Family and friends always seem to find their way into the kitchen, whether you want them to or not. They might want to eat or drink something, or they might not want you to be alone while you cook.
No matter what, this room is not only useful, but it is now the center of the home. So, you'll want to make sure that yours makes a good impression.
We talked to people who know a lot about interior design to find out what the first things people notice about your kitchen are. This will help you figure out where to put your efforts.
In line with our idea that the kitchen is the heart of the home, there's something inviting about being able to talk to people while getting a glass of wine or a snack.
You've probably heard that baking cookies right before an open house can help bring in buyers. The same logic works when you have people over.
When you cook, dishes can pile up, but "the first thing your guest will notice when they stop by to drop off that dish or bottle of wine they brought to share with you is whether or not the dishes have been done or not."
The kitchen may have the dirtiest floors out of all the rooms in your house, since everyone walks through it, food spills, and maybe even your pets eat there.
For you, that tray of vitamins, keys, and who knows what else might look like an organized system, but for your guests, it can be off-putting.