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Three boys playing soccer, two dancing hip hop, one playing baseball, and one who runs races.
That’s our Spring sports schedule between my three kids.
I can even tell you who practices when and needs to be where without consulting my planner. Just don’t ask me when games or races are, but I have our weekly routine down and I’ve yet to be late to pick up or to forget a practice entirely.
When your kids are involved in so many activities, you have to be organized. It’s the only way I can get everyone where they need to be when they need to be there.
I really don’t want to spend my time searching for whatever uniforms or gear my boys need for their practices and games. And I really don’t want to see the mess they’d make tearing their rooms apart looking for a missing jersey while they whine “I can’t find my uniform!”
For soccer, there are t-shirts for practice, two different game jerseys for each child, and soccer socks. Baseball needs pants for practice and for games, a game jersey, socks, and a belt. While my boys can often wear their normal school clothes for hip hop, there are times when they’re supposed to wear the tee from their gym. It’s a lot to keep track of.
But, it’s so much easier now: whether it’s the kids or me looking, we only have to look in one spot.
The basket holds soccer and baseball socks and baseball belts. Then, there’s a stack for hip hop, one for baseball, and one for soccer. When I’m sorting laundry, I make one pile that will go to this sports closet. This way, I’m not looking in this one’s closet or that one’s drawers or under the other one’s bed. All jerseys and practice clothes are in one spot.
In the bin below the shelf is where I put the gear from off-season sports. Right now, it holds basketball uniforms and karate uniforms and belts. When months go by without having to look for these things, it can be hard to remember where it all is, so I decided to keep it all together. Cleats, shinguards, and other shoes are stored separately- because all of that tends to stink.
I use space in a hall linen closet but a friend who saw my system made her shelf in her garage where she had space, so figure out what works for you, but it’s so much easier when you only have one spot to check!
We’ve been using this system for a few years now and it works really well for us!
Now the only sports laundry problem I have is finding time to wash it all! Their usual school clothes plus a change of clothes for sports for everyone in my household (even Coach Husband) means that I’m washing a lot of clothes. Since the cost of sports can add up, I have to look for savings where I can find them. So I started using Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Liquid Laundry Cleaner, which performs as well or better than the national leading brand but only costing me a fraction as much.
Since jerseys get so dirty, I appreciate that Member’s Mark was developed with a patented Ultimate Clean Technology that locks on tough stains and lifts them out in all temperature settings. Even though I still don’t understand why on earth anyone thinks it’s a good idea to have white soccer jerseys, the improved brightening and whitening of Member’s Mark helps stop my grumbling at least a little bit. It can also be used for pretreating stains and is HE compatible.