I also put stuff in the back hatch, and secure with a float, or just wedge it in against itself so it sits tight.
I keep day gear that I might want for on water incidents clipped to the gear loops behind my seat. There's a bit of room back there for stuff like a thermos and a cag.
From my experience, I wouldn't move the seat forward, as the boat tends to weathercock if the boat is front loaded. I find (at 6' 180#) that I need to put most of my day gear behind me to balance the boat correctly. The stern in plenty loose, even when weighted.
Kayak Deck Gear Bags
Wall Mount Boat Racks
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