We have a date! The plans were approved by the city and we've set the date to start for Oct 2nd. That's a week and a half from now and my stomach is doing somersaults at the thought.
This post is destined to be another edited-in-hindsight. Today we're looking at the things not to pack away for your time without a kitchen. I have an idea of how the next few months are going to go, and I'm betting that I'll soon learn how much I had no idea...
Let's see, we have a teeny corner of a slow cooker, a silicon baking mat, and muffin pans--seriously?
My kids love muffins. Like, march into the kitchen a 7 a.m., quiet and carefully keeping the parents blissfully asleep, eating breakfast and playing happily for at least an hour--without screens--if they know there's muffins waiting for them. I'm telling you, if there's a way to make muffins in a temporary kitchen, I'm going to find it.
I'm going to give you some advance warning: the majority of the meals I'm planning for the next few months are going to be super simple, requiring as little washing as possible, or ready-prepared foods. I'll post a weekly meal plan and try to minimize those ready-bought meals as much as possible, but as some point, I'll have very little to work with in terms of washing. We've got an old house with old pipes. I'm aiming to avoid clogging sinks and tubs by scrubbing pots and pans in areas not designed for dishwater.
The things I'm planning to keep:
What are the things you can't live without from your kitchen? Please comment below.
This post will likely become the most edited of my posts, because I'll be discovering as I go what I need and what I don't. However, I'm starting with the stuff that I know I won't need, and whittling my kitchen down from there. (I already had a moment of regret for packing up all the seldom-used tea. Thankfully, it was quickly resolved when I found my decaf coffee. )
For packing pre-renovation, I'm taking the hard-line approach of de-clutterers: if you haven't used it in the past 6 months, pack it (they say chuck it, but we're not going that far).
The first thing to go: special-occasion ware. Anything you save for special food events, like china, punch bowls and their special little mugs, fancy serving dishes, etc. Because you are definitely not hosting Thanksgiving/Christmas/Birthdays when your house is undergoing construction.
I was told we'd be starting the renovation at the end of the month, so I started packing early: first, I gathered up everything that I only use occasionally--things I knew I wouldn't be using for the rest of the month, and could easily survive without for several months. This included:
Still a way to go but looking emptier!
Next, we'll come up with a preliminary list of what you're going to keep, and where you're going to keep it. In the meantime, get yourself to your favorite store first thing in the morning (when they have boxes available), stock up, and start packing!
What would be the first thing you pack for your renovation? Post a comment below!
This post is a bit of a departure of my usual thing, but in all fairness, blogs are often more of a collage than a study of one topic, aren't they?
Facts about me: I love to cook. I once worked as a sous chef at a trendy cafe in San Francisco, which was located across the street from a major cooking school. That's where I learned the chefly things.
I write. A lot.
And me and my family about about to undergo a major house renovation that will leave us without a kitchen for several months.
The market of cookbooks is decidedly skewed toward those who actually have a kitchen. What does a family with young kids do without a room for preparing meals for months?
So begins The Renovation Kitchen.
In this series of blog posts, I'm going to talk about preparing for kitchen loss, setting up temporary cooking facilities, and simple, healthy meals you can make without major appliances on hand. How to survive without a kitchen.
If the blog works well, I'll turn it into a book. Fun!
For this first post, I'll give you a sneak peek of the kitchen pre-renovation. Be warned, a very busy family actually lives here, and that's what it looks like.
Not-so-new but well-loved fridge and original cupboards from the 1950s.
I'll continue this topic later this week with a post on packing up. Specifically, what to put in storage and what to keep out, when you are facing months ahead without a kitchen and still have a family to feed.
Angela Shelley, herself.
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