Today’s blog, we’re discussing the two most important rooms in the house. The Kitchen and the Bathroom.
It’s just natural for family and guests to crowd around or hover in the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home. Annnnd obviously, the bathroom is a room most frequently visited multiple times of the day. So why wouldn’t you consider staging these spaces? These rooms are just as important as the rest of the house. And it’s a seriously simple place that even the most uncreative can do.
It all starts with a simple cleaning and decluttering session; Removing everything off the counters and wiping down the surface. Get rid of the dust, grime, and grease splatters on the stove, counters and backsplash. Don’t forget to declutter! Yes, we’re talking about the toaster oven, standing mixer, blender, coffee maker and other small appliances. This is about making your kitchen look attractive, clean and bigger with more counter space. We suggest maybe leaving ONE smaller appliance on the counter for show. But make sure its clean and not too bulky. Also, find the best place to store away any type of food packages or unnecessary items that may be an eye sore for a potential buyer.
Sometimes there are items in your cabinets that doesn’t need to be there either. You don’t need that big bulky bag of sugar or flour to take up any valuable space for groceries. Find cute little jars or canisters and fill those babies up. Those you can leave on the counter! However make sure that they are food-grade containers (plastic or preferably glass) with a tight sealing lid. This will keep your flour or sugar from absorbing moisture and ensure that insects and other pests can’t get into it. This looks clean, attractive looking and honestly makes you look like you have your domestic abilities down pact (even if you can’t bake boxed cake).
Another staging decorative favorite is cookbooks! Not only are cookbooks still the best ways to learn about cooking and new recipes, but they look super attractive on a kitchen counter. We suggest less than 5 cookbooks. Stack these vertically. You could place them near the side of a cabinet, fridge, in a small basket, a cute little bookend to keep them standing or even place one in a cookbook stand.
You may want to stage the interiors too while your doing this cleaning and decluttering session. Potential buyers love to go through things like opening up the fridge, drawers and the pantry to take a sneak peak at the storage space. This can just be as simple as throwing out old sauces and stale bags of food. Also try to keep your dishes and cups to a minimum. Lighten it up! Overstuffed stacks of plates and bowls create negative space and you want to keep an airy appearance. You don’t need to keep the hundreds of plastic cups you get from amusement parks and baseball games. One last thing about the interiors….We don’t care how big or small your kitchen is….Baskets and containers will fit and store everything you need in a clean, functional way.
Two other favorite kitchen staging tips of ours is cutting boards and faux (or real) fruit. Theres just something about a bowl of bright green or yellow limes and lemons on a counter that people just find homey and inviting.
And last but not least, decorating the table with a beautiful table setting and napkins really is the icing on top of the cake. It’s not a staging necessity, but it really does help.
And now for the bathroom. The bathroom is the simplest place to stage. Its small and only needs a couple of accessories to make a big impact.
Of course we suggest getting that space sparking clean from grime and such before we place our decorative items. Hide the toothbrushes and toiletries in the cabinet and drawer. Nobody wants to see your brush with dangling hair on the vanity. Also keep your shampoo bottles in the shower to a minimum as well.
White fluffy towels, a pretty soap dispenser and maybe a little plant is all you need.
if there’s hooks, Hang a towel. If theres shelf space, roll the towel up. Place a little succulent nearby and add a little cute soap dispenser by the sink. If you have a larger bathroom with a lot of counter space, use those glass jars we talked about before! add cotton balls, soaps, and anything else that needs a place to store small bath items.
Our favorite places to shop and at a great price is at a local Homegoods store. They have such great eclectic section of bathroom goodies that you could pull and piece together.