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How to Prepare Your Kitchen for a Remodel

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Preparing your kitchen for remodeling can be a time-consuming and disturbing experience for your whole family. Kitchen renovations can take 1-3 months to complete depending upon whether you want to renovate the entire kitchen or just a section. Preparing your kitchen for a remodel makes it unusable and inaccessible for the project’s duration. Once you have got the demo or start date from your contractor, preparing your kitchen for a remodel is essential so you and your family can easily survive. You must ensure proper kitchen remodeling planning to keep your family hassle-free.

Worry no more if you’re unsure how to prepare your kitchen for a remodel. We will guide you with the essential planning you can do to prepare your kitchen for construction.

Clean Up Your Existing Kitchen

The first thing you need to consider when preparing your kitchen for remodeling is to pack up your existing kitchen effectively. During remodeling, your decorations and breakables can fall off, so you need to secure them properly to keep yourself away from stress. Sort out your loose items such as glasses, mugs, utensils, decorations, food, and counter appliances, including blenders, microwaves, coffeemakers, and other essentials and prepare them for packing. It would be best if you packed up all your essentials in a categorized manner to make them easily accessible.

You can categorize your essentials into four major parts, pack away, food, everyday use, and appliances. The food category will contain all the necessary food items you need to survive when your kitchen is under construction. The appliance category can contain your countertop appliances such as waffle iron, microwave, and blenders. The everyday use category will contain all the necessary items you need daily, such as cooking pots, frying pans, utensils, plates, glasses, and other items. All the items you don’t use daily can be placed in the pack away category.

Tips for Cleaning up Your Current Kitchen

  • Pack up your breakable collections effectively to keep them away from any hustle and bustle
  • Set up a temporary kitchen before demolishing the existing one
  • Keep your everyday essentials in an easily accessible area
  • Label your storage boxes so you can find your required items easily
  • Keep your mail and bills secure to avoid any stress after kitchen remodeling

Set Up a Temporary Kitchen

When you prepare your kitchen for a remodel, it does not remain usable for a specific period. Setting up a temporary kitchen is important to survive when your existing kitchen is not accessible. You’re in luck if you have another kitchen at your home. But if you don’t have an outdoor kitchen, you can easily set up a temporary kitchen. You can use any spacious dining room or living area to set up a temporary kitchen. You need to ensure creating a separate place with enough supplies to survive for the duration of your project.

Tips for Creating a Temporary Kitchen Station

  • Use a spacious and convenient area to create a temporary kitchen station
  • Move your mini-fridge or refrigerator to a place close to the water source
  • Put the microwave on a table and place it in a convenient space
  • Prepare microwaveable frozen dinners
  • Keep your everyday use items handy such as garbage bags, paper towels, utensils, dishwasher soap, and napkins.
  • Keep all the small appliances such as small electric grills, crock pots, hot plates, toasters, oven toasters, basting tools, coffee pots, and other essentials.
  • You can keep your essential and everyday use items unpacked if convenient

Categories Your Food Items

When you prepare your kitchen for a remodel, always store enough food items in your temporary kitchen station that can sustain you during the period of your kitchen remodeling. You can categorize your food items according to your needs and requirements.

During your kitchen remodeling, you will not have water in your kitchen for a specific time. So, you can plan to do the dishes in another place closer to the water source. Alternatively, you can use disposable items such as paper towels, paper plates, and cups to make your life easier. Having all the essential food items and appliances in your temporary kitchen station is crucial to keeping yourself as stress-free as possible. Ensure keeping the following items aside even when you’re using disposable utensils;

  • Knives, forks, and spoons
  • Scissors
  • Wine corkscrew
  • Peeler
  • Can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Coffee mugs
  • Freezer bags
  • Trash bags

It is great to prepare microwaveable meals and stock them for use during the remodeling period of your kitchen. If you don’t have potable stoves, you can use a crockpot, electric skillet, or microwave to cook frozen meals.

Keep Your Cleaning Tools Aside

When you prepare your kitchen for a remodel, it is crucial to keep all your cleaning tools in a convenient space. You can keep the following cleaning tools aside to ensure proper cleaning even during the period of your kitchen remodeling;

  • House cleaners
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Dishtowels
  • Disinfectant wipes

Disconnect Lines from your Existing Kitchen

Disrupting all the important lines from your existing kitchens, such as electric, gas, and plumbing, is crucial. This step will eliminate the risks of leaking or flooding during your kitchen remodeling process.

Restrict the Access of Pets and Children to the Construction Area

It is important to communicate with your little ones about the boundaries of where they can and can’t go. If you have any pet in your house, you must restrict their access to the renovation site. The working site could be dangerous for your pets and children, so keep them away from the construction site. You can find a pet sitter for your pets if they get frightened by loud noises.

Final Words

Preparing your kitchen for a remodel is not as difficult as you think. It may take a few days to pack up the existing kitchen and set up a temporary one. You can contact us at Solid Construction and Design if you want professional kitchen remodeling options. We at Solid Construction and Design have a team of experts to provide tailored kitchen remodeling services while ensuring minimum disruption.

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