In the weeks before the work begins, keep a list of all the restaurants you've been meaning to try. When the microwave gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
Plan a location outside of the remodeling area to act as your temporary kitchen. Make sure that it includes:
- A refrigerator. Small, dorm-type units often work best and often have freezer spaces for storing frozen dinners.
- The microwave. Don't forget to stock up on microwave-safe dishes and microwaveable meals.
- A "kitchen sink." Consider where your water source will be in relation to your temporary kitchen. Stock up on bottled water. You may need to wash dishes in the bathtub-make sure you keep cleaning supplies, trash bags, and dish towels handy.
- The coffee maker. Keep filters and coffee close at hand.
- Utility utensils. Don't pack away everyday items like can openers, sharp knives, and bottle openers.
- A dining area. Set up a table for eating and food preparation, preferably near your microwave and fridge.
- The essentials. Tell your kids you're picnicking...use paper plates, napkins, and disposable silverware. Ordinary items like condiments, cereal, and salt and pepper should be easily accessible.