So, heard that you are looking to remodel your kitchen?
Well, that’s great – but wait.
Remodeling a kitchen is not that easy – well, there’s the option of you fleeing away when all the noise and cacophony is going to surround you, but more often than not, it’s not that feasible, in short, you may have to survive through remodeling a kitchen, and live to tell the tale.
Be prepared for what’s about to come
Okay, so, you should know in advance that remodeling a kitchen is going to be a messy affair and well – noisy, a bit more than you can admit.
For a few days, you have to bear with walking barefoot in your kitchen – after all, there are sure to be unexpected delays, nasty surprises and what not! Well, it happens to the best of us.
In such cases, instead of losing your head, it’s advised that you should try to let go of control, and instead focusing on either yoga or meditation is a good idea. Get out of the war zone – ah, we mean, your home – and consider heading off to a park for relaxation.
Making preparations and getting organized
Before you decide to declare war on your kitchen, take some time out to do the following two things.
- Arrange for movers to pack up your kitchen orderly – it’s going to be a big task, and you will not be able to do it alone.
- Remember your fridge – you need it to store your food items, so, make sure that it is always near you. If possible, consider a place where you can plug the fridge outside your kitchen.
Setting up a second kitchen
Since your main kitchen is going for a makeover, you may as well set up a mini second kitchen in another room in your home, and consider including only the necessary items for the mini kitchen that you are going to need daily.
Slow cooker, coffee maker, toaster, oven, electric frying pan are some of the worthy inclusions.
So, now, leaves the clean-up part – and this means, you will need to set a dishwashing tub – look for a convenient place where you can clean up your dishes – and under no conditions, are you allowed to wash your dishes in the small and beautiful sink in your bedroom. We say – leave it alone.
Thinking up a menu plan
Since you will have to make do with a makeshift kitchen for a few days, it is recommended that you avoid opting for messy foods such as batter and instead including food items such as toast, sandwiches and such; even soup and cereal are also great ideas.
To make things even easier, it’s recommended to buy only such food items at the grocery store that is easy to clean up, and where you can stick your spoon in.
No mess and easy to clean up.
Cleaning up immediately
You have got your makeshift kitchen, and we hope that you have designated a special space for your temporary sink – so, it’s of utmost importance that you should keep detergent, a scrub brush plus a dish towel by the sink’s side.
You should also consider a food trash bin and which should have a lid to keep all the pests and odor away. Clean up your utensils as soon as you are done with them – dry them, and remember to put them back to their designated spots.
Creating a list of the things to leave out
It’s your kitchen that’s going to be remodeled, so, you have to make sure and create a list of things that you are going to need – and what you are not going to need (at least for the time being); because once everything is packed up, you are not going to find anything you need, and will only be able to do so after everything is unpacked.
Surely, you are not going to need wine opener, silverware, large trays – it’s your kitchen, you know what you need and what should you leave out, right?
What about paper and plastic?
Many people like to survive on paper and plastic plates and silverware – but think for one minute, you will need numerous pieces for each day for each family member for all the days the kitchen is renovated. Combine all of them, and it’s gets expensive, plus, also, it’s not good for the environment.
If that’s what you want to go for, there’s no issue, but opting for kitchen utensils are the best since you will be able to clean them up as soon as you are done – and you also don’t have to deal with paper and plastic trash.
Consider removing the unused items
Just because you used to have it in your old kitchen, it doesn’t mean that you are going to need it for your new and beautiful kitchen – we are talking about your unused kitchen utensils.
When remodeling your kitchen, you will come across a few kitchen items that though there were simply there in your old kitchen, but you never found any use for them – so, think like this, are you still going to need that in your new kitchen.
Obviously not – so, why not, leave those out? You can consider keeping a box ready and put all of your unused kitchen items there, and if possible, you can hand them to someone else who’s going to need it.
Consider designating a construction-free room
Before going all out for your old kitchen, it’s a good thing to remind the workers of the room that you have designated as your space – tell them that it’s off-limits, and that means, it’s a big no-no for storing tools, supplies and any other things that the workers are sure to spread them to the other rooms.
Setting up a table for eating
Okay, we don’t have to remind you that you will need to set up a table for all of your family members to eat – you are not to eat either on your sofa or even your bed; just imagine if stains get on there, yeah – you don’t want to imagine the nasty scenario.
You can either make do with screened-in porches or even porches will do during calm weather; you also have the option of setting up a card table as a dining table and add to that a nice and pretty tablecloth, and you are done.
Just remember to clean up any crumbs (if they have fallen, that is) after your meals.
We are pretty much sure we have covered up all the important points that you need to know when remodeling your kitchen – after all, without any adequate preparations, it’s not going to happen, and the whole experience is going to be a nightmare.
Just take note of the above-mentioned points, and you will be good to go – we can assure you that!