The Ultimate Garage Organization Plan for Athletic Equipment

When you have multiple children playing more than one sport throughout the year, athletic gear storage can quickly get out of hand. Piles upon piles of cleats, pads, helmets, and other equipment can litter your garage and house, bringing unpleasant odors indoors. At Smart Spaces in Fargo, we work with you and your family to determine what kind of garage storage system you need to accommodate all of the activities of each family member. Here are just a few of the ways that you can organize your athletes today.

1. Keep like sports equipment grouped

The best way to organize your garage sports storage area is to keep athletic gear grouped together. If your son is a baseball player, keep his bat, mitt, balls, and anything else he might have in a gear bag placed on a cabinet shelf that is easily accessible during baseball season. Bulkier items, such as football padding and helmets, lacrosse and hockey pads, skates, sticks, etc., can either be hung on slatwall or placed into cabinets.

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2. Keep off-season gear stored away

If you try to find a place to store baseball, tennis, lacrosse, hockey, basketball, football, and volleyball gear year-round, you won’t have any room to store anything else in your garage. The beauty of having a custom garage storage system is that you find extra space you didn’t even think you had! Adding slatwall to your garage walls provides you with a place to keep hockey sticks, tennis racquets and baseball bats. Adding several baskets will give your family a centralized place to store all of their sports balls. Overhead storage is perfect for stowing away off-season athletic gear without it being completely out of reach or even in a storage unit. Doing so will free up space for the in-season sports gear to be organized freely without being squished or stacked up.

3. Camping gear and sports equipment don’t mix

It may be tempting to just lump in camping gear with your sports equipment. The garage storage and organization experts at Smart Spaces strongly advise against this practice. Camping gear is large, bulky and can contain more pieces than even athletic gear! Designate a space in your garage specifically for all of your camping equipment. Make sure to properly clean and air out your sleeping bags, tent and other equipment to deter mold, mildew and bacteria from growing and pests from damaging your gear.

These are just a few of the many organization methods you can use to make your garage a functional space for all of the athletes in your family whether they be competing in high school sports, tee-ball or yoga classes. For more information about how you can create a customized garage storage system for your home, contact Smart Spaces in Fargo today for a free no-obligation, in-home consultation.