Continuing along the path of Tidying Up, I learned that I really must work toward putting things back where there belong and not where it’s most convenient. While it goes against the grain of the KonMari method, I took a modified approach with my workout gear, dedicating time alone with the clothes as well as the implements as I transitioning from the clothes category to the miscellany. For the time being all non-clothing items have been stored in a bag which is near and dear to my heart.
Epic Yet Essential Overview
My fitness items were past due for an audit, so as I worked my way through the tidying up process, grouping all the items together gave me an opportunity to make an inventory. As I went through boxes in preparation, I found workout stuff all over the place. The more boxes I upended and drawers I opened, the more items I’d find. Talk about a treasure hunt in my own house (too bad, I didn’t find money each time)! With all the items laid out before me, it was easy to discard some items which have lived a full life with me. After five years, I managed to whittle my running hats down to two: one ball cap-style and one visor.
The bag is actually from a race that I missed out on. I was supposed to run the Savannah Women’s Half earlier this year with a group of girl friends and then I got bronchitis and decided to switch jobs, and by the time the race rolled around, I was undertrained and mentally unprepared for it. The bag has sentimental value because it represents a circle of girl friends who have been integral in making Orlando feel like home. They had a blast in Savannah, and now we all have matching bags (which I love so much more than another race shirt I don’t use). It makes a great gym or weekender bag, and until I can create my own Geek Chic Shred Shed will serve as the workout wrangler.
I put two personal touches on the bag: one of my Star Wars name tags and my old IFS Brand Ambassador bag tag, both of which had huge sentimental and nerdy value to me. Putting together my gym bag really gave me an opportunity to think about my fitness goals moving into the new year. It also gave me carte blanche to throw out long expired items, making the cleaning process quite liberating. Surveying my possessions also gave me clear direction for future purchases and items which should be replaced in the future.
In the Bag Necessities
I have sensitive skin, so it is rare that I will use anything on my skin with perfume in it. The exception to the rule are the Badger Balm Series, especially when I was regularly training for half marathons. The items in my kit are my favorites, but what sparks joy for me are the storage bags. The black one was from my first flight kit which was mercilessly backed over by an irresponsible hotel van driver. The larger one with the Hawaiian print was actually a shoe bag that a colleague in Honolulu made herself. It was our first time flying together, but I’ll never forget her kindness to me.
- Secret Clinical Strength Smooth Solid Waterproof Deodorant (I also love the Sport Formula)
- Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Cream – sometimes I get heat rash in my elbows and behind my knees.
- Neutrogena Age Shield (SPF 70, but I usually use 100+) and Beach Defense (SPF 70)
- Body Glide Anti-chafe Sticks (regular and for her formulas)
- Foot Rubz Massage Ball
- Gaiam Restore Pressure Point Massage Stick – Christmas present from my Sister.
Looking at the items laid out before me really gave me perspective on how much I’ve invested in my own fitness goals. More importantly, taking the time to organize everything felt like quality time with both my stuff and myself. Stay tuned for the two follow up pieces which will focus on favorite running and cross training products later in the week.
She’s a Goal Digger
There is a substantial investment when it comes to fitness. I cringe at the word athleisure, but I’ve realized that it’s the unfortunate brand that most of my clothes now have. I have become lazy about delineating between workout clothes, every day wear, and leisure wear. It’s high time I channel my inner Susan Powter and “STOP THE MADNESS!!” I can’t wear my race medals out as an accessory, but they deserve proper display instead of their current state: neatly tucked away in a box. I’ve run eleven half marathons and the proof is collecting dust.
I promise to work toward the following:
- Use my workout clothes for working out only
- Invest in a medal display rack and hang up my bling
- Mount my white-board calendar for tracking
- Fix bathroom scale or invest in a new one
- Create a wish list of items
- If I buy a new article of clothing, I need let go of something in its place.
- Create a designated storage space for fitness items without sacrificing ease of access.
- Maintain an inventory of items to avoid double purchases
- Find a purpose of unused race shirts
Given more time, I am certain that I will think of more ways to work toward improving my lifestyle. The above items are not related to my specific fitness goals, but with regard to avoiding collecting more items when I am not utilizing the tools already at my disposal. Cleaning out my apartment has really provided time by myself to think about what I need to become a better person and live a more organized life.
Answer Me, These Questions Three
- What essentials do you keep in your gym bag?
- Do any of the items have particular sentimental value or spark joy when you hold it?
- What items did I leave out that you think I should add (and which brand do you recommend)?
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