We only have one set of salt and pepper grinders in the house, and they’re in use pretty much all the time. We like to have them on hand when we’re cooking, and as well when we’re eating, so they travel all over the kitchen, to the dining room, and also the living room.
I got tired of making trips between rooms with all the little items under my arms, and I also got tired of cleaning up the little piles of ground salt and pepper left on the counters and table after putting down the grinders for the umpteenth time.
I think I got this idea from Martha Stewart, but regardless of where it came from, it’s a keeper.
Find a small dish you like and keep all your table items on it. It makes transportation between rooms and counters a one-trip job, and it keeps the powdered spices off your tables and counters. It’s pretty genius.