My home will never look like a show home. It is always neat and tidy, but I cannot keep the counters clear. This is because I believe that things I use regularly need to be handy. Cooking and baking supplies that I use everyday are either out on the counter (who wants to lug a KitchenAid mixer in and out of the cupboards 4 or 5 times a week?) or in a cabinet near where I use them. The spices and cooking oils are in the cabinet next to the stove. The cooking utensils are in crocks (and one cool tin can) on the counter next to the stove. Dry erase markers for our family calendar are in a tin can (I love re-using tin cans) on the counter next to where the calendar hangs. Keeping things stored neatly where you use them will make your kitchen run much more smoothly. And using creative storage solutions like a lazy susan or decorative tin cans keep counters tidy, while still keeping your daily use items easily accessible.