Easy Storage Drawers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

An easy, lightweight and economical way to organize storage areas on a catamaran

Getting Ideas for Your Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Don’t reinvent the wheel! So many times we see something on another boat that’ll work well on Barefoot Gal . . . such as the shelves that Mickey built for Connie on their Gemini!

Battling Humidity? One Tool to Help

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Stale food from all the humidity aboard? No more!

What’s In The Refrigerator?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Uggh. How do you remember what’s in the refrigerator? A great tip from two experienced cruisers!

Moldy Maple Syrup

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Yuck! I thought maple syrup was one of those things that stayed good forever. Wrong.

Easy Eyeglass Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Eyeglass storage you can make in about 10 minutes — keep your sunglasses right by the companionway!

Unrefrigerated Mayo?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Everyone KNOWS you have to refrigerate mayonnaise . . . but do you?

Stowing Provisions: Weight Distribution

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Figuring out where to stow provisions is tough, but some things become clear when you start thinking about the weight distribution too.

Living with a Small Refrigerator

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Don’t despair because the boat has a tiny refrigerator! Tips for going two weeks or more between grocery stores -it’s easier than you think!

Hanging Produce Baskets

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

How to make your own hanging fruit baskets — a 30-minute easy DIY project!

Bag Your Spices

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

By removing spices from their bottles, you can get far more into the same space. Here’s a system for nicely organizing them.

Hanging Up Towels

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Need more space to hang towels in the bathroom? Or dish towels in the galley? Here’s a simple solution!

Why Wash Cans?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

People tell you to wash cans of food when you bring it aboard . . . but why? And why wash them again when you’re going to use them?

Innovative Bread Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Frustrated by crushed bread and crackers? Got a little space that would be perfect for storing them, except no shelves? Here’s one reader’s solution that works perfectly!

Freezing in Ziplocs

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Freezing foods in Ziplocs is a real space saver . . . until a bag pops open and you have a leak, spill or freezer burn. An easy way to avoid the problems!

Keeping Berries Fresh

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Very easy way to extend the life of berries — it’s about doubled how long they last for me. All it takes is a little vinegar and a paper towel.

How to Store Celery

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

The secret to keeping celery fresh for weeks turned out to be pretty simple, once I learned it.

Bluapple

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

A Bluapple can help extend the life of your produce. Here’s what I learned about using one.

Cooler Step

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Use a cooler on your boat? Trying to find a good place for it? Here’s an idea I saw at a boat show, which can be modified (and improved!) for other boats.

Storing Fresh Ginger

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

The absolute easiest way to store fresh ginger . . . discovered by accident!

Chilling Boxed Wine

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Boxed wine is great on a boat — until you have to fit that big box into the refrigerator or cooler to chill it. Here’s a tip from a sailor in France!

Divided or Not?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

I often get asked if it’s better to have one big container of things like flour and sugar so it’s easy to tell how much you have, or should it be divided into two or more containers?

Transporting Liquids

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

You may not immediately think of using your water bottle for food storage, but why not?

Storing Medications

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Hot and humid conditions can make medications melt . . . here’s a reader tip on a great way to store those expensive and important stores!

A Great Way to Store Spices

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

A great way to store spices if you have a refrigerator on your boat — less wasted space and longer life for the spices.

Storing Coffee — UPDATE

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

An even better way to store coffee that comes in bags. I’ve been doing this for about a year and our coffee never tasted so good!

More Ways to Store Glasses

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

If you’ve got a shallow storage locker, here’s an easy way to turn it into secure storage for glassware . . . or maybe wine bottles?

Wraptastic Dispenser

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Usually, I’m recommending products that work well on a boat. This time, I’m telling you about something that looks great but I’m NOT recommending.

Does Organizing Waste Space?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Is it worth the empty space between bins (not to mention the space the containers themselves take up) to organize the galley when you’ve got so little space to begin with?

More Storage Improvements

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Boats seem to be built with more hanging lockers than most of us need, and fewer shelved lockers. There are no rules that say you can’t change hanging to shelved!!

How to Store Box Mixes on a Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Ever pulled out a box mix and had it be a mess from the humidity — either a solid block, moldy . . . or both? YUCK! Keep your special treats in good shape!

Improve Your Storage Space

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Got an under-utilized hanging locker that’s just not organized? Here’s how we improved ours!

Hang It Up!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Need a hook for towels, pot holders or a dish rag? Want some pictures on the wall? Here’s the perfect answer — and you can remove them without a trace!

Which Way Up?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Lots of cruisers that store eggs outside the refrigerator flip the cartons each day. But how do you know if your partner has already done it today?

Rotate Your Stock

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

When you bring provisions on board, do you just stuff them in anywhere? There’s a better way, which will ensure that you’ll use the oldest first!

Buying and Storing Dried Fruits

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Eleven tips for buying dried fruit at a farmer’s market or roadside stand, instead of commercial packages.

Bag It!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

There’s never enough room in a boat refrigerator or cooler — eliminate wasted space with this tip!

Varnish Your Cans?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Older cruising books talk about dipping cans of food in varnish to protect them from rust. Is it really necessary?

Glass Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

How to store wine or liquor bottles and glasses — or any other glass bottles — on a boat? Here’s a quick project that’ll keep them safe!

Stowage & Safety

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

One key safety tip in planning your food stowage . . . don’t get burned!

Vacuum Sealed Meat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Vacuum-sealed meat is ideal on a boat. Less chance of food poisoning, less trash and even the possibility of having fresh meat with just a cooler!

Storing Coffee on a Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

It’s virtually impossible to “perfectly” store coffee on a boat . . . but with these tips, you’ll come close!

Storing Bread on a Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

How to store bread on your boat? You don’t want to take up too much space, but you don’t want it squished or moldy — here are three ideas!

Build a Can Pantry for Your Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Got a shallow little compartment that’s not used for much? Build a can pantry that’s easy to access and easy to see immediately what you have!

Knife Storage

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Knife storage on a boat is really about two things: keeping yourself safe and keeping the knife safe. Here are some ideas on what does — and doesn’t — work.

Are Rusty Cans Safe to Eat From?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

You pull out a can and notice a bit of rust on the rim. It is safe to eat? Do you have to throw it out? Here are the rules for deciding.

Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Tame those bags that are going everywhere — 4 easy and free to cheap ways to keep them under control!

Plastic Dispenser for Foil & Wraps

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Trying to get as much cardboard off the boat as possible? Get rid of the boxes that foil, waxed paper and plastic wrap come in!

Getting Rid of Cardboard Wine Boxes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

“Boxed” wine is great on a boat . . . but how can you avoid the cardboard? Make your own plastic box for the interior bladder, so it’s still easy to pour.

Getting Rid of Cardboard

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Everyone says not to take cardboard aboard a boat . . . but how do you avoid it? Lots of tips from 6+ years of living aboard!