If You ’ve Got Game
Make sure you can manage your sports gear off the
Garage Squad's Skate Storage rack
and skaters, bicyclists and ballplayers, golfers and gliders, runners and rock
climbers, scuba divers and skiers — there are probably more types of outdoor
sports enthusiasts in San Diego than anywhere else.
Of course, what this really means is
that our homes, garages and patios are prospective breeding grounds for bikes,
balls, racquets, golf clubs, surfboards, rollerblades, helmets, gloves, fishing
poles, fins, skis and innumerable other sports accoutrements.
Collecting sporting gear seemingly has
become as much of a hobby as the recreational activities themselves. there are
dozens of sports, and each has its own type of equipment and accessories. Some
are used year-round, while others are pressed into service only seasonally (aka
“once in a blue moon”).
Without an organized system for storing
all your paraphernalia, you can end up spending more time playing hide-and-seek
with misplaced gear than you do playing your preferred sport. Luckily there are
some excellent space-saving organizers available to help you stay on top of your
game — or games, as the case may be.
SORT BY SPORT
One of the basic rules of organizing
is, “Group like things together.” But rules are made to be broken (at least
in the organization game).
For instance, storing all types of
balls together — soccer balls, tennis balls, footballs, golf balls — isn’t
always an ideal way to keep them handy. Depending on the number of accessories
needed to play a game or perform an athletic activity, it may be more effective
to “sort by sport.” Here are some examples of grouped gear for 10 of the
most popular Southern California sports:
• Cycling: bikes, helmets,
• Fishing: rods, reels, tackle
• Golf: clubs, balls, shoes,
• Scuba: masks, fins, wet
• Skateboarding: skateboards,
helmets, protective gear
• Skating and hockey: skates,
helmets, hockey sticks, kneepads
skis/snow-boards, poles, boots, goggles, gloves
• Soccer and other ball team
sports: balls, shoes, uniforms
• Surfing: surfboards, wet
racquets, balls, visors/eye protection, gloves
Garage Depot’s Racor
Although multipurpose racks will work
for various items, certain types of sports equipment require specialized
The best storage solutions for the gear
groups listed above are easy to access and space-efficient while also providing
room for sport-specific accessories.
• The Double-Vehicle Bike Rack
(www.homestorageusa.com; $58), a
wall-mounted rack which holds two bicycles vertically and has shelves for
helmets and shoes.
• Cabela’s Solid Oak 10-Rod
Four-Drawer Rod Rack (www.cabelas.com;
$120), an attractive stand-alone unit designed to neatly store almost every
category of fishing gear from rods to reels, reel oil, extra parts and tools.
• The wide range of golf gear storage
systems from Great Golf Memories (www.greatgolfmemories.com),
including the Golf Organizer with Bench ($118), which has enough storage room
for two sets of golf bags, golf shoes, gloves, caps, and other accessories.
• A rolling rack called the Scubamate
$213), efficiently designed to let you hang, hose off, dry and store all your
scuba gear together in one place.
• The Garage Squad’s wide range of
wall-mounted racks, including the Skate Storage Rack (www.garagesquad.com;
$27) which features storage for two pairs of in-line or ice skates, pads,
helmets, and hockey sticks.
• The Dekrak (www.sportstorage.com;
$10), a versatile wall rack that can hold skateboards, helmets, snow skis, water
skis or snowboards. Sportstorage.com also carries a good selection of racks for
storing additional ski accessories and other sports gear.
• The Sports Equipment Center (www.spacesavers.com;
$100), a free-standing system designed to accommodate team sports gear,
including every size ball, up to three baseball bats and four pairs of shoes,
with six hanging hooks for caps, helmets and gloves.
• Mac Racks (www.wetsand.com;
$53-$87), an assortment of wooden wall racks for storing a surfeit of
surfboards, as well as snowboards, sailboards, wake boards and paddleboards; the
racks come in single, double or triple levels sized for storage of almost every
type, length and shape of sport board up to 6 inches thick.
• The Racor Racquet Rack (www.garagedepot.com; $37), a wall-mounted organizer with molded rubber sleeves
to protect up to eight racquets from scratches and a roomy basket for holding
ball cans and accessories.
Note: If you want your sports equipment
to be ready whenever you are, always make sure items are clean, dry and in
storage-worthy condition before putting them away.
HARRIET SCHECHTER is founder of
The Miracle Worker Organizing Service and author of three books, including
“Let Go of Clutter.” Her online advice column is at www.MiracleOrganizing.com.