When I first got married, I kept a variety of very nice looking and "handy" appliances accessible on my kitchen counters. A spice rack, a mug rack, and I can't even remember what else. My kitchen was fabulously convenient... or so I thought. I mistakenly assumed that having everything at my fingertips was the best way to go.
Somewhere down the road - it may have been from Sally Fallon's suggestion in her book Nourishing Traditions, or it may have been gleaned from a subscription to Martha Stewart Living - I decided to revamp my whole kitchen space. The goal was clean, free counter space. My hunch was that an uncluttered kitchen would welcome me back for each meal prep time.
And you know what? It really makes a difference. Since serving healthy food to our families will require some kitchen time, having a joyful kitchen experience is ever-so-helpful. Coming into a kitchen that is clean and clutter-free is so much more enjoyable than a kitchen that lacks clear, clean counter space.
I have my mixer and my blender out because I use them so frequently. Besides those two appliances, I have my others stored nearby on a baker's rack. They are still easily reached, but my counters are clear. After each meal I wash the dishes and wipe down the counters. This way, the next inevitable cooking experience will start off on the right foot.
I do speak from experience here... experience in the joy of a clean kitchen and in the drudgery of a messy counter space. In fact, I am blogging at my kitchen bar facing the breakfast dishes. And I know that starting in on lunch will go so much better if I go ahead and wash the dishes and blender before I move on to the next thing.
What does your kitchen counter look like? Are there things you can store away so that you have a more welcoming workspace?