For the Friday 5 Link-Up today, I’m listing 5 ways to organize your running stuff. If you’re anything like me, you have accumulated quite the collection of running apparel, gear, and crap over the years and need to have a storage system that makes sense.
1. Have a tops drawer and a bottoms drawer.
This is exactly what it sounds like: I keep my running tanks and tees in one drawer, and in the drawer below it I keep my running shorts and crops.
It takes all the thought out of dressing for an early morning run. I can stumble out of bed at 5:00 a.m., stagger over to the dresser, and–without turning on the light and waking my husband–grab something out of Drawer 1 and Drawer 2 and know that I’m not going to get arrested for indecent exposure.
2. Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ in my dresser.
To keep my tops and bottoms drawers tidy, maximize space, and optimize visibility of my running apparel, here’s my trick: I roll every item. This really helps with speed dressing when you pushed the snooze button too many times and are late to meet your running buddy.
3. Keep a running junk drawer.
Do you have a junk drawer in your kitchen? You know, the drawer that’s your go-to in order to find a rubber band, paper clip, pad of Post-Its, and an expired pizza delivery coupon? Well, I also have a junk drawer in my bedroom where I keep my smaller running-related items, like my Garmin, hair ties, headbands, Body Glide, training journal, etc.
2. Group your fuel and hydration needs together in a convenient spot.
Okay, enough with the dresser drawers! I need to break out of my bedroom and move to the kitchen for this one.
I like to keep all of my Nuun and Gu on the same shelf in a kitchen cupboard close to the back door of my house. Why? The kitchen is the closest room to the back door, which is always my exit-point for runs, and that way grabbing my hydration and fuel is practically automatic.
1. Embrace plastic storage bags.
Running a destination race or just planning to run in a different city requires forethought because you don’t want to leave some essential running items at home. I picked up this tip last year from Run Eat Repeat: I use a Sharpie to write my list of must-haves (e.g., Garmin, chargers, Gu, safety pins, etc.) on a large Ziploc bag and then pack all of those items in that bag.
Have a great weekend!
What’s your favorite running gear storage tip or trick? Any fun weekend plans?
This is my contribution to the DC Trifecta’s Friday 5 Link-Up. Please check out the Trifecta’s individual blogs: Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?! And If you’re a blogger, please consider linking up.