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Old 04-13-2016, 03:31 PM
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Default How do you keep things organized when owning various boats/cars/toys?

Seems like I have a bunch of bags with things in them but can't ever keep things straight.

If you have multiple things (like we all do here) how do you keep them organized?

Need some ideas for keeping items straight between a car, two boats, a jetski, house, etc...

anyone have a proven system?
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I keep a pair of sunglasses in each vehicle. That way I always have a pair if I go to the boat.

Keep my keys for vehicles in a drawer in the kitchen. I hate keys so I only have a key on my persons at a time. No key chain.

My boat keys and dock keys I keep in a small water proof pelican case. I always grab it when going to the lake. Jetski key and lanyard stays in the small jetski glove box. I keep an extra set of boat keys hidden in a cabinet on my dock. I just throw my phone and money clip in the pelican case.


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what kind of things are we talking about?

All my stuff stays with the item it needs to be with, I don't have to keep up with any of it.
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1 car, 2 trucks, 2 boats, 2 homes and 1 condo in the USVI....lots of stuff to track and manage, tons of folders for each boat/engine and all their maintenance items. Same with the vehicles, just lots to manage and track all the time.
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Old 04-13-2016, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by mwgoldman View Post
what kind of things are we talking about?

All my stuff stays with the item it needs to be with, I don't have to keep up with any of it.
Good question.

- tools specific to each thing
- spare parts
- future things for projects on the individual vehicle.

etc..
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I have shelves or cabinets dedicated to each. I keep all boat stuff on one rack and two cabinets.
Car stuff is in one cabinet.
Etc
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ah... tools and stuff.

I have a tool box full of random stuff I tote back and forth. Boat specific stuff I keep in a dock box. I keep extension cord, socket set, etc in the dock box as well. Like somebody else said I try to keep them separate.
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i became a minimalist. problem solved
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I think the first thing you got to do is stop everything, and see exactly what you have. Take a day and get organized Then figure out what things need to go where. I think the bags are a good idea but you need to know what you have in each one and we are each one goes.
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I stick everything in my wife's purse. When we get there she has it.
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The woman helps me

3 houses, 3 boats(1 for each house), 1 warehouse, 2 motorcycles, 4 cars, 30 foot camper, 3 snowmobiles. WHOLE bunch of other crap.

I just throw my mail in a pile and she puts sticky notes on it, lol. I just fix broken stuff, build stuff, fish and play with the dogs.

I try to be able to pack very light. Generally I bring my brief case and a roller / carry on.
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Rubbermaid bin for each toy, contains what I need for that toy. In spring when I get the boat out I throw the bin in and am good to go, PFD's, cushions, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, common tools. When the duck boat comes out I throw a bin in there, all the cushions and PFD's, spare decoy anchors, various setups to make motion in the decoys, extra gloves, hand warmers, canisters for the propane heater.
Works for me
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I try to keep things simple I have all boat extra parts on one shelf in garage or on the boat one large tool box that goes in the truck only when towing with all tools and trailer parts needed for break downs In short I have found it to be a way of life to be organized at 51 I can't remember all the little things I used to be able to. So I have started to have procedures in place to keep my life on track
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Originally Posted by Throbbin Rods View Post
Rubbermaid bin for each toy, contains what I need for that toy. In spring when I get the boat out I throw the bin in and am good to go, PFD's, cushions, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, common tools. When the duck boat comes out I throw a bin in there, all the cushions and PFD's, spare decoy anchors, various setups to make motion in the decoys, extra gloves, hand warmers, canisters for the propane heater.
Works for me
Those or those totes that gas stations get when the get product shipped in...just don't tell anyone where you got them or get caught getting them
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When I had 2 boats I carried around a canvas bag with handheld GPS , VHF Radio, portable running lights ,Flashlight and assorted fishing stuff.
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Originally Posted by Parkrat View Post
I keep a pair of sunglasses in each vehicle. That way I always have a pair if I go to the boat.

Keep my keys for vehicles in a drawer in the kitchen. I hate keys so I only have a key on my persons at a time. No key chain.

My boat keys and dock keys I keep in a small water proof pelican case. I always grab it when going to the lake. Jetski key and lanyard stays in the small jetski glove box. I keep an extra set of boat keys hidden in a cabinet on my dock. I just throw my phone and money clip in the pelican case.


I have this exact case, and do the exact same thing.
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