The air is cooler. The leaves are changing. And your ACTIVEkid is trading in his baseball glove for soccer pads.
But just where is that glove going to go?
After all, we know that if he has anything to do with it, the glove will get shoved underneath the bed only to be eaten by trolls halfway through January. Not a good idea when the glove cost more than his school lunch for a month.
Your frantic search (and subsequent frustration) for sports equipment come spring can be avoided with a trip to the hardware store and a little organization.
Put it in the Can
A standard trash can can serve as a great spot to store long or hard-to-store items. Put a bag of play sand in the bottom and toss in bats, golf clubs and lacrosse sticks; the sand will keep it all from tipping over.
Hip to be Square
Whether made from a utilitarian wire mesh or stylish painted laminate, cube shelving offers a place for everything — cleats, roller blades, agility cones and that baseball glove. Store baseballs, tennis balls and the like in plastic shoeboxes with lids and put them in a cubby, too.
Have a Ball
Footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, beach balls... well, you get the picture. To keep them from rolling around the garage all winter, toss them in a laundry basket or a mesh basket, which will give you a better view of what equipment is there (and what isn't) without having to dig to the bottom.
A mounted shelf with hooks offers the perfect spot to store racquets, bike helmets, swim goggles and backpacks. Harder items, like baseball helmets or anything else you'd like to keep out of the little one's reach, can go on the shelf.