Remodeling a kitchen is a long project, one that seems to take over your life for many months. If you’re not planning, you’re living in the midst of a construction zone or you’re doing clean up.
It can be hard to envision the finished product, and far too easy to get discouraged along the way. If you’re struggling to see how you’ll ever get to the end, there is hope for you. There are ways to find sanity throughout the project and hold onto the finished product as a goal.
Keep reading for ways to survive a kitchen remodel.
Order Supplies Ahead
Be sure to talk with your contractor about the items you’ll need. Order enough that you won’t face a restock partway through the project. This can cause supply problems like backorders or unavailability if you have to match color or texture.
You’ll avoid delays and frustration if you order what you can before the project starts. If storage space is an issue, try getting a small trailer to store supplies outside your home.
Designate a Temporary Kitchen
Plan ahead for your kitchen project. You’ll need a mini-kitchen, or at least a place to prepare meals and store kitchen supplies.
You won’t stop eating while your kitchen is undergoing its transformation, so you’ll need a bare minimum of things like dinnerware (try paper and plastic!) and cooking tools (the microwave is your friend!).
Do NOT Pack Crucial Items
Part of setting up your temporary kitchen is making sure it’s well-stocked. Don’t pack the crucial items you’ll use every day.
Consider keeping your fridge out, or using a mini-fridge. You’ll also want things like your microwave, toaster or toaster oven, and slow cooker.
Make Easy Meals
Eating out more while you’re remodeling is a great solution. It can also be an expensive one, and one that your family will grow tired of quickly. Instead of working through every takeout option in the area, try meal planning for easy, quick options you can cook with your limited supplies.
Scrambled eggs and bacon can both be made in the microwave. Get fun spreads and toppings that don’t need to be refrigerated to dress up toast.
Use your toaster oven for modified grilled cheese sandwiches at lunch, and microwave soup to accompany them. Use your grill outside to handle dinner. Cereal is a great bedtime snack.
How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel without Hiccups: Snack Stash
Keep a stash of non-perishable snacks during your remodel. Put them in an easy-access place in your temporary kitchen. Large containers can work, yet the individually packaged ones are even better because you don’t need a serving dish.
Adults who are trying to prep dinner in the midst of a construction zone will appreciate a no-prep snack while they cook. It’s a lot easier for kids coming home from school if they know what’s available.
Remodel projects add stress to the family dynamic. If you keep quick snacks around, you’ll avoid extra stress that comes from being hangry, a science-backed problem.
A Brand New Space
By the time you get to the end of your project, you shouldn’t feel like you’ve been through a hurricane. If you use the tips above, you should be able to survive a kitchen remodel without pulling your hair out.
From ordering ahead to a no-prep snack stash, communication is key to getting the project done.
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