Re: box storage
JG, I am im complete agreement with little john. Set down some cinder blocks and stack the boxes just like they were functioning hives. You could probably go about three hives tall. Staple some window screen over the opening to keep out the bigger bugs but the palmettoes will still get in no doubt. If the lean to is just three sided, you might want to leave the top box open as a swarm trap. My wife lets me keep all my bee stuff in a small bedroom. It is packed.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.