How To Create A Fitness Clothes Drawer – Get Your Kit Sorted Out


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Create a fitness clothes drawer to organise your workout kit with this easy step by step guide. Your workout gear will be simple to grab when you need it, and not mixed up with all your other clothes in your wardrobe. Perfect!

How To Create a Fitness Clothes Drawer

My fitness clothes were a mess.

It’s one of those areas of clothing that can get missed all too easily, because most other clothes seem to take priority in the wardrobe or chest of drawers.

But, if you’re like me, and you enjoy going to the gym – it’s time to get your workout gear sorted.

Once and for all.

So – let’s look at how I did it, and hopefully it will give you a few tips and ideas along the way…

Why Do You Need To Organise Your Workout Clothes?

I always have a “why” in mind when I set about organising any area of my home. Mainly because I want to be as motivated as possible to get the job done well, but it also helps to know what I need from doing it.

As such, here are the things I thought of: –

  • I want to find them quickly. If the mood hits to exercise in the morning, then I don’t want to be hunting through all my clothes to find what I need.
  • It will make it more likely that I’ll exercise because I can find everything faster.
  • There are several items needed for each workout outfit – so being able to see each of them at a glance makes things simple.

The Starting Point For Your Fitness Clothes Drawer

Now, I don’t have a whole lot of space for my clothes. At all.

In fact – the wardrobe space you see is for myself AND my hubby. And that’s it.

About a metre of hanging space each, 3 shelves, and 2 drawers. Roughly.

… and I’ve already talked about using chests of drawers for bedside tables, which adds some clothes storage to the room as well (really handy place for underwear!).

This is pretty much enough for us, as we tend to keep everything out (no seasonal swaps), and use it all regularly. It also stops us having too many clothes, because it’s all too easy to fill the space you have, but we still needed a little more space for the stuff that doesn’t need to be in our day to day clothes storage.

That stuff?

Our fitness clothes / workout gear.

Wardrobe space I have available

By the way – this is a photo of my wardrobe when I was sorting it out – it doesn’t normally look like this!

So – it was time to think about the space in a different way – and maximise what other spaces we had that would be a good fit for the fitness side of things.

Let’s go through the steps I did to get to the final result…

Steps To Organise Your Fitness Drawer

Step 1 – Decide On the Space To Use

The fitness clothes were at this time all in one of the larger drawers at the bottom of my wardrobe – which was working well – but because these clothes were taking up space in my bedroom, I was having to use a drawer in another room for jumpers.

This wasn’t ideal when I wanted to be able to see all my clothes easily when getting outfits together (not to mention that the other room was a guest room so if we had anyone staying it meant possibly popping into there to grab stuff…)

As such it made total sense to move my fitness clothes out of the bedroom and into the drawer in the spare room instead (part of the day bed that we have there which works really well for occasional guests).

Drawer ready for the fitness clothes to be added

This meant that a category of my clothes that didn’t relate to any others could be stored together and accessed easily when I need them, but that wouldn’t take up valuable prime storage space in my wardrobe.

It was a nice deep drawer and so with the amount of fitness clothes I had, it seemed like a good choice.


TIP – Always think with the big picture in mind when organising any area of a room. Where something is currently situated may not be the best place for it and so it makes sense to move it first before organising – as that way it will be much more fit for the job in the end.

Step 2 – Sort The Workout Clothes

As with my organise anything in 4 steps post – the organising starts with “Like with Like”.

To be able to know how best to organise my clothes in that space, I first sorted them all into piles of similar items: –

Fitness clothes laid out in like piles

My categories were as follows: –

  • Outdoor jackets
  • Long sleeved tops
  • Short sleeved tops
  • Vest tops
  • Short trousers
  • Long trousers
  • Socks
  • Sports Bras
  • Swimming
  • Caps (although I ended up not storing these in the same place, as they would get squashed).

Step 3 – Storage Within Storage

I had already decided on the drawer that I was going to use – but this was of course just one large space, and everything would get mixed up pretty quickly if I wasn’t more careful.

As such I turned to my trusty drawer dividers from IKEA that I use for many drawers in my house. They are versatile and come in quite a few colours – and I think they work perfectly to divide a space up.

I already had a set of black dividers from a project a while ago, so I simply worked out the best configuration for them inside the drawer, based on space available and what I wanted to store (the categories of clothes).

Adding storage dividers to the drawer

Step 4 – Everything In Its Place

So – I had chosen the place for all my clothes, and added extra storage help within it – now was the time to start filling it up!

The small drawers were perfect for my socks in one and my sports bras in the other: –

Filling a drawer with sports clothes

TIP – I always try and use a filing technique with my storage – as you can see from the picture above, this means that you can see everything easily rather than stacking it on top of each other and having to sort through. It also meant that I could utilise the deep drawers much better in this instance.

Next, I added all my swimwear in the medium sized box (most things could be rolled up in this section as you can see): –

Filling the fitness drawer step by step

And I finished the storage areas off with all my tops – again stored in a filed way rather than piles as then I could grab which I wanted and get going: –

Filling my fitness clothes drawer

Lastly – the back of the drawer was used to store the larger tops (outdoor jackets) and my trousers – as these were fine to be a little more loose (and I use them less often, so they were out of the way at the back): –

Fitness clothes drawer filled

As you can see, all items of clothes can be seen, and that way I can pull out what I need easily without making a mess – and when I come to put items back in the drawer I know exactly where they go as they have a space.

Things could have been folded a little neater I grant you, but you get the idea!

Fitness clothes are easy to roll or fold quickly and don’t crease as much so I prioritised by doing just enough to get the functionality I wanted…

For those of you who know my methods well by now, there is one last step to my organising system – and that’s to label or tag the space you have just completed.

I actually chose not to label this drawer, for a couple of reasons really: –

  1. I am the only one who uses the drawer – and I know very easily where everything goes.
  2. The drawer is all for fitness clothes – so it’s very obvious when you open it up what’s in it.

 I am all for making life easier – and so in this instance, labelling would have been one step too far…

How To Create a Fitness Clothes Drawer

My workout clothes storage organisation is simple, but VERY effective!

The whole thing probably took no more than half an hour to complete once I had everything I needed ready to go – and it’s made such a difference to being able to find what I need quickly.

I love that I now have these clothes in the spare bedroom, as they are out of the way for day to day life, but still really easy to get hold of when I need them, and they have indeed helped me to free up much needed space in my wardrobe for the stuff I do wear daily.

So – why not sort your fitness clothes drawer this weekend as a quick project? It’s such a relief to have an area that’s ready to use like this, and I’m sure you’ll love it!

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This article was written by Chrissy

Hi - I'm Chrissy... Having run my own business for 12 years as a Professional Organiser and Interior Designer, I know what works (and what doesn't!) when it comes to setting up a home that works both functionally and aesthetically. Now you can mostly find me in a coffee shop or at home, working full time on (which I setup back in 2011) sharing all my tips and ideas. My mission is to help you create a home that you love to live in every day...


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