I saw a neat idea in a magazine once where someone used a ceramic jar to hold dirty towels in a kitchen till they can get them to the laundry room.
Our kitchen is a floor away from the laundry room, and somehow towels just pile up while awaiting *someone* to take them upstairs.
So... I found a solution. I didn't have a large ceramic jar to sit on the ground out of the way. Instead, I used a small popcorn tin and painted it. Added a few vinyl letters... and Wah-lah. It almost blends into the counters, and it hides the towels!