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Before the kitchen renovation.
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You’re renovating, and everything in the kitchen needs to be moved. Get started – the sooner the better.

It’s time to pack up the dishes and move all the food you’re keeping in the kitchen to a good storage location – but remember that you’ll need to get in there sometimes during the renovation project.

Decide which items need to be unpacked during the renovation process and keep those items near the top of your boxes. It’s a good idea to label your boxes to make finding these items easier.

Pack things in clearly labeled boxes to make restocking cabinets easier.

Install a temporary mini-kitchen, somewhere near a small dining table is better. The dining room or a large laundry room sometimes works well. You will also need space to install your small appliances in this area. Try to be near a sink or water source if possible. If the weather is nice, you can also use your patio grill.

If you frequently prepare meals in your kitchen, a kitchen renovation will present you with many culinary puzzles. A temporary kitchen isn’t ideal, but at least it will help you cook an edible meal instead of eating out every day of the week. Here are some tips for setting up your temporary kitchen:

Keep essentials handy:

– Microwave meals

– Non-perishable and canned items – soup, beans, vegetables and fruits

– Seasoning

– Cereal

– Crockery and kitchen utensils compatible with microwaves

– Tea towels/sponge

– Dish soap and multi-purpose spray or disinfectant wipes

– Tray for doing the dishes if the sink is not within reach

– Paper plates, utensils and plastic cups

– Coffee and coffee maker and sugar/cream

– Can opener

– Cutting board

– Knives

– Paper napkins

– Napkins

– Tea towels and kitchen towels

– Trash can, recycling bin, compost bin and bags for these

Cook some meals in advance and freeze them. Eat out or take out, if your dietary needs allow. The deli from your grocery store is also a good alternative to drive-thru.

You will be without water in the kitchen for a while, so plan to do the dishes in another sink or in the bathtub. Or stock up on disposable plates and cups, paper napkins, and disinfectant cleaner.

Move your old refrigerator or small mini-fridge to a convenient location near a water source. Add a table with a microwave above and a trash can below.

To reduce cleanup, use paper or plastic cups, paper plates, and plastic utensils. Keep a trash can, recycling bin, and compost bin in the area for easy cleanup.

Obviously, small appliances such as microwaves, toasters or toaster ovens, hot plates and small electric grills will be extremely useful for preparing meals. Keep in mind that the area where you are installing your temporary kitchen may not be able to support multiple appliances working at the same time, let alone other electronics typically used in that room. You may only need to have one device plugged in at a time to prevent fuses from blowing.

Finally, don’t forget to pack (or move) fragile objects that are near or hung on the walls adjacent to the kitchen. Construction-induced vibration during renovation could damage these elements

A home improvement project can be rewarding with proper planning and partnership with a trained professional. To learn more about kitchen remodeling, contact Irons Brothers Construction, Inc.



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