In our last blog post, we covered five tips for living without your kitchen during a kitchen remodel. As Loveland’s premier kitchen remodeling contractors, we decided we’d be holding out if we limited ourselves to giving just five tips. So today, we’re back with five more!

While it can be exciting to watch your home transform around you during your kitchen makeover, it can also be incredibly stressful. At TruFinish, we’ve had 20 years of experience guiding homeowners through home improvement projects of all sizes, and we want to share what we’ve learned to make yours as stress-free as possible.

Read on for more useful tricks to make life bearable — and even fun! — during your big kitchen renovation, and when you’re ready to embark on your dream kitchen makeover, you can contact the TruFinish team to get started!

1. Get Snacky

Following the tips from our last post, you’ve set up a temporary kitchen, complete with a mini-fridge, disposable plates and utensils, and your favorite small kitchen appliances. Even though there are plenty of delicious crockpot meals to cook, there are going to be days when you just don’t want to deal with planning a meal, cooking from scratch, and cleaning up in your temporary kitchen space.

For the nights that you just want to put your feet up, make sure to keep plenty of nonperishable snacks and ready-to-go meals on hand. Peanut butter, jerky, dried fruit, canned veggies, applesauce, granola bars, and popcorn are all relatively healthy nonperishable snacks. Frozen pizzas, breakfast burritos, waffles, and frozen meals are easy to store and prepare on the fly.

2. Bribe Your Friends To Use Their Kitchens

No, really. Take this opportunity to spend some extra quality time with friends and family. What else is a support network for if not to provide support during times of challenge and transition?

For example, you could set up a weekly dinner get-together with your loved ones. Split the groceries and cook together, or simply offer them home-cooked meals in exchange for using their kitchen. It won’t be the same as cooking in your own, but it will make it easier until you can invite them over for dinner in your brand-new kitchen!

3. Plan On Eating Out A Lot More

Or if you don’t plan on it, at least have a little wiggle room in your budget to account for increased food spending. Without the convenience of a full kitchen, planning and preparing food is much more challenging. Even if you want to limit your eating-out spending, it’s wise to include an allowance in your budget. You don’t have to use it — but if you change your mind, it’s there for you when you just need some takeout.

4. Get out of the House

If possible, try to coordinate a vacation or trip around your kitchen remodel! There will be a lot of commotion happening in your home during renovation, and at some point you’ll probably feel like you just want to get away from it all. By planning to be out of the house, either on vacation or staying with friends or family, you can focus on R&R and minimize your stress. By the time you get back, you’ll have a brand-new kitchen!

5. Remember It’s All Worth It

We understand. The kitchen is often the center of home life, and most people use theirs every day. It may have been easy to live out of a mini-fridge and microwave in college, but most of us don’t want to go back to that lifestyle anytime soon!

Just remember that if you have to go without your kitchen for a while during your remodel, it will all be worth it in the end. You have something brand-new and exciting to look forward to! Remember to breathe and take it all day by day — once the dust settles, your kitchen will be better than ever!

Contact TruFinish in Loveland To Get Started Today!

From kitchen cabinet refacing to full-scale kitchen renovations, our team of experienced kitchen remodeling contractors can tackle any project. We’ll always answer the phone, and we pride ourselves on delivering industry-leading results every time, so if you’re in Northern Colorado, contact TruFinish to help you build the kitchen of your dreams today!