Home Is Where the Gear Is

By Jeffrey Kaphan, as told to Maggie Theodora ∙ Photograph by Ryan Dorgan

When I moved from a three-bedroom home with a garage to the 1,388-square-foot live/work space I’m in now, I really had to think about gear storage. I ended up getting almost all new furniture for the upstairs living area, but I spent a lot more time planning and thinking about how to organize my gear in the downstairs than picking furniture. I needed to come up with storage options that were efficient, but I also needed things to be accessible. In addition to skiing, camping, climbing, fishing, and biking gear, I’ve got photography equipment and a jewelry studio.

The space under the stairs was wasted when I bought the place, so I added walls and a door. It’s not big enough to be a man cave—it’s about thirty-three square feet. It is more like a toy box. Camping, fishing, and climbing gear and bike parts are in bins on one side. On the other wall, I’ve got packs and skis hanging.

Even with that space, I’ve got two bikes that live in the entryway during the summer—my townie and either a road or mountain bike. Whichever bike isn’t in the entryway fits into the toy box. Two pairs of skis live year-round in the entryway, too.

Most of my visitors are friends coming from Montana or Colorado and live the same lifestyle we do here in Jackson, so they’re not fazed when they walk in. Instead, they notice the organization and how I store certain things. They’ll look at things and say, “I love the way you did that, I’m going to try that,” or, “That’s a great use of space.” I have had some visitors this lifestyle is foreign to; they are certainly in awe of all the gear.

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