Woohoo, summer’s here- it’s time for some genius pool organization tips! It’s time to pull out the pool gear and get outside. It may be fun in the sun, but storing all that pool stuff is no picnic.

Here are some genius pool storage organization tips from pool float storage, to pool toy storage, to pool towel storage – and everything in between to help you stay organized and maximize pool fun. We have also included some awesome ideas for having fun in the pool, so enjoy!

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My kids love to go swimming in the summer, and I love taking them because it burns so much energy and wears them out (that’s my goal every day!). Plus, they always have so much fun when they are swimming with each other or with friends.

The downside to summertime swimming is all the paraphernalia – the towels, the pool toys, the floats, and everything else that comes along with pool fun. I have spent many a summer with my house being taken over by pool gear. Well, no more! Whether you own your own pool or not, these pool storage organization tips will keep your pool gear from taking over your house.

Best Pool Storage & Organization Tips

School’s out and summer is in full swing (at least temperature-wise), and that means more pool fun time for the family – yay! But before you dive in, here are some pool hacks and organization ideas to get your pool ready for cool summer activities.

1. Use an old kiddie pool to Lay Under the Stars

Got an old kiddie pool? Make some fun memories by having them watch the stars come out in a makeshift backyard bed! It’s awesome pool fun without getting wet and another great use for your pool gear. This could also be a great bed for camping or to create a sand-free play area at the beach.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage blow up kiddie pool placed outside of the house with sheets, blankets and pillows inside

2. DIY Pool Towel Storage Door

At a loss for where to hang wet towels and bathing suits? Make your own pool towel door to keep by the pool. I love DIY projects that are both practical and cute. This allows all the pool accessories to dry off and provides a cute decoration piece when it’s not being used.

Supplies needed to make this awesome towel door:

  • Door
  • Paint
  • Towel Hooks
  • Cricut Vinyl or pretty vinyl design purchased from the store
  • Wire Baskets


OneCrazyHouse pool storage towels hung from hooks on a door deignated as the towel door

3. DIY PVC Pool Towel Rack

For under $35 you can make a towel rack out of PVC pipe. It works brilliantly, saves a ton of space, and helps keep your towels organized and your backyard tidy! Use it to hang towels and bathing suits to dry, as well as to dry off pool toys. Don’t forget to take them out of the sun once dry them to keep the colors bright all summer.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage PVC pipes built into a clothes dryer for pool towels and toys

4. Create your own DIY Floating Cooler

Make your own floating cooler out of a plastic container and pool noodles for just a couple of bucks. This keeps your drinks within reach while in the pool, as well as super organized. Such a smart idea and awesome pool hack!

OneCrazyHouse pool storage plastic container with pool noodle secured around the top filled with ice and bottles drinks flooring in a pool

5. Never Lose Sunscreen or Bug Spray While at the Pool

Keep sunscreen and bug spray near the pool when you’re having a party in case your guests forget to bring their own. Put some extra beach towels out, too! Hanging them in a cute bucket allows for easy storage when you’re done, too! And when you need it again, just grab the whole basket and hang. Super easy and practical!

OneCrazyHouse pool storage basket filled with bug sprays and sunscreen hanging in a bukcet on a lawn

6. Protect Your Phone at the Pool

Put your phone in a plastic bag if you plan to keep it near the pool. The touchscreen will still work through the plastic, and you can rest easy knowing it’s protected from splashes. Keep an eye on your phone though, as it can get pretty hot in the plastic with extended use, which can damage your phone. These bags are also great to use in the water to take pictures! Don’t suberge them too deeply, and keep an eye out for any leaks.


OneCrazyHouse pool storage smartphone inside waterproof plastic bag

7. DIY Necklace That Keeps You Cool

Make a lei necklace to help keep you cool – once it’s made, all you need to do is dip pieces of sponges in water then put on the necklace to stay nice a cool. It feels amazing on a hot summer day.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage child wearing necklace made from sponges

8. Use a pallet for Efficient Pool Float and Toy Storage

These poolside pallets are great for storing pool noodles and other swim toys. Pool storage couldn’t be any easier than this! There are so many ways to upcycle a wooden pallet, but had never thought about this! Cheap & easy pool storage solution.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage pool storage made from pallet

9. Pool Storage: DIY Pool Towel Storage Cabinet

We love this cabinet makeover! What a great way to store extra pool towels and swim diapers while keeping your towels organized and within reach.  I love that it can be closed and all the chaos can be shut away behind a cabinet door!

OneCrazyHouse pool storage DIY pool towel storage cabimet with towels rolled neatly on each shelf

10. DIY PVC Pipe Pool Toy Storage

Create easy toy storage out of PVC pipes. Just make sure air can circulate to allow the toys to dry. It’s quick and easy and keeps your pool storage space clutter-free. You can even zip-tie some baskets to the sides to dry and store smaller pool toys.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage storage area for wet pools toys made from PVC pipe and netting

11. DIY Pool Towel Storage

What a great way to keep pool noodles organized along with your drying towels! This organizer was made from a pallet! What a genius pool pallet hack! The pallet can be attached to the fence or even the side of the house. Add some hooks to the front for towels and bathing suits to hang, and use the sides to store pool toys out of the sun.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage pallet attached to a fence with towels hanging from hooks in front and pool noodles stored in holes on the side

12. Use a Laundry Hamper for Pool Toy Storage

If you’re anything like me and not great with DIY projects, no problem! A simple laundry hamper works well for keeping your pool toys organized, too. Make sure that the toys are dry when stored in the hamper, or drill some holes in the bottom to allow water to escape.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage child putting away pool noodle in a hamper lablers "Pool toys"

More Pool Fun in Your Organized Pool Area

Here are some brilliant ideas for making time in the pool even more fun.

13. Fun Pool Games With Water Balloons

If you go swimming often, your kids may reach a point where (shockingly) it becomes boring. Bring water balloons and other play items to the pool for more pool fun. They are a blast as they seem to move weightlessly through the water!

14. DIY a Pool Float with several pool noodles. Pro Tip: You will need more than one

Kids (and pets!) will love this DIY pool float, and you’ll love how easy it is to make. Tip: you might want to make more than one…or everyone will be fighting over who gets to use it!

OneCrazyHouse pool storage dog on a raft made from pool noodles floating in a pool


15. Create your own Pool Luminaries

Add some lighting for nighttime swimming with these DIY pool noodle luminaries. It creates fun nighttime swimming for both the kids and the adults! These make great decorations for a party even if the pool is not being used. They also make the pool feel fancy when you are swimming with them floating around.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage mini battery operated votive candles with pool noodl wrapped around to be used in a pool

16. Add glow sticks in the pool for a magical night swim

Another way to add some lighting is to simply toss glow sticks into the pool. Kids will love it! Adults will love it, too! It is like having a pool party at night at a fancy nightclub…kinda.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage shot of pool at night with glow sticks thrown inside with text on top that says "swim in a pool with glowsticks"

17. Pool Storage Tips: Create your own Beach Towel Bag

Whether you’re in your own pool or going to your local pool for a swim, this DIY beach towel bag is pure genius. Everything you need for swimming or lounging poolside is right there! It’s great for the beach, too.

Related Post: 23 Beach Day Hacks For An Awesome Day At The Beach With Kids

OneCrazyHouse pool storage DTT beach towel bag layed out as a towel on grass

18. DIY Summer Pool Robe

How cute is this DIY wearable pool towel! This hoodie isn’t just adorable – it is also 100% functional.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage collage image, 2 kinds hooded robes hanging from hook, child walking away from camera wearing hooded robe for pool

19. Mermaid Tails Pool Fun 

Ok, mermaid tails may not be a pool hack, but let’s just say they were one of the best investments we made into our daughter’s summer. This thing was in tatters by the end of the year and she still talks about “the tail”. This is a fully swimmable mermaid tail and fin. Be sure to keep a close eye on kids when wearing these! Anything that restricts movement in water can be dangerous, so use with supervision!

OneCrazyHouse pool storage child wearing mermaid tail in pool

20. Not Pool Storage but still fun: Poolside Popsicles

Instant Popsicles!  Your poolside fun just became significantly more fun with this instant popsicle maker. Since this maker makes pops in mere minutes, all you have to do is fill it, plug it in, swim, and come back for a tasty pool-side treat.

OneCrazyHouse pool storage popsicles

21. DIY Pool Noodle Lightsabers

Check out these cool, pool lightsabers for an epic battle with pool noodles. Or use them for making apple stamps (or pumpkin stamps) for fall! All you need are your pool noodles and some grey and black duct tape. Let the lightsaber battles begin!

OneCrazyHouse pool storage pretend light sabers with grey and black tape on them to make them look like light sabers

From DIY pool towel storage, to cool ways to light up the pool, your outdoor activities just got a lot more fun! These genius pool storage tips are a welcome site for moms and dads, too!

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