Basement Shelves

Writing here has been slow because of work and because there’s not much going on in gardening land. I finally did do something tangentially gardening related though, so here are the results.

Basement Shelves
Basement Shelves

When we had our basement remodeled last summer we split the way-too-big laundry room into three parts, a utility room (furnace, water heater and softener), a laundry room and a no-windows storage room. Until two weeks ago we just had two of those plastic storage shelf units from Home Depot. They were sagging under the weight of our canned sugar and beans and were mostly full.

On Saturday, December 5 we were scheduled to go to the church cannery, and we had a big order since it had been nine months since we had gone. The additional cans weren’t going to fit on the shelves, so we built these!

The room is roughly 7×10. We have two foot deep shelves on two walls, and three foot deep shelves against the back wall.Two of the walls have three shelves and one wall has four. The shelves are high enough off the ground that we can fit plastic storage bins underneath with all the kids clothes that don’t fit and holiday stuff.

I finished up the shelves late Friday night and had the room cleaned by the time Caroline got back from the cannery Saturday afternoon.

Empty canning jars and some flour
Empty canning jars and some flour

Seeing the empty shelf space and all the empty canning jars has me excited for preserving next year!

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