Picking out tiles, choosing the countertop, deciding on cabinets, and thinking about cooking in your dream kitchen are all super exciting parts of preparing for a kitchen remodel; what's not so fun is actually living without the kitchen during the remodel process.
Life without a kitchen is chaotic, not to mention expensive (all those meals out really add up); however, if you plan appropriately, living without a kitchen during the remodel doesn't have to be so crazy and expensive. Here are some tips that will help you prepare for survival during your kitchen remodel.
Set Up a Makeshift Kitchen
Setting up a temporary kitchen will make survival during the renovation a whole lot easier. Your garage or laundry room could work. Bring in one or two of the old kitchen cabinets to use for storage and as a place for meal prep. If the countertops have been removed, a piece of plywood laid on top of the cabinets will work just fine. Bring in a mini fridge and freezer as well as a mini propane cook top (the kind you would use for camping) so you can easily cook meals. You'll be able to eat healthy and save a lot of money on food.
Have a Picnic
Who doesn't love a picnic? While your kitchen is being remodeled, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy plenty of them.
If it's nice out, pack up a picnic basket and head out to a park, or even your backyard, to enjoy dining alfresco. If the weather isn't cooperating, have a picnic inside! Just spread out a blanket on your living room floor and gather the family around for some sandwiches and fruit.
This is the perfect time to get creative with your meals. Bologna and cheese on white bread is fine, but it can get pretty boring after a while. Put your creativity to work and try your hand at whipping up something different. Nix the bread and use lettuce to make a wrap. Liven up a chicken salad with grapes, cranberries, and walnuts. Try coming up with interesting finger foods; mini pizza pockets or hardboiled eggs stuffed with bacon and cheese could be a hit.
Barter for a Home-Cooked Meal
Ask a friend or family member if you can borrow their kitchen. Supply the food and whip up a dish that everyone will love. Oh, and of course, clean up afterward, too. Supplying food, cooking, and cleaning are small prices to pay for use of a full kitchen.
Surviving a kitchen remodel doesn't have to be as challenging as you might think. Prepare ahead of time so you can make the waiting time for your new kitchen as easy and as enjoyable as possible. If you're looking to start your kitchen remodel, consider contacting RDI for help.