Survive A Reno With A Temporary Kitchen

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For most of us, one of the hardest parts of a large-scale renovation is dealing with the mess, confusion and chaos created by the project. Take the kitchen, for example, which is often the center of the home. If you’re in the process of redoing your kitchen, it can be quite daunting to try and plan/prepare meals, store groceries and perform other kitchen-confined activities without your usual conveniences.
One way to combat this disorienting problem is by setting up a temporary kitchen space. Sure, it won’t be glamorous, but you can make it as functional as possible, something your family — and sanity — will appreciate.
In fact, you can plan your temporary space at the beginning of the kitchen reno. Maybe you could move a couple of larger appliances, like your refrigerator, to the temporary space. Have some spare shelving? Use it to store pantry goods and dishes (although you may want to make the switch to paper for a short while.)


Over at Kitchen Lab, creating a temporary kitchen is step one to surviving a renovation. Recommendations include creating your temporary space near a bathroom, so you have close proximity to a sink. Also, keep up with clutter and cleaning even if it seems a fruitless task when compared with all the demolition, construction, etc. You’ll help preserve your peace of mind and, as the project nears its conclusion, you won’t find yourself daunted by a huge cleaning/organizing job.
What’s your take on creating a temporary space to help get through a large-scale renovation? Is this something you’ve done in the past or would consider for future projects?
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