If you’ve been dreaming of a kitchen remodel, finally getting a start date from your contractor is an incredibly exciting moment – but there’s still some work to do. Living without a fully functional kitchen while your remodel is in process always presents a challenge. The good news is, a bit of planning can help ensure the transition doesn’t wreak havoc on your household. Start with these quick tips.
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
Eating out every day will get expensive, so take the time to create a temporary kitchen space where you can make some simple meals. You can do this by setting up a few folding tables, some storage crates, and a few folding chairs in an area out of the way of the construction. Your dining room, a spare bedroom, or even your garage can serve as a perfect makeshift kitchen.
Once you’ve set up your space, bring in a few small appliances like a toaster, microwave, slow cooker, hot plate, and your coffee maker. You may also want to set up a mini fridge and a chest freezer.
Pack Up the Space
Before your remodeling crew shows up, you’ll need pack up everything in your kitchen. It’s helpful to categorize your items as you put them away, using separate boxes for food, appliances, items you use every day, and everything else. Move your “every day” items into your temporary kitchen and put the rest in a safe storage space. Make sure to label every box so you can easily unpack once your kitchen remodel is complete.
Plan Easy Meals and Snacks
It’s easier to make meals in a temporary kitchen than you might think. You can bake items in your toaster oven, make food in the slow cooker, or cook and freeze meals ahead of time so you can easily heat them up in the microwave. If the weather cooperates, try planning on grilling outdoors a few nights as well.
In addition, make sure you have plenty of easy, non-perishable snacks available. This way, you can easily curb your hunger without having to cook a full meal.
Stock Up on Disposables
Without access to your kitchen sink or dishwasher, you’ll need to get creative. This might include washing dishes in the tub or filling a cooler with soapy water and rinsing them with the hose.
Make your life easier during your kitchen remodel by stocking up on paper plates, plastic cups, and plastic utensils. This will streamline clean-up and help reduce stress while you’re displaced.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
It’s easy to get frustrated when living without a kitchen, but keep in mind that all of the inconvenience is temporary. Once your dream kitchen is done, all of the hassle will quickly disappear from your memory.
Start Planning Your Kitchen Remodel Today
Choosing the right kitchen remodeling company can make a major difference in the success of your project. When it’s time to start planning your remodel, put your trust in the experts at Calusa Kitchen & Bath. Our team has years of experience creating dream kitchens while minimizing stress and hassle. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our design experts.