DaveRL wrote:As it is becoming difficult to get in our cellar with boxes encroaching on steps
Solution: buy a small dog.
Then, in order to keep said small dog out of various parts of the dwelling, you will need a wall of boxes stretched across the entrance to the off-limits area(s). Easy for human to step over, impenetrable barrier to the small dog. Conveniently, said wall of boxes can contain things. Such as bottles. Which in turn contain Port. Not your best stuff, of course, but that case of LBV that you got at Tesco on sale? Perfect. You're going to drink that within the next year anyway, right?
This is all purely theoretical, of course. (It's not.) I would have no way of knowing whether or not it actually works. (It does.)