Since the start of our journey we have moved our kitchen 4 times.
I've gotten a few concerned looks from tradespeople, family, friends, inspectors... Well pretty much everyone that sees our project. I've been told on multiple occasions, "I don't know how you do it." My response is always, "What else can I do?"
Living through a renovation is hard. Moving ourselves and our businesses out wasn't in our budget. We also didn't know how long it would take to get all the approvals we'd need seeing as our project was so involved (it has been one full year now). Being (somewhat) newlyweds we didn't want to move back in with Mom and Dad, though we did for a couple weeks when it was unbearably cold.
We rented a moving bin that now holds most of our belongings. We paired down to the bare essentials, which we try to keep organised in the two usable rooms we have left- the bedroom and office- which are full to the brim of tools, clothes, and other useful things. The biggest challenge has been the kitchen.
When we started the demo of the original kitchen (ie. what started this whole mess) we moved our appliances into the dining room (which was dubbed "Shitchen #1"). We had an apartment rented out upstairs at the time, so when our tenants moved out we used their old kitchen (pictured below). It seemed like an upgrade. It had cupboards whereas our Shitchen #1 did not. What you can't see is the bowl-like floor, you basically had to be tethered to the counter top to make sure you stayed put.
Our 3rd kitchen move was back to the dining room. Ryan built a little counter, installed a sink, and made a space for our freezer. It was ok for the most part, but it seemed like we never had any room on the counter for anything.
Our 4th kitchen will tide us over until the new part of the house is built. We made it as tolerable as we could because we didn't want to deal with the frustrations we had with the last 3. We "upgraded" to a borrowed induction cook-top so we didn't have to wire for a stove. We're cooking now with a toaster oven and the cook-top, and so far I've been able to make full meals without too much trouble.
All of the kitchen moves were done in order to allow for the demolition and rebuilding we needed to do to keep the house upright. With each move we got rid of, or stored more stuff. the more demo we did, the less I wanted to clean.
I have become a bit of an expert in cleaning post-demolition. To save you some pain in the future here is what I've learned: