If you are a member of an active family, chances are you barely have time to relax most days, let alone set out time for cleaning accumulated mess from all your family’s activities. Without setting up some convenient storage solutions, clutter can easily start spreading through your living spaces. Here are a handful of tips on how to keep all of your gear organized and living spaces clean to enjoy your active lifestyle without worry of hefty cleanups.
2 Tips for Your Living Areas: Keeping Mess Minimized
The entry and major living areas of your home are the first areas your family are going to enter after a long day and want to unload all their gear from an activity filled day. This is one of the main ways your gear can become more clutter than convenient.
One option you can use to stay organized is to have storage bins designated for certain gear items. Dirty shoes or cleats? Have a separate bin for these items right by your front door to not have a mess to clean on the floor and to be able to find these items the next time you are in a rush to go to practice (we’ve all been in that situation where we are missing one shoe and have no time to look for it). You can also use separate bins for sports-related clothing, like uniforms. Not only will this help you keep track of their location, but you can also keep these generally dirty and smellier items in a designated place instead of dropped on the laundry room floor.
For items like duffle bags, try to designate one small coat closet to be used just for these items. This gives your family a place to put everything before settling in without flopping items on the living room couch. If you don’t have a spare closet, try to choose one with items you don’t need to frequently access, like where you keep winter coats. Another solution is to use the outside of a closet by adding some sturdy hooks to hand jackets and bags. Try to pick a door or wall close to your entryway to ensure the clutter does not start making its way through your home.
Garage Tip: Take Charge of Large Item Storage
Your garage is where you should store your larger sports items, like golf clubs, hockey sticks, bicycles, skis and surfboards. You want to keep bulky items off the ground not only to clear away clutter but to protect your valuable equipment from falling over and getting damaged. The last thing you want to happen is going to reach for your golf clubs and causing a chain reaction domino effect with all other gear piled up in your “sports corner”.
Incorporating a slatwall system like Garage Envy’s WallScape is the perfect way to create your own custom setup for your active family’s gear. The patented slatwall system allows for you to seamlessly set up garage storage solutions such as hooks and racks for hanging items, and cabinets and racks for storing smaller items in a convenient manner.
With the implementation of some of these tips, you leave more time for you and your family to be active, which is so important for overall mental and physical health. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, only 1 in 3 children are physically active each day. You want your family to engage in suggested activities without wasting time and energy on cleanup.
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