I do not pretend to be a neat person, at least when it comes to my clothing. Keeping my drawers neat is about 287th on my to-do list, which means it never gets done. Except maybe twice a year, usually when everything else feels out-of-control, and I crave some semblance of order. Then I'll fold.
Because I fold so infrequently, I try to edit my clothes as I go along. I rarely heed the if-you-haven't-worn-it-in-a-year-toss-it rule with my "regular" clothes (read: tees and jeans). Fortunately, I don't have to apply that rule to my workout garb since I do wear it all at least once a year. But that doesn't mean some of it shouldn't go.
So I dumped out the drawer on my bed and started folding. A few fave things definitely couldn't go.
But a few things could bite the dust.
I also tossed one pair of capris and one skirt; let's just say the linings had seen much, much better days and leave it at that. No visual necessary.
So how did I organize? I won't go all Real Simple on you, but I did do a few things:
1. I put tops that I only wear to yoga or Pilates with the pants I wear only to those things. They're now in my closet. (Nutty, right?)
2. I took a cue from my very neat husband, and rolled all my bike shorts and capris like this:
3. I decided that I couldn't have all my bottoms in one drawer, even though I like everything in one drawer so when I go to lay out my clothes the night before a workout, my effort is minimal. So I put my bike shorts in their own drawer, a very stubborn one that requires both a delicate touch and patience to open. We'll see how long that lasts.
4. The only true wild card? This lovely constellation of bra pads. I saved them, but they're stacked up in my undies drawer right now. I'm still on the fence if they're worth the effort.
So the title of this post was a little misleading. I didn't really tell how what to do with your clothes; I only tossed a few holey socks, a too-much-work bra, and some bottoms that no amount of detergent could save. (I'd advise you to do the same.) But I bet you innovative mother runners have some much better advice: How do you organize your running clothes?