My husband and I love to get out to the mountains. In the winter we downhill ski, back-country ski, cross-country ski, snowshoe, winter camp and, occasionally, ice climbing. In the summer we love to hike, backpack, canoe, rock climb, mountaineer, scramble, mountain bike, road bike and car camp.
As a professional organizer, I sometimes wish we only had one hobby so we didn't have to buy and store gear for all our wild adventures.
Needless to say, we have a lot of gear! So I thought I would share some details about our “Gear Closet”.
We live in a condo without storage in the garage, so the closet in our spare room/home office is has become our gear closet.
I take pride organizing and setting things up so we can grab and go. It took a bit trial and error - switching things around and adjusting containers, but we have it pretty streamlined now. (At least until we decide to start another hobby!).
Room to Breathe organizes using Julie Morgenstern’s S.P.A.C.E. method.
Sort: Sort all your gear by activity first, then group together by season.
Purge: If there is gear that you no longer use or that needs to be thrown out for safety reasons, now is the time to do so.
Assign a Home: Maybe you have a whole garage of space to custom set up for your gear and activities or maybe you’re like us and have a closet, either way, you should set up zones for each activity and each item should have a home in the correct zone. If every item has a home, it will be easy to maintain and you will be able to find what you need every time.
Containerize: Snag some bins as required, peg boards, hooks, etc... and give each item an easy to access home. Save your prime, easy-access real estate for items you use most frequently. For items that don't get used as often, bins with a label in harder to reach areas are ideal.
Equalize: I love this part as it is the final touch on the job. Equalizing essentially means making it easy to maintain. Labels are key here so you and everyone who uses the area know where things belong. As well, my husband and I have placed a few lists in our gear closet. In our 'day trip' bin we have a list of other items that we need to bring -ie: headlamps that are in our 'personal' bins. Also, you can include some activity gear lists- Hang a 'canoe trip' gear list on the door so you can do a final check through on your way out.
Organizing can feel overwhelming at times but encourage yourself in knowing that once your set up properly it will be easily maintainable. This will help save you time, stress and energy and allow you to do more of what you truly enjoy!
And as always - if gear is taking over your life, give us a call - We are always happy to find a unique and customized organizing solution for you.
Finally, check out our Gear Closet Board on Pinterest for a few ideas.
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