Americans are drowning in pandemic purchases and it is time to get our organization under control. But figuring out where to start and finding affordable ways to get there is a struggle for many people. This is especially true when looking for storage and organization solutions for sports equipment, which can be challenging as much of it can be bulky, oddly shaped, or easily damaged if improperly stored.
With the help of home organization expert Jodi Heyman, head of product design at mDesign Home Décor, and Nonnahs Driskill, founding organizer at Get Organized Schon !, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to store all kinds of sporting goods and tips to make getting started a little less daunting.
mDesign Metal Rolling Sport Equipment Storage Bin Holder Rack
For homes that are overwhelmed with sports equipment of all kinds, Heyman suggests a kind of rating. “First, collect all of your sports equipment in one place and determine what you want to keep, give away or donate,” she says. Knowing what to stow away can help you go for an organizational solution like this multipurpose sports equipment rack.
mDesign Sports Storage Rack with front pockets
Once you’ve sorted what you have, Heyman says that you should group similar items together, “that way, you can easily find equipment and not have to fumble around.” When you need a more portable storage solution to store things like baseball bats and lacrosse To keep sticks separated from balls, this trolley has two sections and a front pocket.
Champion mesh sports equipment bag
A very easy and inexpensive way to organize a collection of medium or large sized sport balls, such as basketballs, soccer balls, match balls, and soccer balls, is to take a page from your elementary school PE teacher and get a large mesh gym equipment bag to put them in keep somewhere easy to find.
Kesito wall mount for basketball / volleyball / soccer
Leaving a basketball, volleyball, or soccer ball on the garage floor is not ideal storage as they can roll under your feet and become a trip hazard. You can also roll under things and get lost and then move on to the pickup game you had planned for the afternoon. A ball holder attached to the wall solves this problem.
mDesign metal 3-tier conical wire roll household storage trolley
To store smaller items such as fitness and yoga equipment, golf or tennis balls or paddles for table tennis or kadima, Heyman considers a multi-purpose trolley to be a good choice. “I keep my yoga blankets and props organized in our trolleys,” she says.
mDesign metal 3-tier mobile household storage trolley
Trolleys, popular with professional organizers because of their versatility and small footprint, come in many sizes and designs. Heyman points out a particularly useful feature of trolleys: “The wheels make it easy to roll out when needed and tucked away in a corner or in a closet when not in use.”
AdirOffice Large school locker
We don’t often think of them for use outside of schools and gyms, but lockers are another way to store sporting goods. “Lockers are a great way to store exercise equipment,” says Driskill. If the cost of buying a new locker is prohibitive, she suggests checking for used ones on the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
mDesign Wide 3-Tier Soft Storage Organizer with compartments
An important part of choosing the right storage solution is considering where to go. After you’ve assessed what you have, Heyman says the next step is to “determine where you will be keeping your items.” The storage requirements in the garage, basement and attic are different from those in the main part of the house; This soft storage box would be better for a game room or front hallway than a garage.
mDesign metal wire storage organizer for wall mounting
Heyman, on the other hand, advises that items that are used less frequently can be stored in the basement or attic to avoid clutter. Wall-mounted organization systems are a great way to use vertical wall space for storage and keep the floor space free.
Ombre Seagrass Amelia shopping basket with lid
When choosing storage solutions for spaces where you spend a lot of time, consider design, says Driskill. “If you keep exercise equipment indoors – in the living room or in your bedroom – and want to keep it looking pretty, this huge basket is a great choice,” she says.
Coolbebe extra large sports bag
Oversized sports equipment travel bags are usually designed for travel, but they also double as storage units – especially for basement or attic storage, provided you choose a model that is waterproof and has a strong zipper to keep living things out come in. You can store everything from camping gear to hockey gear in this water-repellent travel bag.
Aoben garage hook
If the garage is a prime storage space for all kinds of sports equipment, garage hooks are an incredible investment. They can be used for so many things – this set of a dozen multi-purpose storage hooks can be used to hold everything from bikes to canoes.
mDesign metal and fabric 2 tier rack organizer rack hammock
Fabric organizers are not ideal for outdoor or garage use as they are not weatherproof, but they are an attractive and simple solution for indoor use. “Keep items that you use frequently in the garage, mud room, closet, or covered porch or patio, organized and easily accessible,” says Heyman.
mDesign Free-standing metal bike rack with storage compartment
Heyman is an avid cyclist who uses this metal bike rack to keep all of her cycling gear in one place. “The hooks on the side are especially useful for hanging extra items that you just don’t have room for, like water bottles, hats, and other accessories to keep them off the floor,” she says.
Bike Lane Products Bicycle Lift
Gear-specific organizers come in a variety of designs, so there are many options when it comes to bike storage. This ceiling-mounted bike lift can hold up to 100 pounds and has a safety locking mechanism to ensure the bike is not accidentally released. Two sets of rubberized hooks snap into place under the seat and handlebars of the bike, and the pulley system lifts and locks the bike.
Blue Hawk horizontal bike hook
“Fancy bike wall mounts are great,” says Driskill, “I also often use the $ 4 hooks to hang bikes in garages.” This heavy-duty storage hook can hold up to 75 pounds and can be used for bike storage as well as other staples in used in the garage such as electrical appliances, furniture, hoses, etc.
Driven Solutions workout storage organization for the home
Driskill advises people to pick up their gear off the floor by using wall-mounted storage solutions. “Use your wall space to hang exercise equipment,” she says. This organizer has hooks for storing rolled up exercise mats, towels or foam rolls and hooks for resistance bands and other small items.
Home-it golf bag organizer rack
Golf bags are storage units in and of themselves, but they’re also bulky and can get in the way – especially if there are several. This golf bag storage shelf has compartments for stowing two golf bags as well as four open shelves for golf shoes, towels or a bucket with balls.
Danton baseball bat and ball wall mount
If you have sports equipment, there is a good chance that a specially designed storage solution also exists. If, after taking Heyman’s advice and going through your sports equipment before settling on an organization solution, you have a lot of things like baseball bats, it is worth looking for an organizer made specifically for you.