Garages seem to accumulate clutter very quickly, and this is especially true in households where playing sports is all too common. For families that love sports and therefore have tons of sports equipment to store, here are some simple garage organization tips for storing all of that sports equipment.

Basketballs, soccer balls, etc.

Basketballs, kickballs, footballs, soccer balls—they’re going to roll around unless you create a space to corral them together. If you want to take the DIY route, you can always create a ball corral by building a box frame out of wood and stretching bungee cords down the sides.

For something a little easier to set up, you can always install a rectangular mesh container on the wall. And in a pinch, you can always use a mesh laundry bag hung on the wall of your garage! Just be sure to install it low enough that you and your kids can reach down through the top opening.

Baseballs, tennis balls, etc.

Baseballs, tennis balls, and wiffle balls don’t store quite as well in a ball corral or mesh laundry bag. Instead, consider installing some basic shelving and bins for holding these smaller items. Alternatively, you can hang smaller baskets along the sides of a DIY ball corral.

Baseball bats, hockey sticks, etc.

Got a wooden pallet or two lying around? Wooden pallets can easily be repurposed for storing baseball bats, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, and more. Simply refinish the pallet with sandpaper and paint if desired, turn the pallet on its side, and lean it against the wall for an easy storage space.

If you’re not feeling crafty, then a tall and narrow garbage bin set against your garage wall can do the trick just as well.

Helmets, rackets, mitts, etc.

What about those odds and ends such as tennis rackets, softball mitts, and bike helmets? You can always install individual hooks for these hanging items, or you can install pegboard and hooks for more flexibility with hanging items. Shelving and bins are an option as well for items that are small enough.

Bikes

Bikes can be especially cumbersome, and you definitely never want a bike to fall over and hit a car that is parked in the garage. For safe bike storage, consider installing wall hooks made especially for hanging bikes. Alternatively, if the bikes in your garage are not used very often, you might install ceiling hooks.