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As with all categories of clothing – there should be a quick and easy way to store them, so that they can be easily accessed and are a pleasure to use. Today I wanted to look at the recent drawer I updated to become my fitness clothes drawer, in the hope that you get some inspiration for your clothes. It is written in the steps that I did to create the drawer for myself to make it as simple as possible.

How to create a fitness clothes drawer - a step by step guide

My starting point: –

For a quick bit of background, as a whole I don’t have a lot of clothes storage space.

My wardrobe looks relatively big – but I share this with my hubby – which gives me about a metre of hanging space with 3 drawers and 2 shelves. (On top of that I have 2 drawers in my bedside chest of drawers, and a last drawer in the spare bedroom).

Wardrobe space I have available

As such I have to be careful about what goes where… (this photo was taken when I was sorting stuff out – so you can see the work in progress!)

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Step 1 – Decide on the space you are going to use

Because I was decluttering my wardrobe – it made sense to have a move around there and then with everything, and this meant deciding where my fitness clothes should go.

At that time they were 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 the drawer in the other room for jumpers – not ideal when I wanted to be able to see all my clothes easily when getting outfits together.

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.

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Step 2 – Sort the items to store in the space

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

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Step 3 – Think about storage within the drawer

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

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Step 4 – Put everything in it’s 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: –

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…

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For those of you who know my methods well by now, there is a last step to organising – and that is 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 items – so it is obvious when you open it up what is in it.

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

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How to create a fitness clothes drawer - a step by step guide to making a space for all your fitness clothes so you can find what you want when you want it

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

I love that I have the 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.

How do you organise and store your fitness clothes? Do you keep them separate or are they mixed in with your normal clothes? I’d love to know so please leave a comment below…

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