Sports are a part of modern life. Whether in school or simply for recreation, most people have participated in at least one sporting activity in their lifetime. The benefits of physical activity are many, but so are the required supplies. Whether it is a hockey stick, pair of skates, a glove, a ball, or clothing, most sports call for some paraphernalia.
There are multiple reasons why sporting gear tends to pile up in our homes:
- We played a sport in the past but no longer participate
- Our size has changed (particularly with children & youth)
- The gear is outdated and we’ve replaced it with a newer version
- Items have been given to us by friends and/or family
- Supplies are damaged and in need of repair
Frequently, sports gear represents a significant investment, making it difficult to let it go. We feel guilty giving it away when we’ve spent a lot of money, and we don’t know how to go about selling it. If you struggle, remember that the money has already been spent… keeping an item won’t bring it back.
Today’s challenge is to head into your storage zones and dig up four pieces of sports gear to remove from your space. To ease the guilt of getting rid of expensive equipment, here are a few options to consider:
- Cleats and athletic shoes tend to conform to the owner’s foot, meaning they don’t make great hand-me-downs. Feel free to pitch/recycle them.
- Many schools and community groups run used sporting equipment sales as fundraisers. Ask around to see if you might be able to make a donation that will benefit a worthy cause.
- Facebook “tag sale” groups can be a nice option for selling gear, especially children’s items. Check to see if there is one in your area, as they are easy to use and connect you with people nearby.
- If you have large items that are difficult to transport, consider posting them on Freecycle. This site allows you to post items you are willing to give away, as long as the recipient comes and picks them up at your home.
Are you ready to tackle today’s challenge? Let us know in the comments what sports gear you’ve decided to pass on.