make-shift kitchen

I keep getting asked where we do our cooking, now that the kitchen/pit is in official reconstruction mode. I moved everything I thought we would need to make it through the winter into the laundry room upstairs. So far, so good.

We are on day 9 of cooking in our laundry room. Here are my tips/suggestions for living out of a make-shift tiny kitchen for 6-10 months.

1. Make sure that when you leave Ikea in Toronto (and you live in Rochester, three hours away), that they have packed everything you need to assemble a counter. We’re still washing dishes in the bathroom sink because Ikea forgot to package the hard wood block that goes on top of the counter. Of course, we didn’t realize this until we were back over the border and unpacking at home. While there is hookup here for a sink, we still haven’t located a top to fit this counter. I might be driving back to Ikea to get it.

2. Buy one of these. It’s worth the $99 and it brings water and soup to a boil in under a minute, which is nuts.

3. Use every square inch of space you can, including magnetic spice holders on your washing machine. C saved the drawers from the kitchen, which I stuck under the counter and am using to store cleaning materials for both the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom.

4. Make sure you make as much shelving room as possible for that which helps you survive the fourth year of renovating a 150-year-old house: caffeine and alcohol. Despite the lack of space, I did reserve two full shelves for my tea collection, coffee, tea and coffee equipment, and a tiny bar, which is already low on wine.

I’ll admit walking 10 feet from my studio to make a cup of tea is very nice. I’m guessing this experience will get old as soon as it’s cold enough to miss having an oven. Thankfully, my bff lives next door and she gives me all the kitchen time I need in exchange for part of what I’m cooking. I think this winter will be the winter of the crock-pot, which I just realized I packed away, for some ridiculous reason.

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  1. Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    my parents bought a 100+ yr old farmhouse when i was very young and spent 15 + years of my youth renovating. i’m pretty sure we were kitchen-less for 2 years. we had a little vintage kitchen cabinet/sink set up. and before that, did dishes in the bathtub. memories! good luck with the reno!

  2. Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    You can actually bake in your crockpot – – so if you find it, it’ll be almost like having an oven . . .

  3. Tanya
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see the owl made the transition to the temporary kitchen.

  4. Lois Chaffee
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I have an extra crock pot if you want it.

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