I'm an apartment dweller and an outdoor lover. This leads to one big problem: storage.
Back when I was looking for my apartment I was hoping to find something with a large storage room or extra closets. In the end I found a place with great light, new floors, and reasonable rent...but no dice on the extra storage.
Luckily, these days there is a simple solution to our gear storage woes. Take yourself down to Ikea and buy yourself a wardrobe.
Or two. (What? I have a lot of stuff.)
I got these two bad boys at Ikea for $250 each. They don't sell this exact model anymore, but they have lots of options at a variety of price points. Because I'm fancy I added a set of knobs from Anthropologie. Ok, let's be honest. Because I had a gift card I added the knobs from Anthro. I mean, $8/knob? Yowza.
To maximize functionality I added some simple S-hooks (available at hardware stores) to the hanging bar to accommodate my backpacks and panniers and a set of plastic drawers for small items (Craigslist for the win!).
It may not be as beautiful a built in or as spacious as a garage, but it's presentable, functional and rental friendly. Have you found a storage solution for all your outdoor gear in your small space?