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I’ve mentioned a time or two that I’ve been working on our garage. Organizing our garage has basically been a 5 year project for me. Ha! Can any of you relate? Let’s be honest.. garages are HARD spaces to get under control. They often become a home for ALL the extra things we may or may not use. I’m happy to report that I’ve almost cleared out ALL the extra things (that I know we WON’T use) and my garage is so close to being done! This is the last pile I’m dealing with this week and most of it is sports equipment. I have struggled to find a good solution for our random sports equipment (tennis rackets, balls, rollerblades, etc.) so for years it has all just been in a pile on our garage floor with all of the balls in this black garbage sack.
Until now. :)
A few weeks ago I was searching for organizers for our garage slat wall (more on that soon!) and I came across some fun organizers for sports equipment. I found SO many good solutions (all linked at the end of this post!) and ended up going with this storage system. (It just sold out, but is available here in white or you can get this system which is basically the same thing. This is another similar option for less but it looks like it’s backordered a while!) Kenny and I put it together over the weekend while we were watching TV (guess that show!) and I snapped this pic quick with my phone. Typical scene from my family room on a Saturday! There’s usually a board game up we’ve been playing and some type of project I’m tackling on a blanket. :)
I decided to put it next to our garage door because this door leads to the backyard where my kids usually play with our sports equipment. Easy access! I almost ordered this system that hangs on the wall (I had a different spot picked out for it) but then I decided I wanted to be able to move it around if our needs change and I’m using it for something else.
Honestly I don’t know why I didn’t look for something like this sooner! Before I even put the items inside I could tell it was EXACTLY what we needed! Ready to see the after?
Ta-da! Took all of 8 minutes to put our random sports equipment inside and wow. What a difference!
Plenty of room for all of the random sports balls!
Along with a handy little shelf for other miscellaneous items. The top rack can hold more balls if needed and this similar set up (for the same price I paid) has another row of baskets on top.
Side storage for things like tennis rackets, baseball bats and hockey sticks.
There are also a few hooks on the side you can hang items from. I’m not using them now, but I’m sure they will come in handy at some point!
This is one of those simple projects that didn’t take much effort and will have a huge impact. It’s so nice just getting our sports equipment up off of my garage floor so we aren’t tripping over it every day getting into our cars!
Plus it’s going to be so easy for my kids to keep these items put away where they belong after they use them. WIN!
Our garage cupboards and drawers are finally organized! My goal is to finish our garage slat walls this week and then I’ll start sharing pics of this space. This is one project that is going to be beyond gratifying to check off of my to-do list! 5 years and much blood, sweat and tears later.. :)
So funny.. once I got all of our sports equipment organized my kids suddenly had a new interest in everything. Kole saw it and immediately started playing with his tennis rackets and hockey set and Addison took off in her rollerblades. It made me smile and remember how when they were little all I had to do was rotate their toys around in new spots in the house and suddenly old items became fun again. :)
Quick trip around the house to make sure these rollerblades still fit before she put pads and a helmet on. They do! We were laughing.. not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Ad is hands down the shortest student in her entire 8th grade class! Kole is 4 years younger and is about to pass her right up. (Sorry Ad! One of many gifts from your mom.) ;)
We’ll just keep the rollerblades on this summer. They add at least another 2 inches!
Below are lots of fun options for organizing sports equipment depending on what you need! I love all of these systems. Anyone else tackling your garage this summer?