Prepping for a Kitchen Remodel
If you are starting a kitchen remodel, it might be tricky to know what to do and when. I’ve been there! I know the anxiety ofhaving a big project just around the corner and being too scared to prepare. The very first thing I suggest you do for prepping your kitchen remodel is deciding where to put the stuff. That way you can function while you renovate. Before you start construction you need an action plan for where to keep everything that were in your cupboards. You’ll want to know what you’ll do with the items you tear out (cupboards, counter tops, etc.). Lastly, you need a plan b for eating. Having these items figured out will keep you and your family happier through the construction process.
Where our most important kitchen items are going during the remodel.
So where do you put the stuff in your cupboards? The answer will really depend on your house and where you have space. I live in a small condo now so I will be putting the most important items in the shelves above my washing machine (in a closet off of my dining room/kitchen). The least important items I will be boxing away and putting in closets. One very important piece of advice I will give is to purge while you have the chance! You’re going to have to move everything multiple times, so this is the best time to get rid of anything you don’t use or have too many of. Donate or give the items to friends and simplify your life right now!
Get rid of clutter and you may just find that it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for” – Katrina Mayer
the closet where my rarely used kitchen items are living 🙂
Next you need to decide what you are going to do with the items you tear out of your kitchen. The worst part for me about living in a construction zone is when there is stuff everywhere so that every room of my house is effected by the remodel. To lessen that, make a plan for where you will put your old cupboards, counter tops, stove, dishwasher and sink. For us, most of those items will either be donated to Habitat for Humanity or be thrown away or sold.
Before doing anything, preparation is the key to success”
-Alexander Graham Bell
I know my husband was thinking about reusing some of the cupboards so I am coming up with a plan with him so they don’t sit in my living room for a few weeks. You might need to rent a trailer to dump or donate the items. Make sure that is part of your plan and budget now so you are prepared for them.
If you are going to sell items, make a plan for when your new item will be available so you can list your old appliance a few days to a week before the new one arrives.
Now the big question- how are you going to eat without a kitchen? For us, our fridge and stove will where they are. We are planning simple meals that don’t need a lot of prep (cereal for breakfast, one pot dinners) and are budgeting to eat out while the largest part of the construction is happening. This step really depends on how your family currently eats and what space you have. Planning meals for your temporary kitchen will help with the stress of renovating.
At this point in the renovation process you have come up with a plan for our kitchen (I have tips on this step here), made a budget, made a plan for when you’ll renovation, and started buying items. Now that you’ve gotten the ball rolling I hope that figuring where you’ll have your makeshift kitchen, what you’ll do with the old kitchen items, and how your family will eat without a kitchen makes you feel more at ease and prepared for your exciting remodel!
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