Oh, heavens. My counter tops are Crowded with a capitol "C."
Coffeemaker and coffee cannisters for ground and whole bean coffees, Kitchen Aid Mixer, a 25 year old Cuisinart food processor, microwave, toaster, blender, an ancient manual juicer,a knife block, big French canning jars filled with staples like flour, sugar, rice, etc., my big splurge: an ice cream machine, a big dish of ripening fruits and tomatoes, another big bowl of Onions, garlic and shallots.
Then there are two catch-all bins. One to hold things from my overflowing "pantry" cupboard and another filled with art supplies.
I used to keep a boom box in there, too, with a pile of cds but that all had to move to make room for the ice cream maker--which I have used like crazy all summer and do not regret in the slightest.
I've also got stuff lined up on top of the upper cupboards, near the ceiling--papermaking supplies and equipment, mainly, but also bakewear that won't fit in the cupboards, including a stonewear cloche for baking bread.
It's rather shameful how crowded it all is but I'm at a loss for how to improve it. I have a lot of cupboard and counter space but only have 2 closets in the entire apartment, so there's no relief to be had there.
A few things get stored in the dining room and china hutch. Wines and liquers for cooking, wine glasses, water pitchers, ceramic tea pots and cups, a pedestal cake plate.
I wish I had more of a minimalist impulse but, alas, I do not.