When it comes storing items in your garage, sports equipment often proves the most difficult. This is mainly due to the fact that the items are generally oddly shaped and thus not suitable for standard shelving systems. Basketballs, baseballs, gloves, tennis racks and many other types of gear can be a downright hassle when it comes to storage.
Fortunately, there plenty of products you can buy to make this job less stressful. In addition, they will allow you to keep everything organized and in place. Instead of cramming your various sports equipment into a box or tote where it can be lost or damaged, consider investing in specialized storage racks. This is just one of the many ways to safely store your gear. Here are some other quick tips as well as products to think about buying.
How to store sports equipment neatly
• Buy a ball rack; this is a worthwhile investment for families with members that play different sports. The racks are designed to fit any type of ball; feel free to make a designated space for each individual, as this will ensure the gear doesn’t get lost or mixed up.
• Build or buy a shoe rack; this is a no-brainer, but will help you save space and keep all your footwear tidy and together. Shoes are items which almost always get lost in disorganized garages, so having individual slots for each pair is a must-have. You will never have to worry about struggling to find that set of cleats before the big game.
• Clean your equipment before putting it away; after the season has ended, don’t rush to store the gear. Wash uniforms to get rid of stains. Keep in mind that this is not just for aesthetic purposes. It may come as a surprise, but dirt and grass can degrade fabric if it is left alone. Fading and overall wear and tear can be easily avoided by running soiled linens through the washing machine before they are stowed away.
• Use baking soda to make the uniforms smell fresh; laundry detergent may be effective at getting rid of visible stains, but acting alone will not eliminate the odors caused by sweat. A cheap yet effective trick is to pour baking soda into a large bowl. Place the bowl in a tied off garbage bag (make sure it’s airtight) with the washed linens. Let the bag sit for 5-7 days and you will be good to go.
• Store the gear in sealed containers with a small amount of baking soda to keep them fresh and dry (preventing moisture) until next season.
• Install a bike rack to increase the available square footage in your garage. You can also install an overhead storage system, as this will allow you to place everything above ground.