Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tips for surviving a kitchen remodeling- adapted for our family

I "stole" these tips from and adapted them for my family.

They have been really helpful and wanted to share them with y'all so you can see what we are going through. :)

1. Set up a makeshift kitchen in your home. Move your refrigerator, microwave, and table to this area. Keep paper plates, napkins, paper towels, utensils, cutlery, and cups on hand.

For us, our dinning room is now our kitchen- with our fridge and microwave handy.

2. Keep meals simple. Stock your refrigerator with sandwich and salad fixings, milk for cereal, fresh fruit, and foods you can grill or microwave.

Salads? Ewww. Grill or microwave please!

We have made "foil packet chicken," kabobs, and hamburgers. Taylor said our meals have been "great."

3. Stock your freezer. Plan ahead and make meals that can be frozen and reheated later. Soups, stews, lasagna, enchiladas, and casseroles all freeze well.

Oops. Didn't do that.

4. Borrow a kitchen. Offer to cook dinner for your friends or family. I am sure they would love to let you use their kitchen if you are providing the meal.

Didn't do that either.....

5. Dine out. Dining out can be expensive and sometimes the options aren’t that healthy. Look for coupons, split meals, or bring home a doggy bag to reheat for another meal.

Dining out can be can kitchen remodeling. I would rather save money and cook at home than eat out and spend $ we don't have.

6. Move your fridge and microwave to this temporary kitchen zone along with a table. An electric hot plate along with at least one pot is a good idea as well.

Check. No hot plate though- too dangerous! I already worry about our house burning down with the whole kitchen being gutted. So no additional dangers will be added to our house!

7. Stock the table with basic supplies: microwave-safe dishes, utensils, paper or plastic plates and cups, cutlery, paper towels, napkins, baggies, plastic wrap and garbage bags. Remember a can opener!

The only bad thing is that plastic knives and forks break easily! With my "foil packet chicken" i think i ate a few plastic fork prongs. Bleh!

8. Don’t forget coffee! Set up a coffee station: coffee maker, coffee, sugar.

No thanks! I don't do coffee!

Don't forget the diet mt dew!!!

9. Have a supply of dry foods in boxes under the table like: cereal, granola bars, bread, Kraft Dinner, microwave popcorn, tuna and soups.


10. Stock your fridge with BBQ foods like chicken, steak, hamburgers, sausage and hot dogs. The barbeque will become your new best friend during a kitchen remodel.

Double check. The grill is a life saver!

Well folks, these past three days make me feel like i am camping- although i get to sleep in my own bed each night. I am surviving but am really hoping our contractor was correct in saying the kitchen will be done in 2 weeks (by the 26th). I am READY for my fabulous kitchen!!!



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