Living without a kitchen can be hectic, crazy and expensive. And eating out every night could end up blowing your remodeling budget. But if you plan and prepare, you can survive, thrive and even have fun while waiting for your new kitchen to be done.

Plan on setting up a temporary kitchen in some place like your garage, basement or utility room (ideally, someplace with a sink). Even if you aren’t keeping your old appliances, for now keep at least the refrigerator and microwave oven to set up in this area.

Ask for details on LWi’s Complementary Faux Kitchen when we do the removal of your old cabinets.

As you pack up your kitchen here are a few items to leave out:

  • Plate, bowl, cup, silverware for each
  • Saucepan
  • Skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Toaster oven
  • Coffee pot
  • Crock Pot
  • Cutting board
  • Knives
  • 2 dish towels
  • Wash basin
  • Sponges and detergent
  • Trash bags
  • Zip lock bags

Useful Ideas

  • Use a cooler to wash dishes in.
  • Keep lots of non perishable snacks on hand like PB, crackers, dried fruit, etc.
  • Make clean up easy by using paper plates and plastic cups.
  • Use the outdoor grill – try foil packed meals, remember your scouting days?
    • If you’re worried about putting your cookware on the grill, rub bar soap on the bottom and sides of your pots and the black soot from the grill will easily wash off.
    • Remember that your grill can do almost anything your oven can, cooking everything from casseroles to pizzas. Most grills also include a side burner, which is great for making pasta or steamed vegetables.
  • Use a crock pot for meals.
  • If you’re still going to have a freezer during the remodel, make some big meals ahead of time and freeze them in smaller portions. You can defrost single-meal portions and reheat them in the microwave.
  • Offer a friend a home-cooked meal in exchange for using her kitchen.
  • Set up a mini kitchen somewhere else in the house so that you can do cooking while your kitchen is out of commission. Ideally, this location should have a sink or, if not, it should have easy access to water. You could set up your mini kitchen in a laundry room or near a bathroom. Equip it with a coffee maker, a microwave, a blender, a toaster oven, a hot plate and a slow cooker.
  • Prepare your meals in tin foil pans instead of earthenware to eliminate a lot of cleanup
  • Despite the temptation, don’t ask workers a lot of questions or hang around while they work. They will actually work faster and better if the client is not standing over their shoulders.

The most important thing to always keep in mind is the finished product – how you will feel once it’s all done.