There’s a great internet debate over which room in your home is the most important, the place you spend most of your time. Feng shui purists swear the living room in the heart of the home. Hundreds of bloggers spend thousands of hours writing about their kitchens and maintaining that it is the soul of a good home. Now, some might argue that this is a silly discussion to have. Who cares, right? Well, I assure you that Realtors all over the country care a great deal. If you’re planning to sell your home, you should too. I want to help my clients present the best home possible to potential buyers. I want buyers to walk into a home, into a living room, into a kitchen and think, “Yes, I can see myself relaxing with the Sunday Times right there.” Or, “this is the perfect kitchen… that huge island begs for cookie baking and recipe testing.” In other words, we want buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the home you’re selling, with little effort.
One of the big stumbling blocks to the buyer’s imagination is clutter and disorder. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be writing about organizing our kitchens and our living rooms. With the help of professional organizer, Lisa York, we’ll help you create, implement and maintain an organizational system for both of these important rooms. I still swear that calling Lisa is one of the nicest things you'll ever do for yourself, but I've heard there are people out there who actually enjoy doing their own organizing. If you're one of them, here are some tips toget you started… and don't worry, you can still call Lisa half way through the job!
Store items by use in cabinets: Arrange your kitchenware by frequency of use, with every day dishes on an easy-to-reach lower shelf and special-occasion pieces up above. Group objects by purpose and assign them to specific cabinets (i.e. bake ware stored together in a low cabinet near the stove or island).
Stow tools efficiently: Store essential tools together within easy reach of your cooking area for efficient food prep. A stainless steel caddy looks crisp on a granite countertop and allows you to store spatulas and spoons in plain sight without sacrificing aesthetics. Keep plastic bags and foils together in a drawer near the refrigerator to make quick work of storing leftovers.
“File” plastic containers: Organize plastic containers and their tops in orderly zones within the same drawer to keep them readily locatable. Lid racks neatly collect the tops to various pots and pans. Consider installing shelf organizers. Sliding shelf organizers make frequently used gear easy to access.
Put china on display: Use glass-front cabinets to showcase your good china, antique bowls, or even canisters filled with pasta. Keep open shelves uncluttered by stashing items in airy rattan baskets.
De-clutter Counters: De-clutter kitchen counters by mounting basics – calendar, phone, to-do lists– on the wall. Too often, counters become the dumping ground for mail, school forms and even our purses and personal items. Purchase a pretty file folder box and use it to store “in-progress” paper work. If you pick up an item, file it, recycle it or act on it.