April 4, 2013

April: Spring Clean Your Gear

First off, I want to thank you all for your overwhelming support of my decision to back out of the marathon. It's refreshing to hear how many of you have been in the same boat! 

Now, on to business. If you've been reading along for the past few months, you know that I've been somewhat diligently following the Runners' World Month-by-Month Guide to a Fitter, Faster You. Each month, you focus on different tasks aimed at making you a better runner. So far, they've looked like this:

February - Commit to Cooking

I did ok with my March plan. I did a lot of those exercises a few times, but I'd like to try and do more of them in the coming months, especially since they focus on strengthening your core, glutes and hamstrings!

The plan for April? Spring Clean Your Gear. 

via Runners' World
Now, I did most of this back in December when I was packing up to move my life to DC, but I'm using this month as an opportunity to let go of some of those super stretched out bras and shorts that I just can't seem to let go of. I'm also going to be donating those old shoes that I love but can no longer run in. 

I also am in serious need of some organization in my life. If you've noticed, I still haven't done a Grand Tour of my Apartment post on here, because, well...I'm still not quite as organized as I'd like to be. So, I made a week by week plan to organize my life this month with the goal of 'unveiling' my apartment on the blog 4 months after I moved in and 1/3 of the way through my lease.

Here's the plan: 

This Week (April 1-7): Kitchen Cabinets, Pantry and Closets. Holy Moly is my kitchen a nightmare. I went and bought this on Amazon which should help matters. 

As far as our closets go, oh man they're a mess. I desperately need a shoe rack and I think it's time to admit that while we probably will be moving again in December, that saving all of the paper we used to wrap valuables and keeping them in boxes is probably not an efficient use of our space. 

The Big Bang Theory - my closet is a little smaller than this. I would love it to look like this.
So that's the plan for this week. See, I'm already being productive. In the time it has taken me to draft this post, I've already bought a shoe rack. Saturday is going to turn into a home organizing frenzy. I can already tell.

Next Week (April 8-14): Organize my running gear. According to the Runners' World Guide, a lot of people seem to organize their gear into baskets. I'm thinking about getting baskets and storing all of my workout gear in my linen closet which would save a lot of space in my dresser drawers (which I know The Pilot would approve of since I have taken to storing my socks and underwear in his sock and underwear drawer.)

Week of April 15 - 21: Organize my recipes and scrapbook. Sigh. My college scrapbook has been on my To-Do list since I graduated from college almost 4 years ago. I desperately need to finish it this year. So this month, I'll get it all organized and hopefully at least finish my Sophomore year (I'm that far behind). Next up, the recipes. I have a collection of magazines that I flip through every week to plan out my meals. Some of these magazines are almost 4 years old and have been manhandled almost to the point of complete disintegration so I really need to start organizing them.

I love this idea on how to turn a Moleskin book into a Recipe Book. 

So that's the plan. We'll see how I'm doing after these first 2 weeks and reevaluate from there! Wish me luck!

Have you taken on any major organization projects lately? Let me know about them! Especially if they've involved recipes, running gear or closets!


  1. good job! i just did a post similar to this :p


  2. you can do it! im going thru the same organization/spring cleaning right now, starting with my first garage sale tomorrow! haha. pray i make it thru! i also decided this week to start blogging again, i love yours so i tried to make mine like yours! hope you are doing well chica!

  3. Sounds like a fantastic plan! I still have stuff to go through and especially the storage looks horrible. But at least it is behind closed doors :)


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