Renovating a kitchen is an exciting process for many homeowners. After all, who doesn’t want to cook, eat, and socialize in their dream room?
However, while it is happening, the renovating process can be challenging as you won’t have access to your kitchen for four to six weeks or even longer in some cases. But, with a bit of early preparation, you will be able to continue on with your life, while still being able to eat (and enjoy eating, too).
To keep you from going crazy during this time, here are four ways to prepare for a kitchen renovation.
1. Pack up and move your kitchenware
Ideally, you should begin packing up your non-essentials one week before the work starts in your kitchen. The gadgets, appliances, bowls and glasses that you won’t be needing during the renovation project should be carefully wrapped in bubble wrap or packing material and placed into labeled boxes. These can be the first things to be moved out of the kitchen.
By the night before the start of the project, you should have migrated everything out of the kitchen.
If you have a spare room or garage, this would be the best place to relocate your kitchenware. Always put breakable or delicate objects on the floor, ensuring they aren’t able to fall and break.
2. Next, remove everything else
In addition to the kitchenware and appliances, during the renovation you are also going to want to have everything removed from your kitchen to ensure that nothing gets damaged.
So, take down all photographs, blinds and whatever else is hanging on the walls or as decorative elements. Pack them up carefully in a box, or just lay them down on the floor of a spare bedroom.
Even if you don’t think something is going to be affected by the renovation, it is still better to move things just in case. All the postcards and photos on the fridge? Pack them up!
Your favorite potted cactus that sits on the window sill? That too!
3. Get into the habit of meal prepping
One of the hardest parts about living in the house while the kitchen is being renovated is that you don’t have access to your kitchen!
While you can, of course, eat out during this period, this can seriously affect your budget. Although, to save some money, you can opt to use restaurant coupons or vouchers you can find online.
That being said, you still should set up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in your home. Whichever room you choose, make sure it is away from the construction, so that dust particles don’t become too much of an issue.
Use a folding table as a countertop for your essential appliances. Then, keep everything else in airtight plastic storage containers to decrease the likelihood of dust and dirt making contact with them.
In the few days before the start of the renovation, you can also take some time to prep some meals. If you are going to be able to use a freezer throughout this time, then simply prepare some larger meals in advance and freeze them. Then, all you have to do is defrost smaller portions and reheat them.
4. Stay positive, but realistic
No matter how much you plan and how great your kitchen renovators are, there are undoubtedly going to be days when you feel like things are moving too slowly, or not at all.
For this reason, it is essential that you stay positive about the project, but also realistic.
At the beginning of the project, you should have been presented with a project timeline that explains the progression of the project, as well as the anticipated dates of each stage.
Make sure you understand this timeline and that you have an agreement with the kitchen company to keep you updated should anything change.
Each day (or as often as you want), take pictures of the progress. This will help you visualize how much work has been done and how much closer you are getting to living with your white gloss kitchen.
Have you had a major kitchen renovation? How did you prepare for it? What do you wish you had done better? Let us know in the comments below!
Toby Walker is the Director and Operations Manager of Zesta Kitchens. With over 30 years of industry experience (having previously operated Nobby Kitchens and Bunnings Warehouse Kitchen Centres), Toby’s passion is providing a unique customer kitchen renovation experience, and this filters through the business to ensure a quality product with an on-time kitchen renovation.