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hsmeghan

@celestina89, over the sink . . . duh, of course. I should have thought of that. And I have just about the same collection of things on my counters or kitchen table too, plus a whole lot more -- microwave, radio/CD player and CDs, various canisters and jars, KitchenAid, ice-maker (I am soooo glad I bought this!), coffeemaker and grinder, and a lot of utensil holders since I can't use several of my drawers because mice get into them and it grosses me out, so I keep silverware and utensils out on the counter in containers too.

My drying rack sits on 2 kitchen towels, which I spread out on the counter and replace when needed. The towel space is always bigger than the rack so I lay some items out on the towels.

The most annoying thing about hand washing and putting things out to drain in my present kitchen is that the sink and drain area are under a large double window and in the summer I have a fan on the side where the drying rack is. Teeny tiny bugs get sucked into the fan and come in through the screen and land on the clean dishes. I sometimes have to rewash some of the dishes because of this. (I suppose this would make a good case for the under-counter drying rack.)

Speaking of bugs, since moving to this woodsy area, even though I've lived in upstate NY all my life, I have seen bugs I didn't know existed. Some of them are beautiful, some are quite fascinating, some are very annoying -- like the 3 leafhoppers that were attracted to my bedside lamp last night. Still trying to figure out how bugs always seem to get in and find our headboard!

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Janet Kofoed

We eliminated our dishwasher a few years ago. There are only two of us, and it never worked well anyway, so when we redid the counter top in butcher block, we decided on a cabinet next to the sink instead. I put in a pullout drawer in the top half of the cabinet to hold a drain board and tray, and there is space below it to store my stock pots and bread machine. I have never missed the dishwasher, and I love having the drain board handy but concealed.

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mmccarty2625

One of my favorite things in my new kitchen is a sink large enough to accommodate an in-sink dish rack. It's big enough to hold a wok or large soup pot; I think I got mine at Bed,Bath & Beyond; it's adjustable. Also the flat grid that came with the sink; it serves as another drying rack or just a place to rest dirty dishes before they go into the dishwasher, as well as those that can't.


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