Over the last few months, I’ve been organizing with a family that loves sports. The three boys compete in eight different sports and, needless to say, the busy mom wanted all the sports gear organized. So we set out to set up an organized space in the basement for all their gear. Since all the equipment for these different sports doesn’t fit in the mudroom, we created a system that could be rotated based on the sport that was currently in season.
We started by laying out all the sports equipment across the basement floor. We sorted it by sport and got rid of anything the boys were no longer using. Then we used laundry baskets to organize the equipment according to sport. Plastic baskets are perfect for three reasons:
- They can easily be cleaned if they get dirty with mud or sweat.
- Damp or sweaty sports equipment can quickly dry in a ventilated laundry basket.
- The basket is easy to carry up and down the stairs to switch out the current sport in the mudroom.
In the picture here you see we labeled them with simple sheet protectors and book rings that clip onto the laundry baskets. (You can find these office supplies at your local office store.) These can be changed out as needed. Freestanding shelving lines the walls in this portion of the basement and the laundry baskets are lined up on them. We left football helmets and lacrosse helmets out because they are bulky.
I encourage you to consider the sports your family are involved in and create a similar, easy system to help your family find what they need when they’re competing. It saves a lot of time when you are trying to get out the door for practice, as well as money if older children will pass down equipment to younger siblings.