One thing about rpg's; "a place for your stuff" should be the second priority when you're working on quests.
Your own house is the only reliable place to keep extra stuff. 1 weapons cabinet, 1 armor cabinet and one "junk" cabinet,
On a geeky sidenote: I went to visit Bittercup in Bigtown to see what she'd give me. A raider was in the compound and cut her head off.
I was so upset I went back a couple of saves...
somehow the raider killing Flash didn't bother me quite so much.