Kitchen remodeling can really disrupt your daily routine. When planning to remodel the kitchen, most people don’t think of what happens when the project starts and appliances are taken away and hauled off. How do you keep your family fed and feeling mostly at home during a kitchen remodel? We’ve got the tips and tricks you need to survive until your dream kitchen is installed.
Create a Temporary Kitchen Space
The first thing you should do during kitchen remodeling is create a temporary kitchen space to keep life easy during this time. The garage or basement is a great place to create a small kitchen-like space. If you’re going all out and getting new cabinets, ask your contractor to take those out first and use them as a surface area so you have a counter top. If the cabinets are over the counter, just place a piece of plywood on top to create a counter top. In the event that you’re not replacing the cabinets, a heavy duty and long table will do the trick.
Helpful Kitchen Tools to Survive Your Remodel
When it comes to making the most out of your temporary kitchen space, you’ll need some small appliances to cook up quick, convenient meals. Some options for your temporary kitchen include:
- Crock Pot
- Hot Plate
- Countertop Grill
- Pressure Cooker
- Small Countertop Indoor Grill
- Sandwich or Panini Maker
Great Foods to Stock During Kitchen Remodel
Shop for foods that are more non-kitchen appliance friendly. Pre-packaged wraps, salads, and sandwiches are great to pair with fresh fruits and veggies for a healthy meal. Pick up pre-cooked rotisserie chicken—this is great for those families who don’t have a hot plate or grill. While pre-made freezer meals aren’t the most exciting thing for dinner, they work wonders when you need to get dinner done quickly. There are even loads of healthy breakfast and lunch options out there, as well, to keep the whole family happy and feeling full during your remodel.
Be Super-Resourceful During Kitchen Remodeling
When preparing for a successful home remodelling project, if you don’t have the space for a temporary kitchen, you can still survive it with ease. Ask a neighbor if you can use their kitchen to prep homemade meals that can serve as dinner for a whole week. This is also a great time to heat up all of those leftovers you have put away in the freezer. Be sure to utilize your grill, if you have one. Grills are great for cooking all types of meat, fish, and vegetables. Pinterest can be your best friend when it comes to cooking up some amazing one-pot-style recipes using aluminum foil on the grill.
Meal Planning During the Kitchen Remodel
Even though you are busy prepping for demo-day before your big kitchen remodel, take some time to stock up on the food items you will need to get you through your days of being kitchen-less. Preparing ahead of time for meals can really help you save money during kitchen remodeling. Make a budget for meals out vs. meals in and really stick to it. The more meals you plan before you start the remodel, the easier the transition without your kitchen will be.