Living through a kitchen remodel isn’t always fun,
but these steps will help you work around a kitchen in disarray.
- Designate a kitchen stand-in. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that’s out of the way of construction. This will be helpful when you need a spot to make lunches, pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee.
- Winnow down your kitchen gear. Keep things simple and pare down to the kitchen tools you really, truly can’t live without. Stash the essentials close at hand and store the rest.
- Plan meals around small appliances. Slow cookers, microwaves, toaster ovens, electric griddles and skillets, hot plates and coffee makers can get you over the mealtime hump. Move your fridge to your temporary kitchen, if possible; if not, invest in a minifridge and a chest freezer, or borrow them from a friend
- Stock the pantry with disposables. Make life easier by stocking up on recyclable or biodegradable plates, napkins, cups, and utensils. You’ll streamline cleanup and cut down on the stress of your temporary displacement of not having a kitchen sink.
- If the weather cooperates, put your grill to work. Your grill can do almost anything your oven can and works great to roast meat or vegetables, bake pizza and much more.
- Keep a stash of nonperishable snacks. Peanut butter, crackers, dried fruit or fruit leather, canned goods, trail mix and more can make for quick meals in a pinch.
- Leave town for a short time, if you can. If you’re considering a vacation or need to schedule a business trip, now might be a good time, assuming you’re comfortable with the remodeling work continuing in your absence.
- Remember the big picture. In the grand scheme of homeownership, this is but a short period of inconvenience amid years of kitchen bliss. Keep the process in perspective and treat it as an adventure. When you’re hard at work in your sparkling new kitchen, the temporary hassles will fade from memory.
The above information was condensed from Houzz.