Surviving a kitchen renovation takes organisation and planning. In the early stages, it's easy to get caught up with all the decisions involving cabinet colours, benchtop materials, tiles, lights, appliances etc, etc. The list is almost endless. By the time the task of clearing out the kitchen comes around you can be forgiven for experiencing some organisational burnout.
Now is not the time to get complacent, take a deep breath and get serious about the kitchen equipment, you'll be glad you did.
Organise and declutter
This is a great time to take the opportunity to review the contents of your kitchen. Most of us keep lots of stuff we never really use. To prepare for the reno you need to clear the kitchen out anyway, why not make some decisions on what to put back right there and then.
To begin the sort out, have a few large tubs or boxes on hand. Sort everything into 'keep', 'donate/sell' or 'rubbish' boxes. Ask yourself how often you use every piece as you take it out of a cupboard or drawer.
- Have you used it in the last few months?
- Is it important enough to take up valuable storage space in the new kitchen?
- Is it faulty, missing parts, damaged or broken?
- Are you keeping it because you feel obliged to? Often gifts or inherited pieces fall into this category.
It's not often that a new kitchen will have less storage space than the previous one, but it's a good idea to keep in mind the type of storage the new kitchen will have when deciding which items to keep. For example, if the new design includes glass fronted cabinets it might be time to upgrade all that miss matched crockery and glassware. The same goes for odd shaped or oversized items which haven't been catered for in the cabinet layout.
It is a good idea at this stage to gather everything you'll need for a pop-up kitchen somewhere else in the house while the renovation is in full swing. Depending on the time frame, and your meal preferences, getting away with a toaster, kettle, microwave, the fridge and a small portable cooktop plus the minimum crockery and cutlery is totally plausible. This is could also be a great time to brush up on your barbequing skills.
Storage unit - keep it safe and out of the way
Make sure the 'rubbish' and 'donate' boxes go straight to the appropriate places to avoid creating more clutter.
What to do with all the rest? Renovating is messy enough without having kitchen equipment gathering building dust, risking breakages, not to mention the space it takes up around the rest of the house. Clear all the unneeded bits out of the way so you can continue living in the rest of your home without constantly climbing over sandwich toasters, Nana's punch bowl or even the kitchen sink. Whip it all off to a storage unit for the duration of the reno where it will be safe and out of the way.
Once the renovation is complete you can easily move into the new kitchen knowing all the hard work is done and you're only left with the equipment you actually use.