how to prepare for a kitchen remodel

How to Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel

When you know how to prepare for a kitchen remodel ahead of time, you make the process a lot smoother all around. At home, every kitchen remodeling project begins with packing and purging. This helps you set up your temporary kitchen space. 

It’s a good idea to take the time to evaluate each appliance and item you have. Only keep what you love and need. This is a great way to save space in your future kitchen. 

In our experience, it’s best to start this decluttering process as early as possible. While it’s a time-consuming project (and a little overwhelming), it’s worth it in the end. 

Once you have that out of the way, it’s time to get ready! Here’s how to prepare for a kitchen remodel. 

#1 Find Space for Your Temporary Kitchen

Oftentimes, our clients stay in the home as we remodel the kitchen. That means it’s important to have a small area set up to function as a temporary kitchen. For example, a laundry room with a utility sink is a great spot. 

#2 Decide What You Need in the Space

Of course, you want to keep the essentials. 

  • A coffee maker 
  • Toaster oven 
  • Utensils 
  • Microwave 
  • Dinnerware
  • Cups 

If you know that you want to cook some throughout the remodel, be sure to plan ahead! The more food prep you do ahead of time saves you from takeout costs. 

Try to keep things simple because you may have to handwash things. If you prefer not to fuss with dishes, consider compostable or recyclable disposable dinnerware. 

#3 Plan Out Storage

As you pack up your kitchen, use smaller or medium-sized boxes. When it comes to fragile items, use some packing paper and bubble wrap. 

If you pack up the non-essential items, it helps to keep everything safe, clean, and organized. Be sure to label the boxes to ensure an efficient unpacking as well. 

#4 Purge The Unneeded Items

As you pack and purge, it’s important to stay organized. That’s why it’s a good idea to stick to one category at a time. Remove similar items from drawers and cupboards to see what you have. 

Then, set aside the items that you never use and consider donating them. If you never use something, there’s no need to keep it, right? 

#5 Be Thoughtful About the Keepers

If you have trouble deciding what to keep or part with, take your current lifestyle and anticipated future into consideration. Once the remodeling is done, it’ll be time to move into the new kitchen. You’ll be glad you took the time to consider what you keep or donate. 

In the end, it’ll save you storage space and unpacking time. 

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