Organizing all your sports equipment and accessories in a neat and functional space can save time and reduce anxiety, whether you are a dedicated athlete or weekend warrior. It is definitely a challenge getting motivated to engage in sports activities if you are struggling to locate your gear. And when the kids can’t get out the door in time for practice or games because their gear is all over the place, the stress levels can really get high!
If you and your family spend too much time looking for your sports equipment, a few simple steps can help you get started with a more organized system.
First, find a dedicated space you can set aside for all the sports gear. An area in your garage, mudroom or basement, or an extra closet are good possibilities. Make sure there is plenty of space available for all the gear you want to store as well as additional space for organization such as shelves, cabinets and racks. Ideally, the space you select should be well-ventilated to ensure your sports equipment stays dry and fresh.
Next, collect all the sports equipment and make sure to get rid of things you no longer want to keep. You may have broken rackets, deflated balls or worn out accessories you intended to repair but ended up replacing. Anything in good condition that you do not want to keep can be donated.
Now you can decide, based on how frequently items are used, how to group your items together. If each kid is involved in a different sport, you may want to organize items by person. Or, if it makes more sense for your household, you can group items by activity. For example, all tennis items can be grouped together, all hockey items in a separate group, bike accessories in another group, and so on. You could even group items by season, if that works better for you.
Once you have your dedicated space selected, all the gear you need in one place, and a way to group items that makes sense for you, you will need some storage tools to hold everything. Depending on the amount and type of gear you have, you might want to install bicycle racks, ball bags or shelves, hooks for rackets and helmets, and bins for smaller items like gloves and pads.
Finally, with everything neatly stowed in their proper racks and shelves, be sure to clearly label every shelf, rack, bin and cabinet. This way, there is a much better chance things will get returned to the correct location, and everyone can readily find what they are looking for. Having this organized system in place will help save a lot of time and keep the stress levels to a minimum. For bigger projects, contact us for a free quote on a sports equipment closet organizer. Game on!