A kitchen remodel is a great investment and is well worth the wait, however; losing access to your kitchen for any amount of time is bound to be an inconvenience to you. You could eat takeout every night but that is both bad for your health and your wallet. Alternatively, you could go with the better option which is setting up a temporary kitchen. Having one is not only a great way to save money but it also helps maintain a sense of normality in your home life while the kitchen is being worked on.
How to Set Up a Temporary Kitchen While Renovating
How you set up a temporary kitchen and what you need varies from person to person but here are the basics you need for some semblance of a normal routine.
Prep meals prior to renovation (freeze in bulk)
Freezing meals ahead of time in case you ever get tired of making meals from scratch in your temporary kitchen is a sure-fire way to both save time and stay fed. Grab some Tupperware containers and prepare some chili, lasagna, or anything else you may want to eat down the line!
Pack up all but the essentials
Because you won’t have much space in your temporary kitchen it’s important that you only keep out what you need. This also gives you an opportunity to clean out your kitchen and get rid of that built-up clutter that often goes ignored.
Select a location for your temporary kitchen (Make sure there is running water and storage)
When choosing a space to cook during your kitchen remodel it’s imperative that you pick one with water. It’s preferable to work in a space that isn’t dusty or that work is going on nearby as you don’t want to cook in a messy environment.
Set up a prep space
Next, you should set up a prep space that you can use easily. You can simply use a folding table or two as replacements for countertops. These will give you a space to work on as well as place small appliances.
Plan your meals
Knowing what you can cook and how you’re going to cook it ahead of time will save you a lot of headaches. A temporary kitchen won’t be able to do everything a normal kitchen can so having a clear idea of how you’re going to work around that through planning is a great way to make it through your kitchen remodel.
Create a dining space for you and your family. This will help normalize the temporary kitchen while also giving you extra space to work if you need it.
3 Ways to Cook Your Meals
Grilling is going to be your best friend if you’re renovating your kitchen during the summer. Due to the fact that most everything will be prepared outside you won’t even have to worry about your kitchen remodel getting in the way.
Not everyone loves microwaving but it is a fast and easy method to prepare your food which is ideal considering the situation. Reheating leftovers, boiling pasta, etc. The options are endless with a microwave so don’t be afraid to use it.
3. Camp Stove
A camp stove is a great investment. A one-plate option with a small canister attachment is more than enough to cook you most foods.
Most Important! Create order and a routine.
If you want to get through a kitchen remodel seamlessly then one of the most important things you can do is maintain order through a routine. Knowing what you’re gonna cook and how will keep the stress away.
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