Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Runner's Room



running clothes

 
After spending some time in my dressing room working on my race wall, I decided I wanted to start a little spring cleaning. I can't believe how many running shirts I've accumulated over the years. I've found some that I never even wore yet. It made me think that maybe I should  consider having a race blanket made.
folding running clothes

 I previously had my running clothes in one of the sweater organizers but recently added a second one. I feel this lets me organize them easier ( all tank tops are together, all short sleeve are together, all long sleeve are together, etc).  I am considering replacing the sweater organizer on the left with one that is the same type like on the right. The zippered front on it can make it tricky to get the clothes in and out.

white shelf
 I love when my dressing room is organized. I put loose items, like running socks, in those pink bins to the right. This lets me easily grab them. l did something that is HUGE for me. I am not a pack rat by any means but I tend to hold on to certain items because I feel bad getting rid of them. I finally realized that it was okay to get rid of old college t-shirts and sweatshirts that I hadn't worn in years and I probably will not wear in the future. And it seems as though I have t-shirts from not only every race I've run, but every school I attended, every place I've worked, every vacation I've gone on, every sports team I've followed, and the list could go on and on. I have learned that I do NOT need to buy another t-shirt.  I am really going to try to stick to this when I go on my next Disney trip.

hanging clothes
My husband has been after me to get an actual shoe rack.  It sounds like it would be a good idea but I know that I wouldn't take the time to put the shoes properly back on the rack each time I'm done wearing them, (I'm just being honest here)!
Some of this stuff has been re-organized since I took this picture.  I actually have a few bags to take to the Good Will store. 

I definitely learned that sometimes less really is more!

What would you learn by cleaning out YOUR closet? Is there something you admit to have too much of?

20 comments:

  1. Oh, I love your closet! It is my dream to one day have an actual room be my closet. At my old house, I had a huge walk-in closet that was like the size of a bathroom and I absolutely loved it!

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  2. I go in phases where I spring clean and just get rid of bags of stuff. You did an awesome job organizing, it looks so professional!

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  3. I recently did a reorganization as well and I found lots of stuff I will never use so I gave it away. It's fun to shop in your own closet

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  4. My goal when I move is to have a well-organized closet...but the hard part will be keeping it neat and organized!

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  5. Having recently cleaned out my closet, I know how you feel with the abundance of race shirts. I have a tub system, where I'll put clothes that I don't wear into the tub and put it on a shelf. The next time I do a closet cleanout, I take down the tub and reevaluate the clothes inside...usually I am ready to send most of them to Goodwill at that point. I did get rid of a lot of race shirts and older technical clothes that I never wore, and I'm glad I did. I bet once you get started, you'll have an easier time of it. I'm very envious of your dressing room!

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    1. I do something similar to your tub situation. I put clothes I don't like anymore in a huge suitcase then every couple month i'll shop in the suitcase and find things I didn't remember I had. It's like getting a new piece then!

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  6. Like Sue, I also seem to go through phases with my cleaning and purging. My last big purge was when we packed up our apartment back in July to move into the house. Now that we've been in the house for awhile, it might be time again for another big purge.

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  7. First of all - I want a dressing room...
    I have one closet... my husband has every other closet in the house. That should tell you how messed up our relationship is :) haha ... he's a jean hoarder... I have too many pairs of shoes. I need summer shoes/ winter shoes/ running shoes / flip flops... I need to get rid of some of my running shoes actually

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  8. I moved a lot of my workout gear to my closet because my dresser was out of control. Now I have room for a lot more clothes, but it took me a while to make that move. It was one of those "I should really do this" and I never did it.

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  9. I am drooling over your organized closet!!! Cleaning and organizing closets is one of my favorite things to do. It always makes me feel so good. Nice job with yours!

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  10. Don't get me started on how many running/work out clothes I have accumulated in the last couple of years. I had to buy not one, but two of those cubby systems from Target to put everything in. As for my shoes, I have a couple of nice boxes (sort of like the pink ones in your last picture). I have two, one for my running shoes and one for my work shoes. I know I won't put them in a shoe organizer, but I will dump them in the box to get them off the floor. You have done a beautiful job! Kudos!
    @heatherlas

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  11. Okay, I officially envy your closet! Holy hugeness and so organized!
    It's official, I need a closet room and I also need to take some tips and work on organizing my own (much, much smaller) closet:)

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  12. right now I have 2 drawers used for running stuff and am slowly realizing I need a new plan as I was outgrow those soon with race shirts! I need to do another purge soon-I did one last summer and got rid of a lot of stuff (enough to make a full drawer free for long sleeve running shirts and shorts) but I probably need to do another one soon

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  13. I did a bunch of purging before we moved to our new house. But the running gear is out of control! While it is organized, I probably have far too much!

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  14. I have a big box in a corner I toss my shoes in. They don't go in a rack here either.

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  15. My race shirts are in two big bins. I like the idea of the hanging racks.

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  16. Yes to the race blanket. Project Repat made mine (Christmas gift). It's awesome and not as expensive as the true quilted ones. Since it required 64 T-shirts, I no longer have that huge pile in the corner.

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  17. Yes! I learned that less is more this summer. I donated a lot of clothes (even running clothes and shoes I don't wear). Right now all of my running clothes are packed in a box but hopefully next week they will have a new home in a new closet :)
    Karen @karenlovesstorun

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  18. Your dressing room is awesome, my closet is so small, it's a night mare :(

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  19. That's amazing! I would DIE to have a dressing room/room doubling as a closet. My home definitely doesn't have the space. I've been working hard on purging a lot this year and getting rid of things I don't wear or need. -C

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