Welcome to Project Haversack remodel! We're transforming the kitchen from it's pristine, yet outdated 1980's look, to a fresh, up-to-date space.  In this post I'm sharing Before Photos and organization tips on how to prepare for a kitchen remodel. 


Here's the view of the kitchen from the dining room.

Same view but catching it in a two-point perspective, showing the peninsula, and a peek into the u-shaped kitchen.

View of the peninsula, refrigerator wall, and the family room in the background.

Same view as the very first image but taken closer up.

A closer up view of the refrigerator wall.

And finally a view looking from the kitchen into the dining room.

I know! It's not often that the Before Photos look as nice as these! The clients have taken such great care of their home. Walking in to it, is like going back in time to a perfectly preserved 1980's lovely, custom home. Libby, the photographer did an outstanding job capturing the space in black & white. 


Although I wasn't apart of packing up the old kitchen to get ready for demo, I'm almost certain by the looks of things that the clients were well prepared and ordered in how they did it. Having lived through remodels myself (if you're interested in my story, see the video on this page), including a long six month kitchen remodel, I've learned a few things along the way that I'm sharing in this post. 


  • Try not to feel overwhelmed by the task of having to empty the space. Look at it as an opportunity to purge and start fresh.

  • With a trash bag in hand start by going though every cupboard, getting rid of anything that's broken or chipped, and toss any food items whose freshness dates are expired.

  • Next, gather a few boxes and load any items that you haven't used in a while, or those that you don't plan to use and package them up for thrift. Be sure to drop off the items before demo actually starts, that way they don't get covered in dust or confused with what stays, and what goes.

  • Next, if you don't have some already, purchase heavy-duty storage bins for all the items that you don't plan to need during construction. The heavy duty bins with lids are great for keeping the dust out, as well as for consolidating by stacking them in an out-of-the-way place. It's best if you label each bin just incase something changes and you need to find something you've stored away..

  • Use storage bags to help contain and organize small items like spice jars and canisters, before placing them in the storage bins.

  • Use a basket with handles for non-perishable food items, paper plates and utensils, etc. that way you can easily grab it when you need it and put it away when you don't.


  • Besides packing up and storing things, remodels require other organization. During the process you will be getting paperwork like owner's manuals, warranty info for appliances and finish materials. Designate a few file folders to collect and contain paper work. Note on the tab the project and date (KITCHEN REMODEL 2017).

  • Likely your contractor will provide a calendar of tentative install dates. Ask for a copy if it's not offered to you, or transfer the info on your own project calendar so you can stay on top of all the happenings. If you prefer digital records, even better, that way you have one less thing to keep track of when your life is a bit out-of-order. Be sure to forward the calendar to your designer so they can stay abreast of the project and can meet deadlines for any outstanding selections.

  • Questions are going to come up as the project moves along...designate a project note book to jot down thoughts and questions for the contractor, sub-contractor, the designer and any other players on the project. Again, if you prefer digital notes, I'm all for it!!




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For the next post on this project, I'll be sharing the floor plan options I designed and which one the clients decided to go with and why.

 Here's a sneak peek....

Love the space you're in!