We'd never make you tuck your coffee maker out of sight if you don't want to (mornings are rough enough as is). But by lifting your MVPs up a level, you clear your counters for meal prep without having to make any sacrifices. See more at The Chronicles of Home » - HouseBeautiful.com
If you feel strongly about keeping all of your most-frequently-used items out and visible (instead of stashed behind cabinet doors) but don't have counter space to waste, add a level of shelves on your backsplash to store those items. See more at The House Diaries »
Rather than leaving your standing mixer on your countertop, install a hidden shelf under the counter and store your mixer there. Leaving it in one easily accessible place makes baking easier and frees up counter space.
As long as you make sure the burners are off (seriously), you can totally reclaim the dead space on your stovetop. Cover it with custom-sized cutting boards to create a second prep zone when you have a sous chef helping you make dinner.