I’ve just spent two days re-packing my cellar. It was getting impossible to move in there, and I was risking life and limb clambering over stuff and balancing on collapsing cartons to reach the top shelf.
It had become obvious that there were many part-filled boxes occupying undeserved space, and if I combined them I could save a lot of room.
Little did I know how much room.
After the rationalisation, I counted the discarded cartons. There were at least 30 (counting 2 half-boxes as one dozen box). No wonder the floor is now clear and there is even some vacant space on the shelves.
All the wine is in boxes, and most are one-dozen lay-down cartons. They’re preferred, as the way my shelving is designed, they optimise the space. Every box is now full and labelled with a number, the contents accurately catalogued on a computer.
There are 135 boxes. In other words, by re-packing everything and doing away with most of the half-cases, I’ve saved nearly 20% of the space.
It looks neat and I have a certain feeling of satisfaction. As well, I found a number of ‘lost’ bottles, including six Fattoria Zerbina Marzieno which I’ve been fretting over for years and feared I’d lost.
Tidying up is a kind of therapy. I recommend it.