Perfect Solutions for Outdoor Gear Storage

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June 21, 2022
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Outdoor activities are undoubtedly fun. They help to get away from the worries of everyday life by clearing the mind while bringing the benefits of fresh air and exercise. However, these activities also lead to outdoor equipment accumulating— often without an organized strategy for storage. Because of this, they pile up and take up space, making it difficult to get up and go when you want to spend time outdoors. How should all this equipment be organized? What you need is an easy way to organize and access all your outdoor gear—a place to keep it safe and in top condition for your next adventure. 

Common Gear that Gets in the Way

Clutter happens when outdoor enthusiasts fail to put items out of the way. Each time, they place gear as close as their hands can get to it—and slowly, piles build up until everything is disorganized. Examples of such items are:

Fishing rods— are not big, but it can be challenging to store them and get to them without them tipping over, rolling off the shelves, or getting tangled in the lines.

Bikes— and accessories are some of the most awkward items to find in a cluttered garage. Without an adequate storage unit, bikes get jumbled and take up a lot of space in the garage, which you then need to locate for helmets and other accessories. 

Camping equipment— camping alone involves a whole range of accessories: tents, sleeping bags and pads, traps, and rucksacks that often take up the garage floor.

Remember that garage organization is essential; they allow you to get to the equipment you need when you need it and keep it out of the way when you do not.

The Process of Organizing Your Outdoor Gear

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Keeping your outdoor gear organized will save you space and make it easier to find everything you need. Here are our three steps to organizing your outdoor gear like an expert.

 

Sort: If you keep your gear sorted by size, it's easier to find it when needed. To start sorting, you should divide your gear into two categories: equipment for everyday use and specific outdoor activities. After that, you can divide everything into smaller piles that you can sell, donate or dispose of. Sorting by size and category makes it easier to decide where to store the equipment and ultimately helps you make the best use of the space available.

Discard: After you have pared down your collection to the bare essentials, throw away anything you no longer need. If you find something useful among the leftover stuff, you can give it to a friend, donate it or sell it (you could buy some storage units with the proceeds). If the equipment is broken, you can repair it. Recycle or dispose of it if it is beyond repair.

 

Assess: To make the organizing process more manageable, you need to make an inventory of all the things you own. From the inventory, you can figure out how much space you need, plan appropriate storage solutions, and part with the equipment you no longer need. When you plan for storage, make sure you leave space for new equipment you might buy.

 

Custom Storage for Different Outdoor Gear

Finding the perfect storage system for outdoor equipment is essential to organizing your garage effectively. It is so important to have such a system to ensure that everything stays where it belongs. To achieve this, you can try the following storage options.

 

Overhead storage: If you are a fan of cycling and kayaking and are worried about the space your gear takes up, take advantage of the overhead.

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Lightweight gear can be stored high up where heavier items can not stay. A hanging rack is another storage alternative for camping equipment such as tents.

 

Wall storage: Instead of organizing everything on the floor, consider using wall storage solutions. Vertical space can be used to store different items, especially if garage space is small or at a premium. 

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You can store climbing and snow shoes in a shoe rack hanging on the wall. To utilize your wall space, install Slatwall panel systems to keep your equipment out of the way and organized and use space you did not know you had.

 

Shelving and bins: Shelving and bins can be a perfect storage combination. 

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Because of their versatility, they are a must-have for storing outdoor gear. The best solution is a shelf with enough space between them to place closed storage bins. You can label or colour-code bins for convenience.

A Garage Geared for the Outdoors

Keeping your outdoor gear neatly stored will keep it safe and clean and prepare you well for your vacation. You can also extend the life of your outdoor equipment by avoiding damage caused by improper storage. If you are starting from scratch, create a plan using the organization tips suggested in this blog, and you will have the structure in place in no time.

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