Kitchen remodeling: How to prepare

How to keep a kitchen remodel only mildly disruptive.
Remodeling your kitchen can be extremely disruptive on a family's lifestyle; but with a little foresight and planning, you can function quite well for the length of the project.

Before the project starts:
  • Pack all your kitchen goods. This is essential. Ask your contractor how much of the room needs to be packed in order to start the project.


  • Label each of the boxes with their exact contents. This will prevent a frantic search for any item needed during the job. Put aside essential items, such as:

    • Coffee, coffee maker and filters

    • Can opener

    • Cutting board and knife

    • Microwave with microwave cookbook

    • Salt, pepper and assorted spices

    • Utensils

    • Paper plates

  • Remember to maintain access to some refrigeration. This may require you to move your refrigerator to another room in the home or into the garage.


  • Designate a sink for meal preparation and clean-up. A large laundry sink works well for this use.

National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

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