we have a lovely old one which used to live in the kitchen in our old house but is now in our dining room here - it has plates and cups and saucers on it (which we rarely use), ornaments, cards, photos, pencils,a bowl of champagne corks, post it notes, cds,paint charts,box of tissues etc and in the drawers old cards, bits of paper, tools, proper silver cutlery, and instructions for things like cooker/w maqchine etc - in other words, it is probably full of crap - but where else would it all go and besides it looks really nice !
Well, my 3 drawers are still full of letters etc as I can't throw anything out without dh seeing it incase he needs to keep it!
I made the mictake of once throwing out a bank statement the month we got married (ie: the first time we had lived together) and as he is self employed he was then looked over by Inland Revenue, who thought there was something dodgy that month as we hadn't got the statement & the bank's system couldn't get it either as the mesh had been damaged somehow
So now I keep everything until dh decides he doesn't need it!!
Our dresser is built into the wall so it would be a major job to get rid of it. It's about 150yo and is quite big.
Top shelves are for china (2 sets), mugs on top hooks, keys etc on bottom hooks, odd cut-glass jugs and a few pieces of ancient bone china left over from great-granny.
The 'work top' level has kettle, biscuit tin, fruit bowls, scales, breadmaker, mobile phone charger, laptop and usually some books.
The cupboards underneath have tupperware (hurrah!), pizza plates, cake boxes/stands, preserving pans, jars, extra mugs, ramekins, mixing bowls, etc, etc. The end cupboard is where I keep kitchen rolls, tissues, bags & vases.
So basically I use mine as a worktop and row of cupboards. <that was a biiiig post. Sorry!>
I used the shelves for recipe books, and anything that is display material. The countertop bit was for the fruitbowl; the drawer was much bigger than my fitted drawers, so I used that for bulkier utensils and gadgets. The cupboards were for various serving dishes and bakewear.