For many homeowners and families, the kitchen is the center of activity in the home. This is where meals are prepared, where members of the family go to grab a drink or a snack at any time of the day. Aside from the meal preparation and food storage, the kitchen is also where many families gather to plan the day’s activities, or talk about how their day is going, or where parents help their kids with homework while making dinner.

More than just an area where meals are cooked, the kitchen has become, at least to many households, the converging point of the home. In fact, you will find many households where the kitchen countertops or bar area is where the family members usually hang out and talk to each other, more than the living room which is usually reserved for television viewing. In homes where there is a kitchen entrance, entertaining friends and family can also take place in the kitchen.

When preparing your home for sale, it is important to neutralize the kitchen as much as possible to allow the potential buyers to see themselves in the space. But at the same time, you also want to highlight the potential of your kitchen area, so you would want to have a thoughtful and creative way of organizing the kitchen, not only for the house showings, but also to assist you as you use the kitchen while the house is up for sale.

Here are some simple kitchen organization tips that may be able to assist you:

  • Hang responsibly. If you have a smaller kitchen area or limited storage space, make use of the overhead space by hanging pots, pans, and other kitchenware over the countertop or center island. Also, you can install hooks and bars in specific corners where you can hang potholders, washcloths, etc.
  • Group stuff according to use. Organize your kitchenware, cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, etc. by grouping those with a similar purpose. Not only will this look more organized, but it will also help you find things much easier when you need them. It also reduces the cluttered look in your kitchen area.
  • Maximize drawers and shelves. Label or group kitchen drawers and shelves, keeping tools, plastic containers, food prep84wrapping and sealing accessories, and other utensils grouped together. Try to keep utensils or tools as close as possible to the area where they are usually utilized, for instance, trash bags close to the trash bin, or baking tools next to the oven.
  • Consider shelf organizers. Different styles and designs of shelf organizers can be found in stores. You can find sliding or hanging organizers and dividers that make the shelves and other storage spaces look neater.
  • Use the right light. Lighting does a lot to make the kitchen look more comfortable and functional. Use the right lighting for work areas. If necessary, install additional lighting such as under shelves or inside cabinets; these are relatively inexpensive but add a lot of flair to your kitchen.
  • Consider colorful baskets and boxes. For kitchens with limited floor and storage space, creativity is necessary to keep things out of view. You can look for 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 as frequently used in baskets, and stack them on top of each other to minimize space needed.

When potential home buyers are viewing the different rooms in your home for sale, they are trying to visualize in their minds what their family or loved ones would look like in the various spaces, what activities would be accommodated, and how their interests would fit in the home should they decide to purchase it. This is why home staging experts always recommend staging rooms as neutral and as broadly-appealing as possible in order to make them visually attractive to a larger audience.

Rooms are very important because they are not just partitions or segments within the home, but they are the living spaces in which the members of the family can rest, have privacy, or maintain their personal areas. It is not always necessary to create gender-specific or age-specific home staging plans for the bedrooms. After all, you do not know the specifics of every single client who will come to your home for viewings. What is advisable is to create aesthetically-pleasing rooms that allow the buyers to see themselves in the space.

What are some common mistakes in staging rooms that you should avoid?

  • Don’t match designs and colors too much. A room that is only decorated using one color or design will look bland, restrictive, and unimaginative. It can also make the room seem smaller, especially if the entire area is decorated in one dark shade such as black or dark blue. Use at least two or three different hues and patterns. For a cozy ambiance, avoid set beddings as well; mix and match for some creativity.
  • Stay away from chaotic combinations of patterns and colors. On the other hand, the extreme of too many unrelatedprep82 patterns and designs should also be avoided when staging a room. Polka dots, plaid or checkered prints, or contrasting colors don’t all have to be used in one space or area of the room. Choose a couple that stand out or go with the overall look of the room, and leave out the rest. As a general rule, you can utilize one print pattern for a mix of solid colors.
  • Don’t over accessorize. Decorating accents and fixtures create a lot of visual impact when used appropriately. But when overdone, they are distracting and do more harm than good in appealing to your potential clients. Besides, personal collections, trinkets, or knickknacks are often too personal and should not be used for home staging. One or two well-positioned accessories are generally okay, but don’t overwhelm your potential home buyers with too much.
  • prep83Get the right furniture. One common mistake is placing the wrong-sized furniture in a room. A bed that is too big for a bedroom will make the space look smaller than it is, and also restrict movement. On the other hand, if it’s too small, the room will look lonely and unfinished. Another usual mistake is placing furniture near doorways or hallways, making movement limited and becoming a distraction as well. Furniture should be functional and also complement the overall space.