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Bike Storage

Bike Storage     Photo: thetejon/Flickr

Alpinist Colin Haley lives in a 300-square-foot shack outside Seattle, which means that if he doesn't keep his gear arranged, he can't find his bed. Here are his top three organizational tips.

1. Keep your really small gear in clearly labeled Tupperware containers, which can then be stowed inside sport-specific dresser drawers. Stuff sacks also work great.

2. Hang the big inventory—bikes, kayaks, surfboards—from ropes, racks, or hefty screw-in hooks. This capitalizes on the underutilized top third of your room.

3. When you get home from a trip, spend the extra time to unpack and return everything to its proper place.

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