Does it seem that you are always running out the door to soccer when your child discovers s/he has no idea where his/her cleats are? Or you get to dance class only to discover you have cleats instead of dance shoes?
Create sports or activity packs for each child and activity. Use different colored/types of duffle bags or backpacks for equipment for sports or other activities. For example, if your daughter participates in dance lessons and soccer, designate one bag for cleats, shin guards, extra practice uniform, etc. and the other for dance shoes, tights and leotards. If your son has piano and flag football, find a tote for music books and a duffel for cleats, uniform and headgear.
Have your kids (or help them) clean out each bag immediately after the activity. Place cleats, shin guards and other gear/equipment right back in the bag right away, toss the trash and bring uniforms, etc. right to the laundry room. As attire is laundered, place it right in the designated bag. If you’d like to go the extra mile, pin or place a checklist for what goes in each bag.
Activity packs will make life easier when it’s time to run out the door and will eliminate or minimize missing or lost equipment if they have a home and are not constantly being shifted around.