5 Ways to Keep Your (Running) Shiz Together

Happy Friday!

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.

5 ways to keep your running shiz together - alsoranagainHere are my tips:

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.




…and bottoms!

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.

IMG_0503That way none of those things gets lost at the end of my run–it just goes back into the running junk drawer.

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.

IMG_0505I 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.

IMG_0508So easy.

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 DCMar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?! And If you’re a blogger, please consider linking up.

34 thoughts on “5 Ways to Keep Your (Running) Shiz Together

    • I’m also organizationally challenged, which is why junk drawers work well for me. Even if it’s not well organized, at least I know all my necessities are in there.

  1. I’m getting some great ideas today, Molly! I love this plastic baggy trick; I’m definitely going to do this before my next race, just so that I know everything is accounted for before I walk out the door. I have drawer 1 & drawer 2, too, and mostly for the same reason…because at 4am I can’t be held responsible for what I put on to go for a run – ha! I’m so glad you joined in on the link up today; I always love your posts! 😉 Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    We store our stuff very similarly! Glad to see you have your own shelf for your fuel and hydration! That is huge for me! I was rolling my stuff until recently until I bought the stacked hangers. Life changed after that!

  3. Oh my gosh, I am going to run home after work and roll my clothes! I LOVE THIS! I have a drawer for tops and a drawer for bottoms but they are stuffed and I can never find anything at the bottom of the stacks so I end up wearing whatever is on top! You are a brilliant lady, Molly!

  4. Yes! I keep items separated in plastic bags when I travel (electronics, fuel, accessories). I need a running junk drawer. Did you run the Lulu Seawheeze Half couple years ago? I saw you had the plaid shorts? (but could very well just be another pair of plaid shorts) 🙂

  5. I love these ideas. I have a similar system, in bins or piles, on my closet floor. Unfortunately, I just don’t have enough space right now in my current apartment. Thankfully I will be in a house in the next two years. Until then, my bins will suffice. I love the plastic bag idea. I already use plastic bags, but writing on them is genius!!

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