Let’s be honest; remodeling projects tend to make homeowners nervous and anxious. As negative as that sounds, and as much as it may make you rethink your project, let us tell you our favorite top five steps to surviving a kitchen remodeling project. Remodeling doesn’t have to be stressful. Some of these ideas will feel more like a camping trip in the luxury of your own home or as if you’re living in a very nice dorm room. Ready? Here we go.
- Plan Ahead: Plan meals for a few weeks in advance while planning your remodeling project. Cook and freeze casseroles or other easy-to-microwave single-serve meals. Store them in small containers that can fit easily into a mini fridge if your refrigerator is going to be out of commission as well.
- Temporary Kitchen: Unless you plan to eat out or dine on fast food for the duration of the project, you’ll need somewhere to prepare meals while your kitchen is out of service. Create a temporary kitchen by following these steps:
- Buy a six foot folding table to put in a room that doesn’t necessarily lead directly to the kitchen. Seeing the kitchen in disarray every day will only add to your stress. Your temporary kitchen should be along one side of the family room or living room for example.
- Buy some inexpensive shelving to put under the table so all other items are somewhat out of the way.
- Move the microwave, toaster, toaster oven, can opener, and coffee maker, and place them on the table. This is their new home until the kitchen is finished.
- Move several easy-to-make foods such as oatmeal, cereal, and canned foods and place them on the shelves under the table.
- Stock up on items such as paper plates, disposable cups and dinnerware, and paper towels.
Be prepared to wash dishes in the bathroom sink while your kitchen sink is out of order. You’ll also need to fill up the coffee maker in the kitchen sink or use bottled water for the duration of the project.
- Don’t Plan Elaborate Meals: We understand that you’re probably remodeling your kitchen because you love to prepare food. Rest assured that we will complete your kitchen as quickly as possible, but we will not sacrifice quality to rush the job. It does take time to create a brand new kitchen, even after the demolition process is complete.
- Keep a Stash of Snacks: Keep things like fresh fruit, dried fruit, crackers, trail mix, and granola bars handy. You will likely find yourself snacking more during the remodel process. That’s okay as long as you make sure to have some healthy options available as well as a few other tidbits here or there.
- Grill Out: Everyone loves a good, juicy grilled steak, burger, or hotdog. Take the opportunity to grill out at least a few days a week. Search online for amazing new grilled recipes that you haven’t tried yet, and give them a go.
We hope these 5 tips for surviving your kitchen remodeling project have come in handy and helped calm your nerves. The project will go by more quickly than you realize if you find a way to enjoy it along the way.