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How to Prep your Home and Family for Demo Day

Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting project, but it can also be overwhelming. One crucial step in the process is preparing for demo day, when the old kitchen will be demolished to make way for the new design. Proper preparation is key to ensuring a smooth transition and minimizing disruptions to your family's daily routine. If you are choosing to live in your home during the remodel, here are some essential tips to prepare your kitchen and family for demo day.

1. Create Your Temporary Kitchen:

During the remodeling process, your kitchen will be out of commission for a while. To mitigate the inconvenience, set up a temporary kitchen in another part of your home. Choose a space with access to a water source, such as a laundry room or garage. You can move your refrigerator into your new setup. You’ll also want to set up some other essential appliances and you may consider purchasing these if you don't already have them on hand:

  • Electric cooktop or griddle

  • Slow cooker

  • Large toaster oven

  • Electric kettle

  • Countertop dishwasher

Stock up on disposable plates, utensils, and cups for easy cleanup. Meal planning ahead of time can also help you navigate through this period smoothly.

2. Purge Items that won’t Move into Your New Kitchen:

Trust me when I say that once you have a brand new kitchen to fill, you’re not going to want the same old, heavily used dishes. This is a great time to purge the items you no longer need or want to make room for better quality and better looking kitchenware. Consider donating your gently used items to your community to give them a second life!

3. Pack Away Valuables and Essentials:

Before the demo day, remove all valuable or fragile items from your kitchen. Pack away dishes, glassware, and sentimental items safely to avoid damage. Take down any artwork or decorations that may be in harm's way. Additionally, set aside essential items you'll need during the remodeling phase, such as coffee makers, cutting boards, and pots and pans. Clearly label these boxes and keep them easily accessible so that you can retrieve them when needed.

4. Communicate with Your Family:

Remodeling can disrupt your family's daily routine, so it's essential to communicate with everyone involved. Discuss the upcoming changes and explain the temporary kitchen setup. Coordinate meal times, responsibilities, and any adjustments required during this period. By involving your family in the process, you can foster a sense of teamwork and make the transition more manageable for everyone.

5. Establish a Dust Barrier:

Demolition work generates a significant amount of dust and debris. Before the demo day, your contractor should help you prepare your kitchen area by creating a dust barrier. They will seal off doorways and vents leading to other parts of your home to prevent dust from spreading. You may want to cover furniture and nearby surfaces with plastic sheets or drop cloths. This simple step will help protect your belongings and make the cleanup process much more manageable.

Preparing for demo day is a crucial part of any kitchen remodeling project. By creating a temporary kitchen, packing away valuables, communicating with your family, and establishing a dust barrier, you can ensure a smoother transition and minimize disruptions during the renovation process. Remember, proper planning and organization are key to making the experience as stress-free as possible. Happy remodeling!

- Kati


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