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As the coronavirus rages on, we’re all finding ways to adapt to our ‘at-home’ lifestyles.

While there’s just some experiences we can’t quite replicate at home – going to a sporting event, or eating dinner inside your favorite restaurant – there’s been a lot of ways we’ve all adapted our favorite activities to be viable at home instead. Like going to the gym!

Home gym equipment has been a valuable commodity for most of this year, and as the future of gyms reopening is still a pretty big question mark, a lot of us out there who want to stay in shape have turned to buying exercise equipment for our home to use in the meantime.

Of course, as we’ve all probably learned once or twice before the quarantine, home gym equipment takes up a lot of space. If you’re trying to keep your exercise routine safely at home while we wait to see when the gyms become safe again, here’s a couple things to keep in mind when it’s time to put it all away:

 

Home Gym Equipment Storage Ideas

Define the space

One of the most important things to focus on for home gym storage is figuring out exactly where your home gym is going to go. Are you setting up a few hand weights in that unused bedroom? Do you have a room in the back of the basement where you can fit an exercise bike? Knowing exactly where all this stuff is gonna go will help you come up with an organizational plan that much easier.

Use all your wall and ceiling space

A great way to save room in things like drawers and bins is to look on the walls and ceilings. Wall hooks can be used for things like resistance bands and yoga mats to keep them off the floor and out of the way, as can ball claws for medicine balls or more oddly-shaped personal weights. If you have low-hanging ceiling posts, these are a great place to slide up exercise mats or hang a punching bag up low enough to be reachable.

Look behind the door

Over the door storage is a great solution for smaller things like resistance bands, jump ropes, and wrist weights that kinda don’t have a home anywhere else, but are too small to just leave sitting around. Consider throwing a few baskets on the back of your door for your smaller gear and see how much clutter it saves.

Lock it up

Home lockers are an aesthetically appropriate way to pack up some of your exercise gear without taking up a ton of room on the floor or on your shelves. If your exercise equipment tends to involve longer supplies, lockers are a good solution. Even if you just use them to store your favorite workout outfit, it’s a great way to keep your, er, more odorous clothes away from the normal hamper before wash day.

Look for “unusable space”

Finally, there’s some stuff that’s just too darn big to put elsewhere, like treadmills or exercise bikes. Big stationary items like these, however, can create “unusable spaces” that are perfect to fit a little extra storage in. That gap between your treadmill and the wall? Try to slide some wire shelves in there! Got an exercise bike that’s not going anywhere? Use the handle to hang your resistance band and jump rope from! With a little imagination, even bigger items like these are perfect candidates for extra storage and organization.

 

Hopefully it’ll be safe for you to hit the gym again soon, but in the meantime, you won’t be tripping over that new weight set you bought to keep you busy!

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