Thursday, May 14, 2015

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Happy Friday!  We all know having our running gear organized saves precious time.  For me, it's about the small items.  I don't have to look very hard to find shoes - there are several pairs sitting around.   And, it's easy to find running clothes.  My problem arises from all that little stuff I've amassed.  Here's what I do so I DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.
 

Headbands

As a wearer of headbands in all weather, I have tons of them.  Underneath, I also wear the narrow, tight bands that control flyaway hairs.  I keep both kinds together in a bin that slides easily into a drawer or onto a shelf.  It is so frustrating to search for these items when they are mixed in with everything else.  {I need my solid black headband!}


Hair Accessories

I keep all my ponytail holders together in one place.  These days, I'm wearing a double pony tail so I always need two.  I can easily select the colors I need (yes, they need to match!).  I keep a supply of my favorite barrettes in the same location for when I've just had a haircut and need that extra help.  {Oh no, she cut my hair too short!}

ONE OF MY STORAGE BINS


Arm Sleeves, Calf Sleeves and Gloves

I have a larger bin (yet short enough to slide into a drawer) for arm sleeves, calf sleeves and gloves.  These are paired items so it's important to always keep them together.  How frustrating it is to only find one of a pair!  {Now I've got to rethink my race outfit because I can't find the other pink sleeve!}


Socks

This is another paired item you always want to keep together!  I have a drawer dedicated to socks, but I will absolutely not put them in the drawer without their mate.  I've never lost a sock!  Match them together before you store them and you won't be searching when you are in a rush to get out the door.  {I can't find but one of my good rainy day socks!}

The Necessities

I keep my Garmin, Shuffle, Yurbuds, GU, Salt Stick Caps, and chargers in the same place at all times in my kitchen nook.  On a normal training run, everything I might need is right there ready to go.  My handbag lives there too, so if I'm headed out to a race I can't miss these items.  If it's a local race, I go ahead and put it all on me before I leave so I won't stress out at the race.  {Where did I put that Shuffle?}


Please tell me your tips for small running items! 



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40 comments:

  1. I need to get a drawer divider for my socks and such! Great idea! Have a nice weekend!

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    1. It saves a little time. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. You are quite organized. I'm sure it definitely alieviates the stress before your runs/races. I put my headbands on a hanger that I have my tank tops on. That way they are all in the same spot and I never have trouble finding the one I want.

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    1. I really like the hanger idea! I'd give anything to have enough room in my closet to hang my tanks. Unfortunately they are folded up in a drawer.

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  3. I don't have a lot of small gear. I don't wear / have headbands (afraid they won't stay in place) or sleeves (do they really work ?). What are your favorite brands ?

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    1. Most of my headbands are from Hippie Runner. Most of my sleeves are either Forza or Gypsie Runner. Yes they work. I prefer them with a tank instead of a long sleeved top. You should try!

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  4. I have a bin right next to the back door that holds all my necessities like shuffle, Garmin, Road ID etc. This usually keeps me from forgetting anything.

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    1. Yes! It helps not to have it scattered around in different places.

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  5. I put small stuff into bins as well. One for summer and one for winter gear.

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    1. I haven't thought about separating by weather. That is a good tip!

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  6. I've got a drawer dedicated to headband, sunglasses, phone armband thing, HR straps etc. and a sock drawer and another drawer with compression socks, sleeves, and all my chargers with Garmin in the kitchen, yet I still seem to fumble around looking for stuff. I had a winter headband fall behind the dresser I just recently found. I think I have my stuff in too many places. Or gasp! too much stuff.

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    1. I'm missing a headband that I wish would magically appear. Maybe I should check behind the dresser! There is no doubt I have too much stuff.

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  7. I stopped paying attention after I saw the Half Fanatics shirt haha! So jelly. I hope someday to be a member of HF.
    As for headbands, I guess that's the beauty of having super short hair, I never have to worry about headbands and accessories!

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    1. Haha! Actually, that is not a shirt. They are Half Fanatic arm sleeves. I've worn them many times. I'm not a fan of their shirts - too compressiony. I got in initially by running 2 in 13 days. You can do it too!

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  8. I've got to et some of those small organizing boxes that fit in the drawer because they seem like a perfect solution for hair accessories and compression gear. As for the other little things, I tend to keep them all in my gym bag. My garmin, flipbelt, armbands, etc. all live in the gym bag :)

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    1. I need some more bins! That's a perfect place to keep everything if you use one often. I don't go to the gym, but should.

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  9. Oh no way could I put a sock in without its match... now I do have a basket full of Unmatched socks :)

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    1. It's like I'm on a mission if I can't find a sock. I will find it! My husband and kids have tons of unmatched socks though.

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  10. Oh, the necessities...they sort of take over, don't they? Good grief. I cleaned out my drawer full of necessities as I was preparing my post on this topic - ha! Did you find yourself reorganizing/cleaning up, too? I need to get some additional bins or these organizing things that you're talking about to help keep it all in line, H! Thanks so much for the ideas and I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. I did re-organize a bit. I found I have so much stuff they give you at races that I don't know what to do with. I need another bin for that.

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  11. Apparently, I need to get myself organized! I like to think of my running gear as organized chaos.

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    1. I admit my clothes and shoes are not very organized. I would need a big purge first.

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  12. I like how you have all of your headbands organized - I swear I lose more time getting ready for a run trying to find a headband or hair pins!

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    1. Finding all those little things wastes so much time. Now if I could organize my big stuff.

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  13. YES! The headphones and gear for a run have to be in the kitchen and always have to go back to their "home". My teenagers have borrowed my running earbuds a time or two and at 5am that does NOT make for a happy mama when I'm trying to get out the door. Great post!

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    1. This mama wouldn't be happy at 5 am without her headphones either. I guess I'd be waking up some cranky teens! Ha ha.

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  14. I always put my small running items in my closet so that I can grab them after I dress for running. Running food like gels are in the kitchen pantry in a small box. My hair things are in the bathroom drawer. As soon as I finish up with something, I return it to the place where I store it so I don't lose it!

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    1. I try my best to put it up as well because it's so frustrating to have to hunt for it.

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  15. I'm with you! Socks will not go into the drawer unless paired!!

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    1. Right! If I can't find one I'm then on a mission to hunt it down.

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  16. I have taken over our kitchen nook too! I bought a handing closet organizer with shelves and drawers that I use for my smaller running gear - gloves, hats, headbands, etc.

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    1. A hanging organizer is an excellent idea!

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  17. I always wear a headband when I'm working out. Flyaways are the worst!

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    1. I can't do without a headband. Too bad I can't wear them to work!

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  18. It's quite an accomplishment that you've never lost a sock! Now that my hairs getting longer, I need to think about storing hair ties. I also keep my headbands, hats, gloves, etc. together though I store them in shopping bags I reuse. I just cut the handles off, and they make great vertical storage pices that take up little space.

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    1. Well I didn't say it was easy! Ha. Sometimes I hunt for days! Great idea on the shopping bags.

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  19. I try to keep things organized, but I don't enough space to do it quite right, but I do keep all the chargeables in the same place, so I am not scrambling all over when it's time to go :)
    Ever purchase an item, and think, crud, now I need a new_____lol I have this issue all the time even though I am out of space.

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    1. I don't have a lot of space either. I wish I had a whole closet to devote to running! Yesterday I couldn't find my Garmin. I found it outside on the porch railing (where I always put it to find a satellite). I just couldn't REMEMBER I had already put out there 10 minutes earlier. LOL.

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  20. I like having my things near the kitchen so I can grab them as I leave, too. It just seems to work well for me. Where do you keep your sparkly skirts? :-)

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  21. Ha ha! In my running drawer. Just in case you need to know, they don't take up much space at all!

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