The problem, for me, is what to do with the jars in the meantime. In our old house there was a big cabinet in the cellar that held everything I made and all the empty jars and lids as well. In this house, I'm still finding places to keep boxes of jars--so far I've resisted putting them in the attic of the garage because I dread hiking them up and down those stairs and going up there to search for jars when I want them. But it's possible that they will end up there. Ideally, I'd love a huge old wardrobe (Pinterest image below) or hoosier that could go in my craft room and hold all my canning supplies and fabric. SIGH. Another thing to save for :)
|Image from Pinterest|
In the meantime, I have a spot in the basement for stockpiled food and my canning. It is not ideal and I'm glad that kids have not knocked anything down and broken jars. This weekend we did a thorough and much overdue cleaning of the basement. Because we have a wood stove down there it gets dusty and I haven't stayed on top of it. I took a picture midway through cleaning and reorganizing.
I am tempted to take over the space under the stairs because it would fit all my stockpiled food and be a dark, cool place for potatoes and root vegetables this winter, but I dedicated that space to kids and toys when I painted the bat tunnel. In another year or two I might reclaim that space because, as you can see below, what I'm doing now with potatoes is not working :(.
|Storing potatoes in a warm room near a window doesn't work!|