To a lot of contemporary homeowners and families, the kitchen is the center of activity in the house. This is, of course, the area where meals are prepared, where members of the family can grab a drink or a snack throughout the day. But aside from the meal preparation and food storage, the kitchen has also turned into an area where family members gather to plan the activities for the day, or talk about how their day went, or where parents help their kids out with homework in the evening.
Beyond just an area where meals are cooked, the kitchen has become for many modern households, the central point of the home. You will find many households where the kitchen counter or bar area is rhe place for family members to hang out and talk to each other, even more than the living room where television viewing is the usual activity. In homes where the kitchen has a side door or entrance, entertaining friends and family can also heppen in the kitchen.
When staging your home for sale, it is important to depersonalize the kitchen as much as possible so that the potential buyers can see themselves in the space. But also, you would want to, at the same time, underscore the potential of your kitchen area, so a thoughtful and creative way of organizing the kitchen will be an advantage, not only for the house showings, but also for your convenience as you use the kitchen while the house is up for sale.
The following are several simple kitchen organization tips that may be able to help you out:
Items can hang overhead. If you have a small kitchen area or limited storage space, you can use the overhead space by hanging pots, pans, and other kitchenware over the countertop or center island. In addition, you can install hooks and bars in various corners where you can hang potholders, washcloths, etc.
Put similar stuff together. Set up your kitchenware, cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, etc. by grouping items with a similar purpose. This makes the kitchen area look more organized, and also helps you find thingsmore conveniently when you need them. It also reduces the cluttered look in your kitchen area.
Use drawers and shelves to your advantage. Label kitchen drawers and shelves, keeping tools, plastic containers, food wrapping and sealing accessories, and other utensils grouped together. Another great tip is to keep utensils or tools as close as possible to the area where they are usually utilized, for instance, trash bags in a space next to the trash bin, or baking tools next to the oven.
Utilize shelf organizers. Various styles and designs of shelf organizers are available in stores. You can find sliding or hanging organizers and dividers that make the shelves and other storage spaces look much neater.
Select the right light. The perfect lighting can make the kitchen look more comfortable and functional, especially the right lighting for work areas. If you must, install additional lighting such as under shelves or inside cabinets; these are very affordable updates but bring a lot of flair to your kitchen.
For added storage, colorful baskets and boxes are excellent. For kitchens with limited floor and storage space, creativity is necessary for keep things stowed away and out of view. There are decorative boxes or baskets that can serve as storage spaces while doubling as accent pieces in your kitchen area. You can stash items that are not often used in baskets, and stack them on top of each other to minimize space needed.