2018 Artisan Home TourTraditional Kitchen, Minneapolis
2018 Artisan Home Tour
Photo: LandMark Photography
Builder: City Homes, LLC
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Make a List of Things to Leave OutFiguring out what not to pack is key because once you box up your stuff, you won’t be able to find anything you need until after the kitchen is completed and the boxes are unpacked. Suggestions from folks who have been through this recently:Grilling toolsCarving knife, bread knife, paring knifeCutting boardTwo or three plattersCoffee, tea, sweeteners, a few coffee mugs and teacupsPaper plates and napkinsA set of silverware and a dish-and-glass place setting for everyone in the householdLiquid detergent, scrub brush, dishwashing tub, dish towelsSalt, pepper, favorite spicesFoil, plastic wrap, a storage container or twoA few serving spoonsCan opener, bottle opener, wine openerKooziesPet food and bowlsPlace mats and a tableclothLarge tray for carrying food from wherever it is prepared to wherever it will be servedA Word About Paper and PlasticA lot of people go strictly paper and plastic for dishes and silverware, and if that’s what you need to do to get by, there’s no judgment here. But it’s bad for the environment, it’s expensive, and it gets old. You will need only one plate, bowl, mug, glass, fork, spoon, knife and place mat for each family member because without a kitchen, cleanup will be immediate. And no extras are required; please know that no one else wants to be a dinner guest at a house undergoing a kitchen renovation. It’s like the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer revealed that he had prepared all the food in the shower. Keep Paring DownWhile packing up the kitchen, keep a donation bin nearby. As you touch each item, ask yourself if it is worth packing, storing, unpacking and then finding space for in the beautiful new kitchen. When was the last time you used it? Does it, as Marie Kondo asks, spark joy? Where are you going to put it in the new kitchen? Can you imagine yourself using it in the new kitchen? The answers to these questions will let you know if you should wrap it up and pack it or pass it along to someone who needs it.