You’re just a few days away from your long-planned kitchen remodel when the realization hits: Life is about to turn chaotic. Pretty soon you may be preparing breakfast in a construction zone and washing dishes in a bathroom sink. Sure, you can avoid these inconveniences by dining out, but going to restaurants every day can put a serious dent in your wallet. Then there is the mess and noise to consider. How will you handle the upheaval without losing your cool?
First, take a deep, relaxing breath – and for the duration of your remodel, do so every time you feel the stress rising. Surviving a kitchen remodel is as much about mindset as it is about planning, and part of that planning is relinquishing control and finding a calm place mentally, day after day until the remodel is completed.
Now, that you’re nice and relaxed, here is a simple plan you can utilize to help make your project a less stressful experience:
Set up a makeshift kitchen
A garage, basement, utility room, or some other place with a sink will serve this purpose well. Equipment that may prove handy for preparing quick meals includes your coffee maker, toaster oven, slow cooker, and portable electric grill. After your old cabinets have been ripped out, ask your contractor to place a few in your temporary kitchen as storage for dishware, utensils, and small appliances. You can also keep small items in clear plastic containers or sturdy boxes that you label accordingly. When it comes to items you use only occasionally, box them up and put those boxes in an out-of-the-way area.
Think about refrigeration
If there’s an old refrigerator or freezer in your garage, stock it with all the food items you think you might consume during your remodel. Also, you may want to prepare meals in advance and freeze them in portions small enough to be defrosted in a microwave.
Explore cooking options
If your remodel takes place in warmer weather, use your outdoor grill whenever possible to cook or warm your meals. Or, you could use a friend’s kitchen in exchange for a home-cooked meal for which you supply the ingredients.
Dine out wisely
Realistically, during your remodel, you may need to eat out occasionally, so put some money aside for restaurant expenses. One practical way to save is by clipping coupons for restaurants and takeout.
As Long Island’s premier remodeling company for more than 70 years, Alure Home Improvements understands that your kitchen isn’t just a place you cook meals; rather, it’s the heart of your home, the living space where family and guests naturally congregate. Contact us to learn how we can help you create an inviting, highly functional kitchen with all the features you want. Or, better yet, visit our expansive showroom and browse the life-size displays of cabinets, countertops, fixtures, and flooring materials we install for our highly regarded kitchen remodels.
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