Clean Out the Athletic Gear in Your Custom Garage

The garage seems to accumulate clutter faster than any other room in the home. From tools and toys to athletic gear and shoes, there is always an assortment of things without a home that wind up stashed in the garage. Sorting through these items can be a challenge, especially when athletes in your home have acquired a lot of athletic gear over the years. There are many ways to rid your garage of old, unneeded athletic gear. Follow these three tips from the custom garage organization experts at Smart Spaces in Fargo to clear the clutter and reclaim your garage!

1. Keep, toss and donate

The key to cleaning out any space is making piles of items to keep, throw away and donate. It is only possible to assess how much storage you really need after you know exactly how many items you will be keeping. If you find it hard to decide which pile the item should go into, make an additional “maybe” pile to go through again after you have decided where all the easy “toss” or “donate” items will go. If your athletic gear is still in good, working condition, consider donating it to the Boys and Girls Club, the Special Olympics or even local schools in need of gently used sports equipment.

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2. Get back a part of your investment

Many homeowners buy exercise equipment that ends up sitting in the garage collecting dust. While it may have seemed like a good idea at the time to have a home gym, many people end up joining a fully equipped gym or deciding to exercise in a different way. Whatever the reason for getting rid of unused exercise equipment, these items are expensive and you deserve to get some money back on your investment! Consider having a garage sale to get rid of your treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical machine, or any other similar piece of equipment. Other alternatives include listing items on Craigslist, Amazon or eBay.

3. Reduce, reuse and recycle

Believe it or not, there are programs out there that take old athletic gear, such as sneakers and cleats, and make recycle them into something useful. Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program does just this, turning broken/worn-out shoes into surfacing material. According to Nike, more than 632 square feet of surfacing has been created from recycled shoes – a space roughly the size of Manhattan.

For more information and tips on how to declutter and organize your garage, contact the custom garage organization professionals at Smart Spaces in Fargo today and receive a free, in-home consultation.