Look at your kitchen counter. What is it that is cluttering that space
Many of these functions (recycling, charging cell phones, the need the shred mail) are relatively new, but our houses have not made the transition. In my Someday House, I hope to plan smart spaces for these recently developed life functions.
Mail. I envision a mail sorting center, not in the kitchen, but right off it. In the mudroom, say. It will consist of a small, standing-height shelf/desk; not big enough to really sit down and dig in, but big enough to sign a quick note, write a check or address an envelope. I'd love to have an outlet there because I can see-- someday--a small netbook living there where bills can be paid upon arrival. Under the shelf is a shredder to instantly satisfy the desire to shred those credit card offers. Next to the shredder, a basket for paper recycling--especially for the catalogs and unneeded ads. Above the shelf, appropriately tagged mail slots and a place to write messages or pin permission slips.
Device Charging. I saw this idea in a magazine once and have never been able to find it again. It was a small cabinet with a row of outlets hidden inside. Every night, every device sits inside the cabinet, plugged in. It is tidy, everyone knows where to look for the thing, it keeps the cell phones out of the teen's hands late at night and it gets the job done.
What function do you keep moving around, looking for a place for it to go?