From bicycles to surfboards, snow and beach gear to kayaks – where do you put all your sports equipment? Here are five simple storage tips.
1. Beyond the garage
Although garages are the most typical storage space for sporting goods, sheds, basements, and outside storage closets are other good options. They all work well for bicycles and smaller gear, but even these places can use some organization help. For larger items like kayaks, surf, and stand-up paddle boards, consider renting a climate-controlled unit at a local storage facility. The smaller units typically do not cost much and give you the needed room for your gear.
2. Can you make your space function better?
Identify a specific area for storage to keep it from encroaching on the entire house. Think vertical. Have a professional build floor-to-ceiling shelving to take advantage of all your space. Even in a small storage closet, getting off-season items off the floor will free up room. Keep a ladder nearby or have one built in for access.
3. Tools of the organizational trade
- For balls and lightweight items, use a hammock (typically sold for stuffed animals). Or hook bungee cords on a frame and attach to the wall.
- Some flexible wall systems allow you to shift or change out attachments based on your needs.
- For unfinished garage or shed walls, check out storage units designed to work between the studs.
- Think about canvas or mesh laundry bags for storing uniforms and items for each sport. Hang on a wall-mounted hook for easy access and to keep off the floor.
- Pegboards are useful for helmets and bats, and gloves and other small accessories can sit in baskets.
- Old pallets standing on end make great storage for tall items like bats, skis and poles, or hockey sticks.
4. Seasonal purging of sports gear
Some items wear out at the end of the season. Pads, balls, uniforms, helmets – anything that doesn’t fit, is damaged, or won’t function well needs to go. Purchase replacements only after purging what can’t be reused. To keep from being damaged by the weather, jerseys should be stored indoors. Keep dirt from damaging your stored items by washing all gear after use and especially at the end of the season.
5. Proper storage
Storing things correctly extends the life and efficiency of your items. It helps prevent damage, which means you don’t have to pay for repairs or replacements. In addition, hanging items allows them to dry out instead of retaining moisture, leading to odors and mildew. Proper storage also prevents accidents and helps athletes show up on time to games.
Related – How to Organize the Garage On a Budget