Arrangement of Shelves - Necessary Furniture - A Golden Rule - Classification of Stores - Systematic

Ordering of Stores - Exclusion of Mice

"This department is of the greatest importance in a house, helping, as it does, the housewife in her efforts to be neat, orderly, and economical.

Large houses usually possess a storeroom, but in small houses and flats the housekeeper considers herself lucky if she has a large cupboard. This undoubtedly is essential, and if there is not one built into the house, lose no time in procuring one, however roughly made.

The storeroom should be conveniently near the kitchen, and should be well ventilated and perfectly dry.

It should contain firmly fixed wide shelves, placed at varying distances apart, with small brass hooks fixed two or more inches apart at the edge. A small chest of drawers, or a table containing some good drawers, is invaluable in which to keep kitchen paper, paper doyleys, brown paper, and string. So also are a chair, set of weights and scales, a pair of steps, and a weighing machine, if large quantities of stores, such as flour, sugar, bacon, are bought at a time.

A good supply of earthenware jars and bottles will be required, also some airtight tins, scoops, measures, a tin-opener, corkscrew, two knives, a pair of scissors, an invoice file, some gum labels, and last, but not least, a notebook or slate and pencil.

The Shelves, needless to say, must be kept spotlessly clean. This is more easily done if they are covered with white oil-baize or American cloth. If these materials are too expensive, sheets of white kitchen paper will serve the purpose, but they, of course, will have to be often changed.