To friends and family, the idea of “surviving” a kitchen upgrade may sound a bit dramatic, but anyone who has tried to complete a kitchen renovation, while still having to do everyday life, knows that “surviving” is the perfect word to describe it.
There are some easy preparations to make that can help a busy family get through these days, without spending the same amount of money that the renovation costs on take-out. It takes a bit of planning and creativity, but here are our top tips with Storage Units Rock Springs WY.
Set up a kitchen in another room
Borrow a folding table, mini fridge, and an electric skillet; add a bit of creativity, and you’ll find you can make some pretty awesome food in the living room. A bonus–your family will think it’s awesome to get to sit on the couch while eating! Check the internet for one-skillet or one-pot slow cooker meals. A toaster oven would be another convenient tool to have hot and quick meals for the family.
Go grocery shopping each day
While it may not be your normal style, a daily grocery trip will be an easy way to get out of the house and escape the mess, and it will keep you eating home-cooked meals without needing a bunch of storage or refrigerator space for ingredients.
Invest in disposable plates and cutlery
The idea of paying for plates so that you can throw them away may hurt, but just tell yourself it’s for a season and it’s to save your sanity! Things like water bottles and coffee cups are easy to use daily and wash in the bathroom sink, but spare yourself trying to clean up more food scraps than you need to, and use disposable plates!
Spend as much time as possible outside
If you have a choice, schedule the kitchen renovation during the nicest season in your area, and plan to spend as many meals and as much time outside as possible. Grilling is always a great outdoor cooking method, and clean up is easy when it’s outside or away for a picnic!
Include some extra food costs into the budget of the renovation
Let’s be realistic–you’re going to spend more on food during a renovation than you normally would. While this could be a source of stress and contention during the already stressful renovation process, it just needs to be planned for and treated like a cost of the renovation. Shopping for that day’s meals and eating some meals out will cost more money than cooking all your meals from bulk ingredients and in your kitchen, but that’s not reasonable or realistic to expect during a kitchen renovation.
So…congrats on your kitchen renovation! It may not feel like it’s worth it during the mess of it all, but that’s true for many things in life. In the end, you’ll forget all the pain and stress of the process, and be thankful for the improved space once it’s all done. The employees at Self Assured Storage are experts in all things home and organization, and when the renovation bug strikes, they are here to help keep your things safe and dust-free while you make your house a home. Call them today for all of your home storage needs!