With Softball just starting up in our area this weekend, I am reminded last soccer season and all of the stuff that these extra-curricular activities bring into the home. You've got cleats, shin guards, uniforms, huge socks, and three kids…what do you do with them to prevent yourself from going bananas looking for little Suzi's shirt or little Fred's guards ten minutes before a game?
We tried many methods: A big plastic bin to dump everything into, special sports uniform drawers in the dresser, and even keeping all of the equipment in the car (don't know what we were thinking with that one since you can't really get dressed in the car).
What ended up working best for us was using a basket for each kid underneath their backpack hook to hold ALL of their sports and extra-curricular equipment. It makes sense to them because they've got their backpack hanging on the wall with school stuff, and right underneath it a basket with non-school stuff. Even my five year old boys were on board with this. When we said "Get ready for practice!" they knew exactly where to go to find their soccer equipment (putting it on was another story).
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Shown above: 6-Bin Storage Shelf