the best root cellaring book is called Root Cellaring by Mike and Nancy Bubell. It's all you need!
Your basement might be alright for some things. beets, carrots, potatoes, and some squashes like 40ish degrees and damp. that book tells you the exact humidity that you need. perhaps you could build a small room in your basement and watch the humidity.
more recently, we've left our carrots in the ground with some hay on top and harvest as we need them.
we store butternut and delicata squashes in our upstairs area that is closed off in the winter. they like 45-50 degrees and dry.
our onions and garlic are stored in our stairway to the basement where is tends to be a little warmer and a little drier (don't know exact temps...probably a little colder than upstairs).
using that book and experimenting over the years has worked for us...depending on our harvest (how much we have) we've had onions and potatoes until late spring (when they sprout) and squashes and carrots until about that time too.
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