How to Organize Hockey Equipment

Learn how to organize hockey equipment easily (and minimize the smell of stinky hockey gear too)!

How to Organize Hockey Equipment

When I became a hockey mom, I was completely unprepared for all of the equipment, accessories, bags, and just general “stuff” that came along with the sport. (And the smell… I was totally unprepared for the smell. ?)

But now that we’re a few years into it, we’ve been able to nail down some systems to keep all of our hockey gear neat and organized and as smell-free as possible! (We use these systems for hockey in our house, but most of them could easily be adapted for other sports as well.)

How to Organize Hockey Equipment

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Storing Hockey Equipment in the Garage

The most helpful thing we’ve done to organize hockey equipment is to create a hockey storage section in our garage. This keeps the smelly gear out of the main part of the house and gives it a “home” to return to when it is not in use.

Organized Hockey Gear Stored in a Garage

We used the ALGOT system from IKEA to create a wall of shelves to hold hockey bags and some bins of extra gear that we’re waiting for the boys to grow into.

[FYI… IKEA recently discontinued their ALGOT system and replaced it with BOAXEL, which is very similar.]

We also installed a few extra hooks on the wall where we can hang sweaty gear to air out in between practices.

Hooks for Airing Out Smelly Hockey Equipment

Finally, we added a few mesh baskets to the shelving unit to hold hockey pucks, so the boys always have a big supply when they’re playing outside.

Hockey Pucks Stored in a Mesh Bin on IKEA ALGOT Shelving

Right beside the shelves, we used wall hooks like these ones to create a spot to hang the hockey net and blocker that Connor uses in the driveway.

Hockey Net Storage, Hockey Stick Storage

We used additional wall hooks to neatly store hockey sticks so they’re up off the floor and easy to grab when the boys need them.

Related: A Tour of Our Organized Garage

A Drawer for Extra Hockey Supplies

Along with our hockey station in the garage, I also use a drawer in the dresser of our guest room to hold additional hockey socks, jerseys, and tape.

Organized Hockey Drawer with Hockey Socks, Hockey Jerseys, and Hockey Tape

When I bring Connor’s hockey bag up to the laundry room (about once per week) to wash all of his gear, I also check and see if I need to replenish any of the supplies that he keeps in there. If I do, I can grab them from this drawer where they’re neatly organized.

I use SKUBB boxes from IKEA to hold the different types of tape Connor uses for his stick and equipment, as well as the spandex base layer (top, bottom) he wears under his gear.

Hockey Spandex and Hockey Tape Organized in IKEA SKUBB Boxes

I use the filing method (aka the KonMari Method) to fold extra jerseys and hockey socks so we can easily see all of our options and grab the color we need for various leagues and practices.

Hockey Jerseys and Hockey Socks Folded Using the KonMari Method

Organizing the Hockey Bag

Connor’s hockey bag is another organizing obstacle in and of itself! We are currently using a tower bag (rather than the duffel style) to carry around his gear, and I like that it has different sections for various pieces of equipment.

Organized Hockey Bag

There are holes for Connor’s skates and his helmet at the top. I keep the practice jerseys he wears on a weekly basis under his helmet.

Organized Hockey Bag with Skates, Helmet, Jerseys, and Pads

There is a mesh “shelf” where we keep smaller items like gloves, elbow pads, and shin guards, and bigger equipment like his pants and chest protector go in the larger section at the bottom.

Detailed Shot of an Organized Hockey Bag

The flap of the bag has two pockets. We use the top zipper pocket for extra small accessories like the neck guard, wrist guards, and mouth guard. The larger pocket holds hockey socks and a toiletry bag.

Flap of an Organized Hockey Bag

Inside the toiletry bag we keep extra tape, scissors, laces, a helmet repair kit, spray to keep the face mask from fogging up, and wipes that we use to clean off Connor’s helmet and other gear if needed.

Toiletry Bag Used to Organized Hockey Tape and Accessories

Washing Hockey Equipment (and Eliminating the Smell!)

Since I was totally blindsided by the smell of hockey gear when we first got into the sport, I wanted to make sure I touched on how we go about minimizing the stinky-ness as much as possible!

Each week I try to find the biggest gap between practices and games and bring Connor’s hockey gear up to the laundry room. I put everything except the helmet, skates, and mouthguard into the washing machine and use this special sports detergent to wash it.

Hex Laundry Detergent to Eliminate Smell in Hockey Equipment

When the washing cycle is complete, I hang anything that is padded to dry, only throwing the jerseys, socks, neck guard, and wrist guards in the dryer.

Hockey Equipment Drying in a Laundry Room

If items go through the washing cycle and are still smelling (this sometimes happens with the gloves especially), I will put them in ziplock bags and stick them in the freezer for about 24 hours.

Put Hockey Gloves in the Freezer to Kill Bacteria and Eliminate Smell

I learned this tip from Becky at CleanMama (who is SO brilliant!), and she says that freezing the gear kills the bacteria and eliminates the smell. I will also put the helmet in the freezer (inside a bag) a few times per month.

After the equipment is all dried (or finished being frozen!), I pack everything neatly back into the bag so it is ready for another week of use!

Any other hockey/sports moms out there? I would love to hear any tips or tricks you use to keep your kids’ gear organized, clean, and smell-free, so let me know in the comments below!

You can get more information about the systems we used to organize our kids’ areas of the house in the posts below:

Our Boys’ Organized Shared Bedroom

Our Boys’ Organized Shared Closet

Our Organized Playroom

[Psssttt… You can find ideas for organizing every single room of the house in this post!]



Mesh Baskets for Hockey Pucks

Hooks to Hold Hockey Net

Hooks to Hold Hockey Sticks

Toiletry Bag

Odor-Eliminating Laundry Detergent

Happy Organizing!

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  1. I love your organizational tips, unfortunately I didn’t have the extra space for that kind of a setup when my son was skating. I had a similar set up for his bag and for keeping his equipment from stinking. It’s unbelievable how bad one can smell after being on the ice for several hours a week when they start out clean to begin with, and unfortunately it will only gets worse with age!!! I found that wadding up newspapers and putting them in his gloves and skates helped to pull the odor from them. Now, that being said, newspapers today seem to leave ink on your hands more often today, than they did 30 years ago, but it’s still worth a try. I wish I would have known about freezing them back then, great tip, I’ll have to remember that for my grandchildren.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooo, I’ll have to try the newspaper trick! They really are SO stinky, aren’t they? 🙂 Thanks so much, Debbie!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Amy spence says:

    Don’ t worry Abby after about 10 years you do become “nose Blind” lol I have to say my daughter stinks more than my son! And washing them is bad luck in their eyes!! I have to say spraying my kids equipment with an essential oil blend called “OnGUARD” by doTERRA really helps kill the bacteria on their equipment.. I found it to be the best so far.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I’ll have to look into that! Thanks, Amy!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Sofie Couwenbergh says:

    I need to show Boyfriend this. He just throws his hockey stuff down in the garage and boy, does it stink 😀

    1. justagirlabby says:

      SO stinky, right? Hockey equipment is the WORST! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  4. Kelly Bober says:

    We don’t have wall space for hooks like you have so instead we use a clothing drying rack in the garage. We hang the socks, jerseys, towels, jock on the bars going across. Then the flat part on the top we throw the hip pads and gloves on top of so everything can dry. The trick is remembering to get it out of the bag and onto the rack right after practice so it doesn’t get time to get smelly in the bag!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Sounds like you have found a great system, Kelly! It really is so hard to remember every time, isn’t it?! SO smelly! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  5. 20″ Box fan on gear after every game/practice. Fan on low overnight. My gear doesn’t smell at all.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks for the tip… I’ll try that!

      ~Abby =)

  6. We brought my daughters bag in every night and put all her equipment on a tree to dry, a fan may be needed. It is key is to have it dry every night. Then wash the equipment every week or 2. If your kid gets the dreaded hockey rash, cut the feet out of tube socks and you have tubes to put over their shins, under their shin guards or over their forearms, under their forearm pads, single use, you get six or seven pairs in a bag. Then wash before using again. Put a new pair in the bag each day (or the six pairs, but make sure they take the used pairs out every night). Even if they don’t have a rash, this also keeps the most terrible smell at bay, as there is a barrier between their skin and pads. Always have them wear a clean shirt, and shorts under their shoulder pads and breezers, change these every day.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing, Carolyn!

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