Today's mission is to declutter your wardrobe of sportwear and activewear that you don't need and are excess stuff, to get rid of your closet or drawer clutter.
This mission is designed to be done while we're focused on the Organize Bedroom Closet Challenge and/or the Organize Bedroom Challenge, which are two of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges here on the site, depending on where you keep these types of clothes within your home.
Instead of trying to get rid of all your clothing clutter at once, and then feeling overwhelmed, or pulling out too many clothes all at once and making a big mess, I've broken this task up for you into a series of missions, some of them focused on the type of clothing item, while others are focused on clearing out the places you store the various types of clothes, such as in drawers in your bedroom, or hanging up or on shelves in your closet for example.
As always, when decluttering any type of clothing, make sure to use these 9 questions to help you with the process, so you can feel good about the choices you make.
During this Declutter 365 mission I want you to evaluate whether to keep or get rid of the following types of clothing items in your closet or dresser drawers that are considered sportswear or activewear. This list can include:
One of the simplest ways to begin this decluttering mission is to gather up, to declutter, any clothing items you needed for activities you no longer do.
For example, if you haven't gone skiing in several years, and don't plan on doing it anymore, all the clothing items you had specifically for skiing, and can't be used for other activities you still do, should be decluttered.
Today's the day that you ask yourself how much activewear and sportswear you really need (and have room for in your closet or drawers), and then keep decluttering until you reach that number.
Since everyone's activity levels vary it's hard to say with certainty the number of workout clothes you should have for yourself. Therefore, it's best to ask yourself how often you work out each week, and how often you do laundry, to help you make your decision.
As discussed in more length in my article about how often to wash various types of laundry, you should wash your sportswear and exercise clothes after each wear.
In addition, I recommend that you do laundry at least once a week, at a minimum. Of course, you can also do laundry more frequently, depending on your laundry schedule or routine.
Therefore, at a minimum, you need enough activewear to have something to wear for each time you work out within a week period, or shorter if you wash clothes even more frequently.
An example of how that would work, in practice, is that if you work out five times a week, and do laundry once a week, you should have, at a minimum, five sets of work out clothes or sportswear, to make sure you always have a clean pair to wear to the gym or wherever you exercise.
Of course, that's just a minimum. You may want to have a few extras in case you can't get to laundry as quickly as you normally do, or because you like your work out clothes, or whatever reason.
Ultimately, you've got to decide how much room you can allot to this type of clothing within your closet or clothing drawers, and then you will need to keep decluttering until you can fit everything into the alloted space. If that means you can have one drawer of work out clothes, that's what you can have. If that means you have enough space for five drawers worth, that's great too (and I bet your closet is huge!)
Make sure you keep enough of these clothing items to do all the types of activities you regularly do, and in all the seasons you do them in. For example, you may have running clothes you wear in the summer, and others for the winter. Make sure to keep enough of each type.
If you find yourself without enough space for multiple seasons at once, you can check out the article about seasonal clothes switching for ideas of how to keep both types of clothes.
Here's a photo sent in by one of the Declutter 365 mission participants, Trish, who worked on this mission. She said, "Challenge finished. Anytime fitness, yoga pants, and fourcast active wear tees."
Great job Trish! Are you ready to declutter now too?
Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.
The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!
Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.
Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.
In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.
If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!
If you'd like to declutter more clothes here's a round up of all the Declutter 365 missions on the site for decluttering clothes of all kinds.
In addition, if you've got clothes used for the gym, or for playing sports, you may also have a gym or sports bag that needs a little decluttering and organizing TLC. Here's tips for how to keep your bag clutter free and organized.
I would love to hear from you, sharing your thoughts, questions, or ideas about this topic, so leave me a comment below. I try to always respond back!