Remodeling a kitchen an exciting event that also requires a big financial investment. It is easy to get caught up in all of the planning and deciding what new countertops, cabinets, and flooring you want, but it is also important to be prepared. Getting prepared for a kitchen remodel will make the whole process go smoothly and will help prevent any delays. Ideally, you should be completely prepared well in advance of the day that your contractors arrive to begin working on the project. Use the following tips to help you prepare for your upcoming kitchen remodel.
De-Clutter Your Kitchen
One of the first things that you should do when you have a kitchen remodel planned is de-clutter your kitchen. If you're like most homeowners, there is a good chance that you have probably accumulated a lot of dishes, small kitchen appliances, pots and pans, utensils, and other items that are filling your cabinets and drawers. Take the time to go through each cabinet and drawer to take stock of what you have. This is also a good opportunity to get rid of any kitchen items that you no longer use on a regular basis or duplicate items that are just taking up space in your cabinets.
Find a Place to Store Your Kitchen Items
A kitchen remodel can be quite messy, especially when you're tearing out the countertops, flooring, and cabinets. Thus, after you de-clutter your kitchen, you will need to pack up all of your kitchen items and find a place to store them for the duration of the remodeling project. This is especially important if you are having new home cabinet installation in the kitchen as all of your existing cabinets will need to be completely empty so that they can be removed and the new cabinets can be installed properly. It is best to keep all of your kitchen items stored as far away from the kitchen area as possible so that they do not get in the way.
Make a Plan for Meals
During a kitchen remodel, you will not be able to use your kitchen at all. Thus, you will need to make a plan for how you will eat for the duration of the remodel. Take-out and restaurants may work for several meals, but most people do not want to eat out three times a day. It is a good idea to set up a small temporary kitchen with a slow cooker, pressure cooker, microwave, toaster, and mini-refrigerator to make it easy to prepare some simple meals at home.