De-Clutter These Kitchens Please

June 21st, 2013 · 8 Comments

Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes.  But cluttered kitchens do not sell homes.

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Cluttered counters tell buyers that this kitchen doesn’t have enough storage space.  What happened to the ceiling light?

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Same house, more clutter.

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Looks like a really nice kitchen.   Too bad we can’t appreciate it due to clutter.

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It’s common sense.  Sigh.

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The great thing is that it doesn’t cost one penny to remove all the clutter.

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Note to self:  politely decline anything offered to eat or drink that’s made with a blender here.

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Suggestion:  less drinking, more cleaning up.

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Would your kitchen look like this if family or company were coming over?  Aren’t buyers like company?  [Trenton, New Jersey]

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Glendale, AZ Homes · Garbage and/or Junk · Other US Cities

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Elaine // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

    At least hide the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and some people are just lazy. It doesn’t take but a minute to place clean dishes in the proper storage location.

  • 2 Picky // Jun 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

    The ceiling light shorted and burned. If they didn’t upgrade the wiring when they did the kitchen, there will be major problems behind the sheetrock. The washer is still in the kitchen so this house is at least 50 years old.

  • 3 mary // Jun 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    what’s with the dead plants in picture 5? Trash them. Do you really need two (2) trash cans in picture 8? I also have never got the storage idea or decorating your kitchen with alcohol bottles on top of the cabinets. Just makes you look like a drunk.

  • 4 Jayne // Jun 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Life seems to center around the kitchen in most households. I de clutter once a week in our kitchen. We had a house with a washer in the kitchen, makes you really appreciate a utility room.

  • 5 Mary Withrow // Jun 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Clutter drives me insane, but it is also distracting to the buyer….

  • 6 violet // Jun 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    very odd placement for the water cooler, and the trash cans on each side of it adds to the eyesore.

  • 7 Wendy // Jun 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

    When I see homes for sale that are this messy, I have to wonder how serious the seller really is. Looks like they are trying to sabotage a potential sale.

  • 8 Kari // Dec 31, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I wouldn’t even consider looking at a house that had 30-40 years of Granny’s crap all over the place. The more clutter, the bigger the turn off. First clue is stuff all over the fridge. Here’s what I get from these photos;

    Kitchen 1: Stuff all over the pass. Builders grade tile in pass. Coat rack in breakfast area means no coat closet, no mud room. House is a starter model from the 80s.

    Kitchen 2/pic 1: Upgrade in the 80s. Pressure-treated cabinets. Ugly, cheap, 12×12 tile. No D/W, and no real place to put one. Very little counter space, washer in kitchen, light fixture burnt up. House is 50-60 years old and might have aluminum wiring.

    Kitchen 2/pic 2: No pantry. Door to garage, or outside? Since the washer is in the kitchen, that looks like an expensive remodel to move the washer and install a D/W to gain counter space. I suspect the new cabinets were installed after a previous water leak and owner took the cheapest route.

    Kitchen 3: Also seems to lack a pantry. Resident finds it necessary to keep small appliances on the counter. Food-stuffs in baskets. This kitchen suffers from poor cabinet selection and design. We also have 12×12 cheap ceramic tile. It’s a good lay-out, but it looks cramped.

    Kitchen 4: Does the D/W work? Why’s the sink full of dishes? The fridge door opens backwards. Those cabinets are dust catchers.

    Kitchen 5: Mid-century house with original cabinets. Cabinet on the left has a bad hinge. Once again, the drain rack tells me the D/W probably doesn’t work. Ceramic knobs and 12×12 ceramic tile. No counter space. Trash bag on the knob tells me the blind corner is unusable.

    Kitchen 6: D/W is 40-years-old and obviously doesn’t work. The kitchen hasn’t been painted in 40 years. The grout hasn’t been cleaned, nor sealed and it looks like the kitchen hasn’t been cleaned in 30 years. I can smell water damage and mold, from here. You know, some soap and bleach would make this kitchen look cute and retro. When there’s so much grime, it shows in photos, that’s bad. I figure there’s cockroach feces lurking in those cabinets, as well.

    Kitchen 7: More dishes on the counter. I’m guessing none of these houses have a working dishwasher. The bottles just remind me that the tops of the cabinets and plant ledges are wasted space and dust catchers. All the stuff on the counters call attention to D/W placement and more wasted space. Really bad lay-out. Is that a chest freezer in the foreground? Once again, 12×12 cheap ceramic tile with dark grout. That stuff has to be mopped every day.

    Kitchen 8: Wow! Formica to the ceiling? Plywood panelling and plastic trim pieces. Vinyl flooring circa 1968. The microwave eats up all the counter space. At least put away the dishes and stash the microwave.

    All these people are showcasing the worst things about these kitchens. My mother had some of those dust-catcher cabinets. She had a cookie jar collection that had to be dusted regularly. Don’t call my attention to stuff I hate.

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