I recently had the good fortune of mentoring a couple of home stagers here in Atlanta. In one of our sessions, we found ourselves discussing the importance of a kitchen as it relates to the buyer. They had printed off instructions from a website on how to stage a kitchen. The advice, according to this site was to remove everything off of the countertops. Period, end of sentence.
As a professional home stager in Atlanta, I disagree with that advice. Here's why.
This is an example of what a kitchen looks like with nothing on the countertops:
Here's the same kitchen (different angle) with accessories added.
Here's another example of a kitchen we staged. In the case of this home, the homeowner had added a view pieces (yellow pitcher and silver tray in the corner).
Here's how it looked when we were finished. As you can see, we hand selected a few pieces to help make it more inviting.