Tidy Up Your Gear Storage


Simplify and arrange your gear (and set your self up for fast, grab-and-go adventures) with the following tips.

I’m simply your common hiker/backpacker/dabbling bike owner/SUP fanatic/occasional automotive camper. Sound acquainted? If you happen to’ve caught the multisport bug like I’ve, then you definately most likely have sufficient gear to not solely sort out any exercise, however to outfit your pals, too. You additionally most likely have a gear closet, storage, shed or storage space that would profit from some group. (At current, my gear “closet” is creeping into gear “room” territory.)

So what to do with an unruly gear area? Listed below are 4 steps to get you began. 

Step 1: Type

Divide your gear into like piles. Put camp kitchenware collectively, sleep techniques collectively, climbing gear collectively, and many others. This can enable you see precisely how a lot of every kind of substances you’ve.

Step 2: Discard

Weed by way of every pile of like gadgets, setting apart something you not need or want. No matter is left over is what you’ll have to prepare, so be even handed. If the gear remains to be helpful, present it to a buddy, donate it or (if it’s helpful) promote it secondhand. If it’s damaged, decide whether or not you possibly can restore it or have it repaired. If it’s actually past assist, be sure that to recycle it correctly. (At REI, we’re presently exploring methods to assist our members re- and upcycle used gear; keep tuned.)

Step 3: Assess

That is the place your inventive problem-solving comes into play. Have a look at your space for storing in comparison with the gear you’ve and ask your self a couple of questions:

  • Take into account the world: How a lot area do I’ve to work with? Do I’ve cumbersome gadgets like kayaks or mountain bikes that take up a number of area?
  • Take into account the storage choices: Do I would like cabinets or a pegboard? Do I’ve gear that may hold like climbing gear? Can I match stackable bins, or do I would like compressible totes? 
  • Take into account the use: Will I would like a staging space? Do I would like to have the ability to rotate gear by season (e.g., make snowboarding stuff extra accessible in winter and backpacking stuff extra accessible in summer time)? The place will I air out gear after a visit? 

Step 4: Construct and Arrange

When you’ve decided the way you wish to retailer your gear, exit and get the supplies you want. Whether or not you’re constructing cabinets or simply want a couple of extra bins, having a particular place for every merchandise will enable you keep organized in the long run. Label bins clearly. Hold gadgets you utilize often in an easy-to-grab place. Too usually, gadgets which can be saved out of sight or in inaccessible locations merely by no means get used.

Learn on for ideas that will help you dial in your storage, courtesy of people that have means an excessive amount of gear (aka REI workers).

Storage Suggestions from the Execs

Totes, Bins, Cubbies and Miscellaneous Stuff Holders

  • Take into account clear bins as a substitute of opaque ones so you possibly can simply see what’s inside.
  • Jim Weller, REI area architect, features a laminated stock guidelines in every container so he is aware of precisely what goes the place. 
    Laminated gear checklist

    Picture Courtesy: Jim Weller

  • Designate one bin because the “each journey” container, and hold the Ten Necessities inside it. Make certain to examine your stock of things that must be refilled or changed usually, comparable to headlamp batteries, first-aid bandages, duct tape and lighters.
  • Hold a couple of packets of silica gel in every tote to assist take in lingering moisture. 
  • Plastic laundry hampers with holes let sneakers breathe.
  • Wish to skip the shelving altogether? Attempt REI senior engineer Ryan McCutchen’s cubby system: He drills 5-gallon buckets to a board on the wall.  
    Five-gallon bucket cubby system.

    Picture Courtesy: Ryan McCutchen

Hanging Storage

  • Over-the-door shoe racks are nice for organizing small (easy-to-lose) sundries like headlamps, first-aid kits, and many others. 
  • Use a curtain rod or massive dowel to create hanging area between two shelving models like REI program coordinator Annie Graeter did to retailer rain shells and life jackets. (You could possibly even drape sleeping luggage over the rod.) 
    Use a rod to hang jackets, packs and other gear.

    Picture Courtesy: Annie Graeter

  • Dangle packs from hangers or pegs. If in case you have gadgets that solely exit with a selected pack (like a shovel, beacon and probe or a bicycle restore equipment), merely hold them within the pack itself.
  • Use carabiners or hooks to make the most of aspect area on shelving models. Dangle helmets, snowshoes, trekking poles and different awkwardly formed gadgets.

Wall Area

  • If in case you have the wall area, use it to get gadgets off the ground. Pauli Payne, REI advertising marketing campaign specialist, makes use of shelving brackets (minus the cabinets) to hold backpacks and ropes. 
    Use shelving brackets to hang gear on walls.

    Picture Courtesy: Pauli Payne

  • Pegboards fitted with numerous hooks and {hardware} are good for hanging gear that may be too messy in a bin. Annie Graeter retains climbing gear, ropes and packs on hers. 
    Use a pegboard to organize smaller items.

    Picture Courtesy: Annie Graeter

  • Purchase or construct a wall-mounted bike storage rack. You may match a number of bikes on a wall by staggering the location of hooks or pegs. Embellish your handmade bike rack with superior stickers like Senior Program Supervisor Chloé le Comte did.
    Homemade wall-mounted bike rack.

    Picture Courtesy: Chloé le Comte

  • Senior Software program Engineer Douglas West makes use of ceiling hooks from the storage rafters to hold bikes wheels-up. You may as well retailer paddling gear this manner.
  • Use massive peg racks to carry skis and snowboards. Annie Graeter constructed this one from scrap wooden. 
    Wall-mounted rack for skis and snowboards.

    Picture Courtesy: Annie Graeter

Common Care and Upkeep

  • Make certain to air out gear earlier than storing it once more. Hold a heater or dehumidifier within the gear space if needed—simply be sure that the heater is at a secure distance.
  • Weller places a dryer sheet in his sleeping luggage, swapping in a brand new one yearly or so. He additionally cleans sleeping luggage and tents usually with Nikwax merchandise.


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