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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Cheryl

    I like everything put away into their own little cabinets or drawers.

    1. Cheryl

      pots and pans in the stove tho.

  2. Christine

    I’m a mix of both. Things I use on an everyday basis I like to keep out on my shelves and the daily-used utensils sit in crocks (some I picked up in Lancaster PA yard sales!) are on the counter tops and on near my cook top. Other things that get used less often I keep in cupboards and cabinets.

  3. Helen

    I have tools sitting in clean flower pots on kitchen island.

  4. Wendy P

    I would put more stuff away if I had the cabinet space, but my kitchen is tiny so a lot of stuff has no where to go but on what little counter space I have. I also store most of my small appliances in the basement, and the basement serves as my pantry. It makes for a lot of running up and down stairs when I’m cooking!

    I do like to keep my spoon, spatulas, and whisks handy in crocks on my counter, and the iron frying pans I use every day hang from a rack.

  5. Angie Yoder

    I keep my daily use items in a collection of hobnail glass pitchers that I’ve collected over the years, along with my grandmother’s red Fiestaware pitcher that was a wedding gift to her and my grandfather. I keep larger things, like pots and pans, in my cupboards, and I keep only occasionally used items like the waffle maker or the pressure cooker, down in the basement laundry room in a storage cupboard my husband built for me.

    In the last photo, I love the tomatoes lined up in the windowsill. My grandmother always did that, my mother did and now I do too. In the summer, when the sun hits them, they smell so wonderful and fresh!

  6. marge nistler

    I do the same as Christine. Had extra cupboards put in after we bought this house.

  7. Carolyn

    Most of my utensels are in a couple containers on my counter. Especially the things I use all the time. Toasters and other little appliancess are kept in cupboards. I like my counters basically unclutered. It makes life interesting to see how other people live.

  8. Carolyn

    The clean flower pots sound like a great idea. A person could decorate them however they wish.

  9. Donna Leitner

    All my pots, pans, and appliances are put away because we are fortunate to have kitchen cupboards are from the floor to the ceiling. The upper cupboards all have the doors removed and we display beautiful floral dishes,platters and pitchers surrounded with greenery and matching silk flowers. Our kitchen is painted jadeite green with accents of pinks, yellow and a touch of lavender. I collect jadeite and love all the soft colors that have been hand painted on old floral dishes mixed in with the jadeite green. On the extra deep counter tops we have our whisks and utensils in green ceramic flower pots but also haveadditional dishes here and there on display too. I found a pale green metal and wicker baby scale at a flea market and have the weighing basket filled with assorted smaller pieces of my .jadeite collection.Over the years we have added a vintage jadeite milkshake maker,a pink ice crusher,and an old mixer that uses the jadeite mixing bowls.My husband and I both cook all the time and feel very blessed to be in our pretty kitchen surrounded by the things we enjoy.

  10. Mary Ingram

    All of my stuff is in drawers, or behind doors. I think if stuff sits out it gets dusty, & would have to be washed before you use it

  11. Tiffanie of Truly Skrumptious

    I’m a bit of a mix. Like you, I like to see everything, making it easy to grab and go. But I also like the tidy look of everything being put away….


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