The new kitchen you have dreamed of is finally coming true. Congratulations!
But hang on, there’s just one small transitional step…did anyone tell you that you might be without your kitchen for a small while? Let’s be honest – kitchen makeovers aren’t pretty in the making.
Of course, the ideal scenario is to leave town while your re-hash is underway. And if this is an option for you, well, by all means, go for it! However, for most of us, life has to go on regardless, and even though you are trying hard to focus on the big picture and remember this is a temporary inconvenience, it’s still a living nightmare.
Survival during a renovation is literally a means to an end. And even if you dine out sometimes, nobody wants to do it for every meal.
So here are some tips to help you through the process:
- Sort out what you actually need to survive for the renovation time. Pack away all unnecessary utensils and appliances and store them ready to go into the new kitchen. You may choose to use disposable plates, cups, and cutlery to reduce the inconvenience of washing up.
- Cook meals ahead of time and freeze them. Of course, this is only going to be an option if you will have access to your freezer, but if it is at all possible, it will be a huge help. There are plenty of recipes that reheat beautifully in the microwave and will serve as a satisfying meal when the time comes.
- Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere away from the mess. You’re going to need easy access to water so how about the laundry? Alternatively, the dining room or a spare bedroom may work for you. Do you have an outside kitchen that you can use? Maybe a garage area or workshop might be just the thing. You need a table to work on and one where you can eat. Don’t forget power plugs for your toaster, kettle, microwave and any other essential kitchen appliances – remember, these are going to be your best friends for a few weeks!
- Write out a meal plan, based on the appliances and cooking means you have available. Your barbeque outside will be a lifesaver too – it keeps the mess and smell out of the house and opens up a lot of different meal options. Having the meal plan written out will help remove some of the stress at the time, especially if you’ve had a hectic day, the whole house seems to be upside down and everything dusty and disorganized.
- Keep a good stock of easy (and healthy) snacks. This is especially important if there are kid’s lunchboxes to fill or the night meal seems a bit skimpy.
Remember, this is a journey to an exciting end and all the hassle and bother will be well worth it. Take photos often so you can monitor the progress (and look back and remember in years to come). No kitchen makeovers last forever and when the process is over, you’ll enjoy your new kitchen more than you ever thought possible. So take a deep breath and get started! If you’re ready to begin your kitchen makeover, why not go to our contact us page and give us a call today.