Life Without a Kitchen
A Few Handy Survival Tips
Life without a kitchen can be difficult. Take away the integral parts of your kitchen and suddenly, preparing meals becomes next to impossible. If you plan ahead, you can avoid a lot of headache while your renovation is happening. We have some tips on how to make sure this part of the process runs as smoothly as possible.
Create a Temporary Kitchen
Before demolition begins, set up an area of your house such as the basement, dining room or even the garage where you can create a temporary kitchen. First, you will need a countertop, providing room for meal prep and secondary appliances to make homemade meals possible. Situate a toaster oven, coffee maker, crock-pot, microwave or even a hotplate or griddle safely, making sure to accommodate for the heat these appliances can generate.
Have the Right Tools
When working in a temporary kitchen, less is always more. Make sure to set aside the cooking utensils and cookware that you’ll need – those that are compatible with the appliances you’ll be using to cook your meals. Consider using biodegradable plates so you can avoid accidents with broken dishes. In a second box, keep essentials like tin foil, plastic wrap, garbage bags and sandwich bags handy, and put everything else into storage. You may also want to include a few pieces of plastic storage containers for leftovers. Of course, doing dishes can complicate things. Place your temporary kitchen in a room where you have access to a sink so you can make sure to avoid needless traveling back and forth.
Shop with the Renovation in Mind
There’s no need to eat out every day, during your renovation. When compiling your grocery list prior to demolition, make sure to include dry and canned items such as cereal and soup, as well as items you can eat raw or with little preparation. Salads, peanut butter, raw vegetables and string cheese can provide quick access to snacks or serve as side dishes to the main course. For dinner, consider including microwaveable items or buying ready made meals from your local grocery store or deli. If you plan to make homemade meals, try making larger meals than necessary and storing the leftovers for quick and easy solutions to lunch or dinner.