Article sourced from retropro.com.
When it comes to Thanksgiving and remodeling there is never enough time to prepare everything in time no matter how much planning goes on prior. There is always something that comes up or delayed or taken off the list completely. We found that having a new warm environment in your home helps reduce Thanksgiving stresses because everyone’s too busy admiring your newly remodeled space to care if there is no cranberry sauce because you forgot to pick it up earlier in the week and now they are sold out. The planning, organizing, and the patience that goes behind remodeling can also increase stress so here we are going to give you a head start to preparing for a newly remodel space during the busiest time of the year.
And when it’s all said and done, you will have a more efficient space with a variety of storage options for all those Thanksgiving goodies. It will create more functionality for not only you and your family but also your guests.
Here are some tips to help stay stress-free during remodeling
Just like planning a vacation or a wedding you don’t want to just go with the flow. It is important to start a binder or folder where you can put anything and everything about your remodel.
This is a long process so we would start the patience right away. You have to research, pick out ideas, check referrals, not to mention demo day and then the anticipation of seeing little by little done each day. When you are among the chaos it seems to drag on forever but if you start with patience it will be easier to get to your end result with little or no stress. Remember it mind over matter.
There will always be setbacks, delays, or even the opposite everything going better than planned just keep an open mind and remember anything can happen and just be prepared.
Set ground rules but be flexible
Setting ground rules in the beginning will help keep your contractor on schedule and also keep you organized but remember flexibility is really what will get the project done faster.
Don’t get discouraged
Getting discouraged is the worst way to go about a remodel project but especially during the holidays you want to stay sane for all those guests who will be amazed at your new remodeled kitchen or bath.
Ways to prepare your kitchen for Thanksgiving during renovation
The best way to plan is to just set up a temporary kitchen in a different area of the house. Ideally someplace with a sink near by. A couple of great ideas is to take a couple of old cabinets and set them up in your makeshift kitchen to help you prep. Think of it like camping but better; it’s indoors and you still have electricity. Plus you’re not in the wilderness. Maybe a folding table and some chairs to make a dinner table will help it feel more inviting for the family. Get some clear storage containers and keep your most used kitchen items inside labeled to help you find it when you need it. Making some big meals ahead of time and freezing them in small portions will help. Some other ideas to help with the weekly menu is clipping coupons for take out and making different sandwiches for dinner to reduce cooking.