen, but the poor thing is always getting knocked over, spilling utensils everywhere! I'm hoping to create a new solution this week to solve my problem!