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In the Allied Princess (1978, 36') there is a large V berth with lots of space beneath, accessed by two square lids, one under each of the two cushions. I discovered that milk crates would fit into those under-V berth spaces snugly, resting on/between the inner-hull reinforcing bump in the GRP and the wood of the V berth box, so we had, I think it was twelve, milk crates with various items stored in that space, with the least-frequent items lowest and farthest forward, each crate labeled with tape and marker and coded with VS1-6 and VP1-6 in the spreadsheet, so I knew exactly where the thing I was seeking might be. There were still odd spaces for bulky-but-light things like inflater pumps.
I used the spaces behind settees for longer or dryer items, such as paper towel or TP, spaghetti in seal-a-meal plastic, etc. There was a shelf across the access to the chain locker, and it was EXACTLY the length of my electronic piano keyboard, in its case, besides being dry and protected, so musical instruments wound up there.
I had labeled all the cans with sharpie, intending to stow them in the shallower parts of the bilge, but it was utterly unnecessary, given the amount of accessible space the Princess had in the galley and saloon areas.
I hoarded excess socks for the year before we left, to store/protect all the bottles in our liquor locker, and that worked out pretty well, except that we didn't drink nearly as much as we had thought we would!
Charts under least-used settee cushion, my husband had free run of the aft Qtrberth and both deep cockpit lockers for storage of tools (Qberth) and fenders, etc. (lockers). The aft end of the aft Qberth gave access into the port cockpit locker, so there was no wasted space, but we never did use that berth for anything but a little extra nav station seating.
She had a 4.5' draft and a poured-lead full keel, so she sat straight and level in the water even when loaded by someone worrying more about where stuff would fit than how much it weighed -- these days, with our catamaran (which displaces about a ton less than the Allied), I will be paying much more attention to weight, and specifically trying to keep it even and out of the bow, underway.