Sometimes getting our kids to practice, keeping their uniforms clean, and putting food in their stomachs is about all we can manage as busy sports parents.
Add to that the stress of “where’s my uniform!?” or “I can’t find my socks!” and it’s enough to make any sports parent call the game. If we could just stay organized, it would really make life a whole lot easier, don’t you think?
Maybe a few of these ideas will help you and your athlete stay organized:
1. As soon as you get the each season’s schedule(s), put it in your personal planner, then post it on the fridge or family bulletin board.
2. Keep fold-up chairs, stadium chairs, and blankets in the car.
3. Keep a First Aid Sports Kit in the car.
4. As soon as you get home from the game, wash the entire uniform.
5. Hang the uniform on one hanger and designate an area in the laundry room for sports, where your child will always know where to find the uniform. Try something like this laundry Clothes Hanging System or All-in-One Box Organizer.
6. Train your athlete to leave his shoes, and other equipment (ankle braces, bats, masks, mits, balls, etc) in the bag so he will always know where they are.
7. Have a different bag for each sport, especially if your child is doing two sports at once. My daughter had a backpack for volleyball and a duffel bag for basketball to keep her stuff separate. No need to spend a lot of money on bags either (Everyday Duffel Bag). Try discount stores, consignment stores, thrift stores, and garage sales. Why spend a lot of money that is only going to get smelly and dirty anyway?
8. Forget complicated dinners. Opt for quick and easy meals, especially ones that can be prepared ahead and only need to be warmed up or quickly cooked.
9. Keep your kids’ sports equipment–the stuff that does not need to stay in their bags–in one place in the home.
10. Keep a small storage container in the car with extras–sox, deordorant, hair bands and ties, even a pair of sports shoes, if you have them. Because no matter how many times you tell your child to put their shoes in their bag, they will still forget them one day. Once, when my daughter could only find one volleyball shoe in her bag, we picked up a cheap pair of athletic shoes at Walmart and from then on, kept that extra pair in the car, just in case.