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Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use?
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(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use? on 02/14/2011 22:52:04 MST Print View

I'm reorganizing my gear closet, 3 season and winter, with some plastic storage bins - which boxes/modules do you use to organize your gear, other than clothing?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use? on 02/14/2011 22:59:24 MST Print View

I use the ones that I could find that best fit my cabinet. I see that I need to update this photo since much of what you see was sold off last year during the big purge. Take your tape measure down to Target or wherever. I have some new ones made by Snapware that I like. Of course when I went back to Target they had no more.


David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use?" on 02/14/2011 23:39:37 MST Print View

Show off!! ; ))

I dig the reflector tape on the bear canister, smart!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use? on 02/15/2011 00:48:34 MST Print View

There is a type of modular wood kit that is sold at some home improvement stores. It is some heavy particle board pieces, and each kit forms a wooden cube that is 15" on a side, with one of the six sides open. I bought a bunch of those, assembled them all, then painted them white. One whole wall of my garage has those stacked up about five high, with the open side facing out, so it makes twenty or thirty cubbyholes to store different items.

Rope and such is on hooks on pegboard, which is above and behind the white cubes. Skis and poles are in their own closet to the side.

Fuel is kept in a fireproof container. That is white gas, denatured alcohol, butane blend, pure butane, and some unknown liquids.

A friend of mine commented that my interior decorator must have been Eddie Bauer.


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use? on 02/15/2011 12:10:25 MST Print View

I use Rubbermaid storage bins. Cheap and they last. Most of mine are rather large as it keeps cat hair out of even the packs.

Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Re: Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use? on 02/16/2011 10:24:49 MST Print View

I think I might have less gear than the OP... But we keep just about everything but sleeping bags, inflatables, and clothing in stuff sacks in the packs. Things are generally grouped- less frequently used gear, cold weather gear, and heavier gear goes into the big Granite Gear pack I'll use in winter and most of the current 3-season stuff does into our Nimbus Latitude. We keep the GG Vapor Day and ULA Circuit empty so we use them for travel and day hikes without having to empty them of gear.

All of our car camping stuff- again, excluding sleeping bags, inflatables, and clothing- is in a big Rubbermaid bin that we can toss into the car at the first mention of "looks like the weekend is going to be gorgeous!"

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
elfa works fine for me on 02/16/2011 11:32:49 MST Print View

My wife and I installed some "elfa" type metal mesh drawers in our basement to store a lot of this stuff,

I'm pretty careful to get everything dry before putting it away, but I like the idea of the mesh drawers --- fine enough that nothing slips through, open enough to allow decent air movement, and I can get a sense for what's in the drawer before opening it (depending on size of drawer and contents).

And of course, the drawers come out easily to set on the ground and paw through more thoroughly.

I wouldn't be surprised, though, if there are significantly cheaper options than elfa; we got ours on sale maybe 3 years ago (?), but still a bit spendy I think.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Ken's closet on 02/16/2011 13:27:09 MST Print View

I see that Ken's closet is the same one I use. Works OK except that my summer down bag goes outside, on top of the closet in its storage bag.

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: elfa works fine for me on 02/16/2011 13:52:02 MST Print View

I purchased some drawers similar to the Elfa but from Ikea that were very inexpensive. The mesh is spaced further apart so many smaller items would fall through, but they do make a plastic bin w/ lid to fit the same drawer assembly. Care has to be taken with them as the build quality is lacking. I had two of the drawer guides break their welds, but otherwise they have been a good purchase. It is listed under their laundry items under the series ANTONIUS. I use them in the closet for socks and such but not for my gear. Instead I purchased some wooden bins from Ikea a while back and installed some casters. Unfortunately they don't make them anymore.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use? on 02/16/2011 13:55:21 MST Print View

I use whatever plastic storage bin is on sale. Usually in the color of the previous holiday.