Let’s be real: We all have some leggings that have seen better days. Or sports bras that are way past their prime. As the new year rolls in, it’s time to get rid of the old stuff and put your favorite and most-worn pieces on display. By keeping your workout gear clean and tidy, you’ll be more apt to head to a class (at least that’s what you can tell yourself). We pulled together four different ways to organize your workout wardrobe depending on your needs:
If you’re short on space
City dwellers, this one’s for you! When you’re tight on space, bundling clothes is the way to go. Jacqui Grimes, founder of Weigh to Maintain, recommends that you group outfits together according to activity. If you have bold leggings, for example, you probably have one or two tops that go with those leggings. If that’s the case, keep them together so that you can grab them if you’re in a pinch. Secure your bundles with a corresponding headband. Then when you’re packing for the gym, just throw a bundle into your bag and call it a day.
If you have every single t-shirt since high school
Get ready to roll those shirts if you plan on keeping them. You can’t go wrong with a t-shirt… until your drawer is overflowing with bleach-stained tees that date back 15 years. While some may need to hit the trash (sad but true), the others can stick around for lounging, working out or even outdoor chores. Patty Rivas from Reach Your Peak recommends that you roll shirts so that they can be kept neat and you can see what you have at all times.
If you forget what you already have
Since the dawn of time, there’s been a debate regarding how you should organize your clothes in a dresser. While the answer is up for your own interpretation, Jennifer Kent from Dashing in Style, is a big fan of the vertical stack. “Stacking vertically lets me see all my options at a glance so that outfits are easy to put together and I don’t forget about what I have,” says Jennifer. To make it even easier, she suggests keeping all of the related items together in a row. For example, all tops and sports bras should be kept together, and the same goes for pants and shorts. However, bulkier items like sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and lined leggings should still be stacked horizontally because they take up more space.
If you have one too many pairs of leggings
Take a tip from Khloe Kardashian and just clear out an entire closet. We’re kidding, of course. If you don’t have the luxury of having a workout closet (um, who does?!), then organize your clothes by color and length. Khloe recommends organizing your tops from black to white, and the same for your bottoms. To make things even easier, break it into subsections with long sleeve, short sleeve, tank tops and crop tops. Bottoms include shorts, cropped leggings, leggings, and yoga pants.
Your workout gear should be a motivator. There’s nothing like a cute pair of leggings and crop top duo, right? By keeping your clothes organized, you’ll have a better grip on what you actually have in your wardrobe and better yet, seeing it in all of its glory might inspire you to hit the gym.