13 Aug 2014
Tired of having outdoor toys and equipment take over your garage floor and backyard? They need a proper place as well to help keep them out of the way as you mow the grass or so you have room to park the car. These easy organizational tips will help you contain any overflowing outdoor toys.
Keep that Patio Looking Great
Keep your patio looking great and ready for a weekend barbecue with this method. Use a metal or plastic shelving system geared towards the outdoors. Organize your outdoor toys and goodies by category and place them in sturdy plastic totes or metal buckets. You can write the name of the category on the outside of the bin so your kids know exactly where to put things. Chalkboard labels are all the rage and can be found at your local hardware or even craft store.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Stackable, plastic crates are a great way to organize a variety of different outdoor toys, including ones that you may have to hose off occasionally. You can pick up similar, colorful crates at retailers like Target to jazz up any patio. Plus, with an easy-to-reach height for kids and laminated labeling system,they’ll be able to grab the toys they want and be able to put them back just as easy!
Gear in the Garage
Equipment can be stored in labeled bins, placed on labeled shelf space, or mounted on the wall on pegboards or hooks, whatever works best for the equipment. For example, hang baseball bats, skis, lacrosse sticks, and your golf bag from the walls to save floor space for other things. Loose items such as balls, Frisbees, helmets, and baseball mitts can be stored in plastic bins, separated by type. Balls can also be kept in mesh laundry bags hung from the wall, next to a mounted pump. This will keep them from rolling away and will make cleaning up easier. All you or your child has to do is throw the ball into the bag. Have a specific need? Do a search for what supplies are available; it may surprise you to find organizational tools geared specifically for your sport/need.
And just like with regular, indoor toys, go through your child’s outdoor toys and equipment with him or her every few months, or whenever new toys are bought, and do a purge.
What are your favorite tips to keeping outdoor toys and sporting equipment organized?