I like to keep my kitchen counters as clear as possible. It seems like there are just some things that are unavoidable. Here is the paper towel holder we have used for years.
Most of the time it looked like this, with a trail of paper towels across the counter.
I picked up this new paper towel holder at Hobby Lobby for 50% off last week. Hooray! More clear counter space. Now if I could just figure out what to do about all those red cups . . .