Well, the school year is under way and that can only mean one thing for parents of student athletes – it’s time to shuffle from one sport to the next as fall sports segue into winter and eventually spring. If your athlete plays multiple sports, you’re probably all too familiar with the revolving door of athletic equipment that always seems to be shuffling through your home. However, unless you have ample storage space in your garage or attic, chances are good that your athlete’s sports gear is cluttering up a section of the house. So what’s a parent to do when they have too much to store and not enough space? The solution is simple – a self-storage unit. This is an inexpensive way to gain some extra space to store sports gear in a clean and safe environment. Before you pack the sports gear away though, here are some tips on how to properly store your items…
Preparation: Before you pack your sports gear away until next season, it’s important to make sure that it’s all clean. Launder items carefully, making sure that all mud and grass is removed. Equipment that can’t be laundered, such as helmets and guards, should be wiped down with a mixture of water and dish detergent. It you have pads with persistent stains, soak them in hot water, laundry detergent and a splash of bleach for about an hour. This will remove stains, bad smells, and bacteria.
Storage: Plastic storage containers are the best, because cardboard adhesive may contain chemicals that can be harmful to clothes. Keep items from one sport in the same container so you’ll have quick and easy access and know exactly where everything is. You can also color code your containers so you can easily tell which sporting items are in which. To keep your gear smell-free while it’s in storage, simply add a small, open container of baking soda to each box. You would be surprised with how well this works: baking soda absorbs all unpleasant odors and prevents them from returning.
If your Pasadena home is short on closet space and you need a storage solution, call STORBOX today at (626) 407-3439 and speak with one of our storage counselors. We’ll help you decide what size and what type of storage space is right for you at this time. And even if you want to increase the size of your space down the line, we can accommodate you with that too.