I am not a realtor, I don't claim to be one, but I do know...kitchens sell houses! This kitchen was nice to start with. Many times all that is needed is some de-cluttering and a few accessories to really make it better.
We are all guilty of keeping too much on our kitchen counters. Face it, when we want to make a cup of coffee the coffee maker is right there. Every now and then we need the blender for a smoothie and it is right there. Toast is much faster when we can just pop it in and don't have to dig out the toaster from a cabinet. We never make hot tea, but the kettle looks good on the stovetop. Isn't that where it is supposed to be? You know the routine. I am guilty of it myself in my home. But for some reason, when shopping for a house we don't want to see any of that. It looks cluttered and makes the countertop space seem very small.
I don't know about you, but the kitchen is such a place that all my family's "stuff" ends up landing. What is in my kitchen?, all the mail ends up there first, the contents of kids' backpacks, newspapers, coupons, etc. No matter what it is, if someone can't find something it is probably in the kitchen. When you decide to put your house on the market this is the hardest area to keep tidy. Once you have a staging professional come in and make the changes necessary, then how do you keep it looking "ready to sell"?
Go to a home store and buy a couple of baskets. You don't have to spend alot of money on these baskets. What I've found is that there are usually 2 categories of things in a kitchen. 1. things that need addressed at some point in the near future. For example, a lot of your mail is in this category. Some things are bills that you need to pay, things that need to be responded to, things that come home from your child's school that need your signature. 2. things that you plan to keep but you don't have time to address right now and/or you don't need to address immediately. In other words, magazines, newspapers, childs artwork, coupons are good ones. If you have other things that fit into another category then just buy another basket. These baskets don't have to be nice "showy" baskets because they really aren't something that you are going to display. Ideally, you can put them into a closet or somewhere out of sight so when your realtor brings a potential buyer through they won't see all the mess. And if they do open up the closet that you put them in, your "mess" looks somewhat organized.
A really easy, cost-effective way to still live in your kitchen and keep it looking
"Dressed to Market".