I have finally regained control of the closet under the basement stairs from our family's (my wife's) Christmas decorations by building a plywood platform in the attic for them all to rest comfortably on for 11 months of the year. I'm really stoked because when we finished our basement, I went from having 800 square feet of storage to probably 40 in a long, narrow pantry room.
Question is, how do I effectively make use of the space under the stairs. All the research I've done online is for a bunch of Martha Stewarty looking stuff. Not really what I'm looking for. I'm open to any and all ideas. Entry is straight in from under the "top" of the steps, sloping down with the steps. Drywalled walls, VC tile. As mentioned, I have a good sized pantry, and I also have my defensive preps well situated.
My thoughts so far have been to store so large cook ware, maybe some water in stackable containers, and to move the really longterm (as in so I don't have to dig it out often) 5 gallon buckets in there. Not sure if anyone has a similar set-up and how they've configured it, but I'm kind of at a loss right now for how to start it.