I wasn’t able to sleep last night and wound up watching late night TV infomercials. I wound up watching the infomercial on the “Magic Bullet” and wound up having a few questions at the end of it. The biggest question was “How can you call it a party when there are only four people that are all too germ-a-phobic to share cups?” The second biggest is how do we know when we overdid it on kitchen counter appliances.
Sure, there is something to be said for collecting as many kitchen gadgets as you can and piling on them on the counters. Because I have always thought whoever has the most “stuff” at the end of their life wins. Also, you never know when a masked man comes into your home and demands Belgian waffles with fresh whipped cream and a strawberry daiquiri in his own colored cup so he won’t confuse it with any other burglar’s daiquiri.
What you should do is limit the amount of items you keep on the counter. buying new counters can be expensive, and you should show off the ones you have. Personally, I would like to keep it limited to 3 small appliances out at any time, and that means non-over-the-range microwaves as well. If more than 10% of the surface area of the counters is covered by George Foreman grills and Ninja blenders, than you have gone to far.
If you do not use the items more than four times a week, it can go in a cabinet. Unless you are a alcoholic on a Caribbean island with a taste for pina colladas, odds are that you don’t use the blender every day.
My suggestion is limit it to the toaster oven and coffee maker. You want a coffee maker out because if you accidentally drop the hand mixer on your foot at six am trying to pull the coffee maker out of a packed cabinet, it could ruin your day. You want a toaster oven out because it is a little too large to fit in a cabinet usually and you will probably use it a lot more than you expect. Warming up something small, like a plate of wings, tastes better baked than microwaved, but you don’t have to wait forever for the oven to pre-heat.
You don’t have to believe me, but it will make a huge difference in the look of your kitchen.