Preparation: Kitchen



GENERAL TIPS

  • My number one piece of advice is to organize the drawers and cabinets in ways that make it very easy for guests and cleaners to keep things orderly. I used my label maker to label EVERYTHING. Whenever your guests unload the dishwasher or are cooking a meal, they should easily be able to find what they need.

  • Watch Facebook Marketplace for sets of dishes and other kitchen furnishings. We furnished a great deal of this kitchen when I came across a moving sale listing. The woman pretty much sold me her entire kitchen that she couldn't move across the country with her.

  • Buy hand soap at TJ Maxx or Home Goods. The containers are cute and the prices are cheap.

  • Provide extras that aren't expected: wine decanter, coolers, a picnic basket, oil/vinegar, etc.

  • Add some green! Faux and real flowers really brighten up a neutral space.

  • Put a stepstool under the kitchen counter so your guests don't have to hike up on the counters.

  • Provide duplicates of things that could easily get misplaced. (We once walked into an Airbnb after a 9 hour drive, with our bottle of wine in hand, only to find NO wine opener. Do NOT leave your guests without a wine opener!!)

Provide duplicates of things that could easily get misplaced. (We once walked into an Airbnb after a 9 hour drive, with our bottle of wine in hand, only to find NO wine opener. Do NOT leave your guests without a wine opener!!)


TABLE

We chose this table because it is small, easy to clean, and solid. It is HEAVY. Bonus: it doesn't show cup rings.


CHAIRS

I read a billion reviews on chairs and made sure we purchased chairs that were as sturdy as they were affordable. We chose these because they have a modern feel and are easy to clean.


ISLAND CART

The kitchen felt a little empty and, after living in the unit for a few weeks, we felt like our guests really needed additional counter space. (Check out the cute picnic basket on the bottom. I found that for $5 at Goodwill, and it's perfect for taking to the beach!)




DISHES/GLASSES

Be sure to include multiple sets for your guests.

  • bowls

  • plates

  • coffee mugs

  • drinking glasses

  • wine glasses

  • silverware


ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • coffee maker (we also provided flavored syrups, sugar, etc.)

  • food storage containers for leftovers

  • knife block/cutting board

  • mixing bowls

  • baking sheets

  • pots and pans

  • chip clips

  • scissors

  • wine + beer openers / can opener

  • a surplus of cleaning supplies, trash bags, paper towels, etc.

  • anything else you would need to cook a meal

GUEST GOODIES

In the kitchen, we leave our guests with a selection of local brews, muffins, and flavored water.



What am I missing? Drop me a line so I can add it!! :) And don't forget to check out what you'll need for your living room, entryway, and bedrooms.



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