The Trick to Organising Activewear Drawers

I recently organised my activewear wardrobe as it had got a bit out of hand after I took up tennis and started investing heavily in tennis fashion. I keep my activewear in a chest of drawers which has large deep drawers and although I would try and separate the sports bras from the leggings, and the racerback tank tops from the hoodies, it would inevitably all jumble up into a pile of mess after I rummaged through it for the nth time, late for tennis training, looking for a particular top to wear with my tennis skirt.

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I think I give the impression of being a tidy person, as I like to have clutter-free surfaces, with everything stored away in folders, boxes, and drawers. But I can never quite forget the fact that inside those receptacles there are clothes I will never wear again, receipts that should have been thrown away, mementoes that I will never look at again, and a number of other articles that are really just unnecessary clutter. Sometimes I worry that someone else will have to deal with my secret messy life when I’m no longer around, and so periodically I will try and tidy up. For my activewear drawer, this would usually mean emptying it out, bagging up clothes that could be given to charity, and putting things back in piles. I have come to realise, however, that the pile system doesn’t work and so I decided to look for a better solution, which I came upon on a recent trip to Ikea.

I discovered these Höfta dividers that can be cut to any size and used to separate the drawers into compartments. I had originally thought I would use boxes, but none of the boxes available were quite the right size and would have meant wasted drawer space. Instead these dividers are easy to cut to the right length, and can be fit together to create as many internal compartments as needed.

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So last weekend I emptied everything on to my bed, fit the dividers into the drawers and created separate compartments for my leggings, tank tops, hoodies, sports bras, bikinis, sun visors, tennis skirts, and shorts. It got a bit ugly at one point, but I knew I had to finish the job if I wanted to go to bed…

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After filling two bin bags of clothes to be recycled, rediscovering a number of items of clothing that I had forgotten I had, and putting things back in the drawers, I was very happy with the result. I think I probably created larger compartments than the dividers were designed for, and so I ended up with rather wobbly little fences, but I am pleased to report that after a week of use I still have tidy drawers, and some space for that cute cropped hoodie I saw online the other day…

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I'm Helen (a.k.a. 40ish_love), and I have recently developed a passion for tennis and its fashion. Follow me on my journey to becoming a stylish tennis player, and hopefully you will also be motivated to don a tennis skirt and pick up a racket!

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