When selling your house, the house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when a realtor is going to want to show your house. Kitchens are often referred to as the “Most Important Room of the House”, so it’s extra important to keep it tidy. Yet, the kitchen can be the hardest room in the house to keep tidy and clean. Below are 6 tips for keeping a tidy kitchen:
START EVERY DAY WITH A CLEAN DISH TOWEL
Don’t use the kitchen towel from yesterday. Fresh, clean towels make a clean working space, pull out a new towel every morning to clean up spills, dry dishes, and set the tone for the day.
MAKE WIPING DOWN COUNTERTOPS THE ONE RULE EVERYONE ALWAYS FOLLOW
If you think about what touches your kitchen counters (mail, money, dirty laundry) you will realize how often they need to be cleaned. Wipe counters down before cooking and after eating so nothing builds up. Plus, this helps clean up the clutter since you can’t wipe down a countertop that has a week of mail piled up on it.
KEEP WIPES WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM
Generally we suggest putting away cleaners when selling your home, but sometimes people need to keep them out as a reminder. Disinfecting wipes can help you stay on top of spot cleaning in the kitchen. After cleaning a spill if the wipe is still good fold it over and wipe off the top of the coffee maker, stove hood, or dishwasher door.
USE LABELED BINS
Storage containers are not just for your office or closet, use them in the kitchen too. This can be especially helpful if you are selling a house with children, they can more easily help keep the kitchen clean when they know where everything belongs.
EMPTY THE DISHWASHER AS SOON AS IT IS DONE
Not emptying the dishwasher ASAP quickly causes a back-up of dirty dishes piling up in the sink. Multitask when possible and empty it while waiting for other things to finish in the kitchen, like boiling water or food that’s heating up in the microwave.
COMBINE EACH MEAL WITH A CHORE
For example, every day after eating breakfast remove the metal stove tops and wipe the surface with a cleaner, or after eating dinner wipe the front of the refrigerator.
Sometimes the extra cleaning can be a little inconvenient, but it will help get your house sold! Complimentary home staging included when you list your house with the Sibbach Team. Contact the Sibbach Team to learn more. 480-588-0514