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Feeling sporty? - how to streamline your sporting gear

Wimbledon may be over but where to store everything?

Now Wimbledon has wrapped up and we witness the triumph of champions on the tennis court, summer holidays are fast approaching, bringing with them the promise of outdoor adventures and sporting activities. However, with all the excitement, it's crucial to ensure that your sports equipment is organised and ready for action. As a professional organiser, I understand that sports gear can quickly take over your living spaces, causing clutter and chaos. Fear not! In this blog, I will share practical tips and smart storage solutions to help you score a clean and organised space for your sports equipment, just in time for the summer fun!

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1. Assess and Sort Your Sporting Gear: Before diving into any organisation project, it's essential to assess your current inventory of sports equipment. Gather all your gear in one spot, and start sorting items into categories such as balls, bats, protective gear, shoes, and accessories. This step will give you a clear picture of what you have and help identify any duplicates or items that are no longer in use.

2. Declutter and Donate: Now that you have a categorised collection, it's time to declutter. Be honest with yourself and consider donating or selling any sports equipment that you no longer use or need. Many community organisations and youth programs are often on the lookout for secondhand sporting gear. By letting go of the excess, you'll free up valuable space for items that matter most.

3. Create Dedicated Zones: Designate specific areas in your home for each sport or family member to keep things organised. For example, you can have a basketball corner with a basketball rack and a football shelf with bins for footballs and related gear. Having dedicated zones not only makes it easier to find items but also encourages everyone in the household to return gear to its designated place after use. When my children were younger and swimming each week, in the hallway we kept a large basket and that is where their weekly kit was kept, washed after each lesson and put back so there was never any stress to find it on the appropriate morning.

4. Optimise Vertical Space: Maximise your storage potential by utilising vertical space. Wall-mounted shelves, hooks, and racks are excellent options for storing sports equipment. Install a sturdy pegboard on the wall to hang small items such as gloves, hats, and protective pads. Bicycles can be hung from wall-mounted hooks to free up valuable floor space.

5. Clear Bins for Visibility: Transparent storage bins are a game-changer when it comes to organising sports equipment. Use clear containers to store smaller items like tennis balls, shuttlecocks, and miscellaneous accessories. Being able to see the contents at a glance saves time and eliminates the need to rummage through various containers.

6. Label Everything: Labelling is essential to keep everything neat and easily accessible. Create simple, legible labels for each storage area and container. This will ensure that each item has a designated spot and will also make it easier for family members to help maintain the organisation.

8. Clean and Maintain Regularly:

Regularly clean and maintain your sports equipment storage areas to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating. Wipe down equipment, wash sports bags and uniforms, and periodically check for damaged gear that needs replacement.

Organising your sports equipment is not just about tidying up; it's about creating an environment that encourages an active and fulfilling lifestyle. With a well organised sports gear storage system, you'll be able to focus more on what you love – playing and enjoying your favourite sports.

As a professional organiser, I hope these tips will help you and your family achieve a winning organisation strategy for your sporting gear. If you have any specific questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out. Happy organising and happy playing!

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