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Garage Sports Gear Storage

Keep your sporting goods organized and in tiptop shape with smart storage solutions.

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Organize Your Gear

Balls and bats, cleats and uniforms — athletic equipment can quickly clutter up the garage if not properly organized. The first way to combat clutter is to categorize your gear, says Barry Izsak, author of Organize Your Garage in No Time and owner of Arranging It All in Austin, Texas. “If everything for one sport is stored in one place, you can just grab it and go rather than wasting time looking for it,” Izsak says. Once items are sorted, plan your space and purchase — or repurpose — various storage solutions to keep your gear ready for game day. Consider these ideas.

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Shelving Unit

If space allows, anchor your garage’s sports zone with a dedicated unit containing separate shelves for gear such as helmets, kneepads, and roller blades. Small items can be placed in plastic or wire baskets for easy access.

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Slatwall/Slotwall System

These space-saving panels easily attach to the wall and can be customized with hooks, shelves, and baskets. Slatwall is a great choice because it accommodates a variety of sports equipment, says Kevin Hall, co-owner, Clutter No More, Inc., and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. “A slatwall system alleviates the cost of purchasing sport-specific storage items,” he says. For instance, depending on your needs, you could add a hook for a golf bag or mesh ball bag, baskets for tennis rackets and bike helmets, and a wire shelf for swim gear.

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Preserve valuable floor space by storing tall items — including baseball bats, hockey and lacrosse sticks, and oars — upright in tall barrel-style containers. “Clean garbage pails work great for storing long and narrow items, and they are waterproof,” Izsak says. Be sure buckets are tall enough that they won’t tip when long-handled equipment is placed in them.

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