.....well, more a case of trying to acquire some.
As I mentioned before (I think, can't be sure without reading back!), OH reaches retirement age next year and plans to cut back from 4 12-hour shifts to 3 per week....he'll do that for a year, possibly 2, and then cut down again to just 2 12-hour shifts a week. He plans to retire from work for good at probably age 68. Our income will drop quite substantially along with his reduced hours, so we need to start planning now for living on a reduced income.
One of the things we've decided to do is to start stocking up on tins and dry goods and toiletries, especially when we see things we normally buy on special offer. E.g., last week one of the shops had the deodorant we normally buy on offer at less than half price, so I bought 4 of them....wish I'd bought more really, I will do if they're still on offer when I go next. I must try and get into the mindset of buying stuff like that in bulk when the price is really good. Oh, and having the money at the time would be useful, too!!
Stocking up like this obviously means we need somewhere to store it all. We do have what I grandly call a utility room.....in reality, it's a brick built outhouse added at some point some years ago to the side of the kitchen. It used to house a loo, coal cupboard and bread oven, apparently - they're all long-since gone. The previous tenant added a load of mismatched wall cupboards and worktops, most of the cupboards are in dire need of remedial work....or preferably dismantling and new ones put up! My washing machine, tumble drier, spare fridge and 2 freezers (one small upright, plus a small chest freezer that was given to us when somebody was moving home) are all in there. At the moment, the cupboards house my collection of ornaments and Chinese pottery that I used to collect.....don't really have anywhere to display them and they've been in there since we moved in 2 years ago, so a bit pointless keeping them really! I'm pretty sure there's nothing 'Antiques Roadshow' valuable, but I suppose we could flog them at a boot sale, if I can bear to part with them. The point is, it's all taking up valuable cupboard space. I do store a small amount of tinned and packet foods out there, the tins on a worktop, the packets like flour and sugar in a lidded plastic box. But if we can clear out the cupboards and OH can fix or do them up, then it would provide lots of useful storage. Something we need to sort out in the near future.