The kitchen is the hub of the home, and when the time comes for renovations you may worry about how you'll get by without it. If you lack the right tools and a practical plan it could be an aggravating ordeal. There's no need to worry though. Read on for seven ideas you can use to make living through kitchen renovations simple and painless.
Use Stand in Appliances
Designate an area in the home where you can set up small appliances. Toaster ovens, electric grills, small microwaves, and electric burners can be found at your local home improvement store and will tremendously reduce the frustration of living without a kitchen. A compact refrigerator is also helpful when your regular refrigerator is out of order or inaccessible during renovations.
Stocking up on disposable plates, silverware, cups, and cookware will cut down on your workload. If you must wash some dishes during the remodel and do not have access to the kitchen sink, keep a wash tub available to fill with dish soap and hot water from another sink in the home.
Get Some Fresh Air
Take advantage of this time to go outside and barbecue. Have fun, invite friends and family over and take your mind off the renovations for a bit. If you don't have a grill, arrange a potluck or pack food into a basket and enjoy a picnic in the yard or at a park.
Cherish Those Nonperishables
Since you won't have much space for preparing elaborate meals, stock your pantry with plenty of non perishable items that can easily be heated up for meals. It's also a good idea to keep nonperishable snacks on hand that can be eaten with little to no preparation. Vani Hari shares a list of the healthiest nonperishable travel foods on her blog that can be eaten while you are unable to prepare fresh meals.
Dust off the Slow Cooker
If you really want to make things easier for yourself, take out the slow cooker and let it do the cooking for you. You can cook almost anything in a slow cooker, and can prepare large quantities of food so you'll have plenty of leftovers to eat the following day.
Plan, Plan, Plan
You'll need to come up with meal ideas that can easily be prepared using small appliances. It's a good idea to plan in advance what you want to cook during the kitchen renovation. Some meals that are quick and easy to assemble using small appliances are paninis, pizzas, and grilled meats such as chicken and hamburgers. Chili, soup, and casseroles are easy to prepare in slow cookers or on an electric burner.
Take a Night Off
Everyone needs a night off from cooking every once in a while, and when your kitchen is being remodeled, the need to take a break is even greater. Go to that restaurant you've been wanting to try, or pick up the phone and order delivery. Give yourself a night off and relax.
After picking up what you need for your renovation from your local home improvement store and then using the ideas here, the temporary inconvenience of being without a kitchen can be alleviated. You'll be able to relax and allow the contractors to do their best work making your new kitchen perfect, and when it's completed, it will have been worth the wait.