With summer in full swing whatever the weather and whichever part of the country you live in then you will need to have a sports basket for your kids. We found the two best options were a plastic garbage container, the rectangular is best and/or a plastic laundry basket. Don’t choose white unless you already have them on hand. These two items are the stars for storing skates, balls, bats etc, Strong, durable and washable. Place one in the mud room, basement or garage and tell your kids where to find their stuff and more importantly where to return the items when they are finished. You can also place an old towel in the bottom to soak up any excess water if they have been out in the rain. For swimmers and trips to the lake and beach, designate a bag with towels, sunscreen floaties, toys, hats and swimsuits. Just remember to wash when you return home or pull them out on wash day if needed. Everyone will think you are brilliant.