live without a kitchen

Kaboodle
By Kaboodle

Renovating and updating your kitchen is a rewarding process but it can come with challenges when you’re temporarily without a fully functional kitchen.

While your new kitchen is a work in progress, you’ll still need to create a temporary solution so you can live without a kitchen. Eating out and living off takeaway isn’t sustainable, and microwave meals can get expensive. Here, we’ll list some solutions to tide you over while you await your new and improved kitchen!

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plan ahead

Before you remove your existing kitchen, you should create a project timeline based off the dates your professional contractors have given you. These dates will include the delivery of your new kitchen, as well as the reconnection of plumbing, gas and electricity by professionals. Creating a plan will give you a fairly accurate base to work with when making other plans and will help ensure you get your project completed in a time effective manner.

create a make-shift kitchen space

While your new kitchen is under construction, you’ll need to create a make-shift space for a temporary kitchen. This can be anywhere from your garage to your living room. Your temporary kitchen is going to need two things to get it up and running—access to power outlets and running water.

The first thing you need to do is plug your fridge into a power outlet—you’re always going to need food so this is a must. Having access to running water and a sink area is crucial, but don’t fret if you don’t have this in your temporary kitchen space, you can use your bathroom or laundry sink!

create a work station

Move your dining table or a trestle table into your make-shift kitchen space. It’s a good idea to try and limit the number of appliances used in this space, we would recommend a maximum of four. You will be restricted for bench space so pick the appliances that you will use regularly. A barbecue with a hood is a great substitute for an oven, or invest in a portable convection oven. Then find space on your bench for a microwave, toaster and a kettle. As long as you’ve got those essentials—as well as your fridge—you can still eat like champions!

plan meals

Meal prep is going to become a key part of your new lifestyle. While takeaway seems like the easy option it’s not going to be a sustainable solution and the costs will add up quickly. Keep your cooking simple, but keep in mind—simple doesn’t have to mean boring. There are many easy recipes out there that require little time and effort that also taste amazing!

Another tip would be to make more than you need for one meal, you can freeze the leftovers and reheat them to save yourself cooking each day.

try to be patient

Yes, it might take a while but designing and building your own kitchen will give you a huge sense of accomplishment. It will also give you bragging rights to anyone who sets foot in your house. A well designed and composed kitchen will not only add to the value of your home, but it will contribute to your happiness. Keep this in mind when you’re sitting in the dusty debris of your soon-to-be kitchen as it can and will only get better from there!

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