How To Organize Your Workout Gear

If you’re like me, your fitness stuff makes up about 90% of your wardrobe (and laundry). I don’t really have a “system” on organizing all of it, which is what inspired me to write this post and see what others are doing. My system right now is just having a drawer for gym shirts, shorts and sports bras. And it ends up getting pretty messy since I dig through it each day to find the write outfit. So the research commenced to get some good tips from other runners and fitness lovers! So let’s talk about how to organize your workout gear:

How To Organize Your Workout Gear

Tanks & Shirts

Use shower hooks. A great idea I saw on Instagram is from @kariofitness:


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She uses shower curtain hooks to put on hangers and hang her tanks and shirts. Another instagrammer commented that in order for them to not slide around, she puts the hooks through rubber bands on the hanger. Genius I say! Easy enough to get shirts off the hooks and put them back on.

Stack vertically instead of horizontally. Why have I never thought of this? This is a great tip from Running On Lentils!

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This will totally solve my problem of digging through my drawers, because I can just grab and go. Click through on the photo to read her full post on organization.

Roll up your shirts. If you ran out of drawer space, you can use storage bins for your shirts. I knew rolling clothes up = less space taken up, because I always do this when I pack for a trip, but never thought to do it with my workout gear. This is a tip recommended by MCM Mama Runs and Confessions of a Mother Runner. Here’s MCM Mama’s photo:


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Basically the same tenants can apply here – roll them up in bins, store in your drawers or hang them. Some people use the pants hangers for their capris but I hate unclipping and clipping them in. I think for me, the best thing will be stacking vertically in my shelves.


Use an over the door rack. You know, the ones that are for shoes or beauty? Store your headbands in those in order to quickly access them.

Use a bin or bag. Running on Lentils suggests having a separate bag for headbands and hats/visors. Yes, you might have to dig around a bit, you’ll know where they are and you can keep them hidden away in your closet.

How cool is this idea I found on Pinterest? (click through didn’t lead me to a website so I don’t know what the source is, sorry!)

 I found this one on Pinterest too from The Scacci House:

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I think that might be the winner for me! A ribbon stuck to the wall with some clothespins = genius idea to hang your headbands, and other stuff too like gloves!

A random tip I liked from Straighten Up With Kristen (full article below) is to create gym outfits and put them together in your drawers that way. And to have an extra outfit and sneakers in your car at all times. I can’t count how many times I’ve been out and want to go to the gym but don’t have my gear, or go to the gym and realize I forgot something like a sports bra.

Thanks to these bloggers for being organized (unlike me) and sharing their organization tips!

Here are a few other helpful links that might help you with spring cleaning:

What tips would you add on organizing your workout gear?

Are you generally an organized person? Because I’m definitely not :-P


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  1. These are all such great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! :) Pinned!
    Annmarie recently posted…Fit’n’Fashionable: Spring into Sports BrasMy Profile

  2. These are such great tips! My workout gear is such a mess. I love the idea of using shower hooks!
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…The Boyfriend Chronicles: Male InadequacyMy Profile

  3. If I wore tanks I would be all over the hanger idea!! I am actually going to try the vertical drawer thing this weekend, DUH!
    Amanda – RunToThefinish recently posted…Cross Training for Distance Runners – What’s best?My Profile

  4. Oh my goodness, I love the way some have practically turned their clothes and accessories into decorations! But seriously, that is a lot of tank tops for one person! I’ve tried the vertical shirts, but always end up going back to horizontal – something doesn’t work well about it for me.
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free recently posted…Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal with No Cook OptionMy Profile

  5. I hadn’t seen the shower hooks before-that’s a great idea! Wow that person has a ton of headbands :)
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Are you Over Training?My Profile

  6. thanks for sharing all these tips! so helpful, especially as a fitness professional…so many workout clothes that we own! haha
    Julianna recently posted…president’s day weekendMy Profile

  7. Thanks so much for this…i was just putting laundry away the other day and was amazed at the number of workout clothing pieces I have :)
    heather @ divas run for bling recently posted…4 Things I’ve Gained Through FitnessMy Profile

  8. I already roll and stack vertically but that shower rod idea is genius! I don’t have enough headbands to justify a system but its a cool idea.

  9. Love the idea of hanging tanks, except I have zero closet space LOL. Thanks for including me.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…How to organize your workout clothesMy Profile

  10. I fold a lot of my workout gear into bins that are on the top shelf of my closet. Definitely helps to free up drawer and hanging space for my “regular” clothes.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Current CountdownsMy Profile

  11. Great post! I actually use most of those tips. The tanks on the shower hook I didn’t think of, but I actually have all my scarves arranged like that!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…12 Race Etiquette Tips: for the Newbie Racer AND veteransMy Profile

  12. I love the shower hooks on hangers- that it awesome. I need to figure out better ways to store my stuff because right now I always struggle to fine what I need when I need it@
    AJ @ NutriFitMama recently posted…5 Things To Help When You’re Sick and Thinking Out LoudMy Profile

  13. # 1 I ADORE the colors in your closet!!!
    # 2 WOW you have a lot of headbands!!
    # 3 Can you PLEASE organize my closet like this because I HATEEEEEEE organizing my closet. I do it once in a blue moon and then it just gets messy again the next time I do laundry! FAIL!
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  14. I love the vertical folding thing – so easy to find what you need!
    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy recently posted…Superfood Trail MixMy Profile

  15. I love to be organized… but sadly it is always short lived when the little people come to ‘help’ :) Great tips! :)

  16. Omg!! Love this post!! I am moving to San Diego so I need to work on organizing all my workout clothes. I have so may workout clothes so I am going to clean it out quite a bit. Great tips!
    Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner recently posted…Friday Five: My Next 5 RacesMy Profile

  17. I am all about organizing things, especially my closet. SO MANY great tips here – I might take most/all of them :) Thanks for sharing!
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