A kitchen renovation is stressful enough, but throw in a few hungry people with busy schedules, and chaos can take over fast. By setting up an organized system, you can reduce stress, and still have home-cooked meals on a regular basis.
Here are 4 Tips to Get You Through a Kitchen Renovation
Budget Carefully for Dining Out
With the kitchen out of commission, it’s tempting to eat out or order in every night. But with the household budget already absorbing a renovation project, the expense of dining out can put a huge drain on the remaining cash flow. Decide early in the renovation how much you can spend on restaurants and takeout, and stick to it. By the end you’ll be tired of eating out anyway.
Set up a Temporary Kitchen
First, find a space to set up shop, such as the dining room, garage, or a utility room. Pack up non-essential kitchen gear in storage, then organize the essential dishes and utensils. A good estimate is enough place settings for at least two meals. You’ll also need a cutting board and a few pots for cooking. Keep out the coffee maker, and set out a plastic tub or tray for collecting dirty dishes.
Plan Ahead for Alternative Cooking
Cooking without a stove or other appliances can feel like an episode of Survivor, and sources of heat and water become major challenges.
Set up a cook station with the microwave, an indoor grill or hot plate, and a toaster oven. The toaster oven is a good stand-in for the full-size oven until your Surrey custom home builder or contractor can make room in the remodeled kitchen to plug it in. Include your outdoor grill when planning meals, since it can be a lifesaver.
Creative Ways to Save Food
One of the biggest challenges in any makeshift kitchen is saving food, especially if you don’t have access to a full refrigerator. Borrow or buy a small, dorm-size fridge for storing leftovers. You’ll be reheating a lot and want to take full advantage of takeout, so refrigeration is necessary. A large cooler kept packed with ice in a cool part of the house is another option.
As anyone who’s been through a kitchen renovation, or any home renovation in Surrey can attest, surviving is tough, but everyone gets through it eventually. Whether you have a week or several months, establishing a routine and creative solutions early on will help take stress out of the situation, and keep everyone fed until the new kitchen is open for business.
Have you been through a kitchen renovation before? Do you have any tips that helped you cope?
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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