The Little House in the Big Woods paints a pretty picture of Ma’s winter storage. Stockpiling is something that’s a conerstone in the couponing foundation. Plus it just makes good sense to stock up on items when they are on sale so you don’t have to purchase those same items for regular price when you really do need them! They are just right there in your stockpile waiting. Plus having a stockpile is security for if anything really happens with the economy or if something happens to a job. You have your stockpile to fall back on in those cases or in any number of cases. (For example I talked about stockpiling for winter over HERE.) In the Little House in the Big Woods it talks about Ma’s food storage.
” When Butchering Time was over, there were the sausages and the headcheese, the big jars of lard and the keg of white salt pork out in the shed, and in the attic hung the smoked hams and shoulders. THe little house was fairly bursting with good food stored away for the long winter. The pantry and the shed and the cellar were full, and so was the attic.”
“The attic was a lovely place to play. The large, round, colored pumpkins made beautiful chairs and tables. The red peppers and the onions dangled overhead. The hams and the venison hung in their paper wrappings, and all the bunches of dried herbs, the spicy herbs for cooking and the bitter herbs for medicine, gave the place a dusty-spicy smell. Often the wind howled outside with a cold and lonesome sound. But in the attic Laura and Mary played house with the squashes and the pumpkins, and everything was snug and cozy.” ~ Little House in the Big Woods p.18 – 19
If you’ve ever been to the Little House in the Big Woods replica house in Pepin you know how small it is and how creative Ma must have been to be able to store all those goods in such a small space.
Small space storage can be a tricky thing. It’s something you have to be creative with! I’ve got stuff stashed all over my house (in an organized fashion of course!) I keep batteries in those plastic pull out drawers. I keep all my food in 2 closets. I have a closet for paper goods, part of a closet for bulk health and bulk stuff and I keep the rest of the health and beauty in my little bathroom. I think one of the keys to having storage space is cleaning out what you don’t need. Right now me and the hubby are working through every room in the house and cleaning out everything we don’t need. I’ve been surprised at what I’m finding to get rid of!
Want to see how I store food and other goodies in my tiny house? I made a little video for you! FYI I know my bathroom shelves are bad but oh my the camera makes them look 10 times worse! And as usual I’m quite dorky in the video but I’m getting over it:)
If you can’t see the video just go HERE.
*You can find the Gamma lids that I talk about in the video HERE. The buckets are just food grade 5 gallon buckets that you can probably get at Sam’s Club or even if you ask around at your local restaurants.
Make sure you read the entire Living Like Little House series!