How in blazes can anyone organize kayaking gear, especially the clothing? Come to think about it, it is mostly (so I thought at first) about the clothing stuff since it is fairly easy to keep track of a boat and a paddle and a pfd.
Do I put gloves in one bin, head gear in another and foot wear in another? Do I keep a pile of base layers and one of fleece tops? Where does long under wear go? Paddle tops? Shorties and Farmer Johns? Or do I make up bins by weather? Warm air/warm water. Cold air/cold water. cold air/warm waater. Cold water/tornadoe warnings.
Then there are the gazillion little bits of stuff. The two-part epoxy syringe, for instance. Does it go with the duct tape (of which I now have a dozen rolls...I need a support group...but I digress, again). All repair stuff together? But some has to be in the boat, some available on a day paddle and some to go along for a longer outing. There are bungees and rolls of various sizes of string. 707 protective spray and my Fabreeze bottle have to be in there, don't they?
By now I have stuff everywhere, just like in George Carlon's famous bit on travel. You see, my basic problem is that if I can't see it, I can't find it. So I have all those different shaped plastic bins that I had imagined (while buying them at the hardware store) would dovetail nicely into the back of the Blazer. I have filled them all and with all combinations: Tops in one v. one with warm water gear and one with cold. But wait, I need that warm top for today's warm water but cold air day.
Anyway, it is all in bins and bags, and most of it is in the car. I have risen to the cause and found a solution that uniquely suits my method of thinking. It is called the rummage-around-until-you-find-it method of kayak gear storage, and I honestly believe it is my invention. So start sending me your royalty checks people.