Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and when you're entertaining guests, it's essential to create a space that's “neat, organized and clean, where the meals that feed those you love are prepared,” according to Meredith Corning, event planner at Meredith Events. To achieve this, here are 5 things to tidy up your kitchen before your guests arrive.
1. Put away your mail and say goodbye to clutter
Chances are, you have a pile of mail lying around your kitchen. Chantelle Hartman Malarkey, hospitality aesthetics expert and interior designer, says it's easy to throw mail on the countertop, but it can detract from the receiving space. To avoid this, store it in a mail tray, drawer or side table.
2. Groceries, in their place!
Before entertaining, it's common to do some last-minute shopping. If you're running late or overwhelmed, the shopping bag can clutter your kitchen. Malarkey stresses the importance of storing non-refrigerated items to free up space and give a sense of order.
3. Say goodbye to wires and small appliances
Unused wires and small appliances can quickly clutter your kitchen. Corning warns of the potential safety hazards to your guests and their children. Malarkey advises unplugging appliances quickly and storing them out of sight to visually expand the space. As for appliances such as deep fryers or toasters, put them away as well, unless they are part of your decor.
4. Don't forget your pets' bowls
Your pets' bowls can be a hazard to your guests. Malarkey suggests moving them to a side room to avoid accidents and free up space. This allows your guests to move freely without fear of spilling food or water.
5. Goodbye dirty dishes!
Nothing says you're not ready like a sink full of dirty dishes. Corning recommends never leaving dirty dishes or dish towels lying around when entertaining guests. Malarkey adds that it's important to empty the dishwasher so that you have an unobtrusive storage space for dirty dishes used during the evening. Remember, cleanliness is paramount to putting your guests at ease and giving them an enjoyable time in your welcoming kitchen.
A welcoming kitchen for delighted guests!
By following these 5 simple tips, you'll transform your kitchen into a warm, welcoming space for your guests. Put away mail, groceries, wires and small appliances, move your pets' bowls and make sure your sink is empty of dirty dishes. This way, you'll provide your guests with a pleasant and comfortable setting to spend a great time with you. Remember, every detail counts in creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. So put these tips into practice and get ready to entertain your guests in a spotless, well-organized kitchen!
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