|I outgrew my laundry room shoe box stockpile storage.|
There is a long, wide hallway beside the furnace room. It is along the back wall and is mostly hidden from the living area -- well, sort of hidden. Nothing a couple of curtains wouldn't fix. I thought it would be perfect for shoe box stockpiling with at least twice the storage I currently had.
With that large of a space I needed an economical way to "shelve" my boxes. I didn't just want to stack the banker boxes from floor to ceiling as I don't have the strength to be moving them to add
new stock and the inconvenience wouldn't be too fun anyways. So I went exploring on Google for stockpiling ideas. What works for grocery stockpiles would work for my shoe box stockpile, too.
I found several bloggers recommending these shelving units. They are sturdy, quick and easy to build and reasonably priced. Each unit can hold 15 of my boxes with room behind for shoe boxes. But even with buying them on sale with additional coupon savings and rebates that money could pack a lot of shoe boxes. I argued with myself, as usual.
|Tubs I got for Christmas 2013.|
|Overflow stock! These are paper boxes for small fillers (trinkets).|
They are wrapped with holes cut in the top because
we have used them for collections at church.
|Empty boxes waiting to wrap.|
|Wrapped boxes waiting to fill.|
We plan to shop in increments of ten. As we find deals we will buy up to ten of everything for each group. Once we have ten of each item for each group we start over and buy ten more, etc. This way our boxes will be balanced throughout the age groups and our items will be balanced. Instead of 40 pairs of flip flops and no toys for the 2 to 4 year old boys, we will have ten of each. But as I shared earlier, I am not setting a goal this year of the total number I plan to pack, so we need something to guide our shopping and increments of ten is what we've chosen. This will not necessarily be true for items like school supplies -- we will not buy ten of each of those before we begin our second set of ten of other items because we will want to wait until back to school sales. So when that time comes we will know how many to buy by what we have in stock.
|Each age/gender has their own color of labels.|
Tally sheets help us know what is inside.
If organization helps fill more boxes, I'm ready to take it on! If it does just the opposite, I'm doomed!
But two shelving units filled with boxes, along with a dozen tubs, will go a long way in holding all the goodies we will be packing in our 2015 Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts. Let's hope I don't need to take over the rest of the basement in 2016! A very Merry Early Christmas to all and to all...a Good Pack!