If there’s one thing we could all do less with, it’s stress. Too much clutter is a major stressor but it is often overlooked.
Trust us – even though you may not consciously notice, that water bottle that’s been sitting at the bottom of your gym bag could actually be adding to your stress levels.
Studies show that physical clutter (aka things you think you need, but don't need) can actually increase stress and affect your ability to focus.
Convinced it's time to decutter? Okay, good.
Now, before we get into it – there are some things you should know about minimalism:
MINIMALISM ISN’T ABOUT GIVING UP EVERYTHING
There’s no need to be extreme! If you’re going to live with the bare minimum, then all you really need is food, water and air; that’s simply called survival, not being a minimalist.
ACTUAL MINIMALISM IS ABOUT BEING INTENTIONAL WITH YOUR ITEMS
It’s about getting rid of the stuff that you don’t like, or have pent-up frustration toward, such as those gym shorts that ride up; don’t tell us you don’t know what we're talking about… You get rid of these items so you can focus on the things you really love.
If you only keep what you love, you’ll appreciate those items more because you won’t have clutter competing for your attention.
Now, how do you actually embrace minimalism for your gym bag? Here's 4 steps to success.
Empty the contents of your bag. We mean everything.
Marie Kondo, organisation guru and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, recommends putting all the items in one place so you can see everything you actually have. This way you’ll realise just how much less you need, and you can use that motivation to stay organised.
PUT BACK WHAT YOU LOVE
Next, put back the items that you need, and in Marie Kondo style, hold each item in your hands and see if that bring you joy. Okay, I get that it’s really difficult to find joy in a pair of socks (unless you have some awesome socks) but, imagine running barefoot in your shoes. Then imagine running with socks in those same shoes. Spark joy? Yes, we think so!
KONMARI YOUR CLOTHES
Okay, this step is arguably one of the most important steps in making your gym bag look all kinds of Insta-worthy. If you need to pack gym clothes, work clothes, even your towel, use the KonMari method for folding. Not only will you feel organised, but you'll be able to make more space in your bag so you can actually see where everything is. Fantastic and functional! What other reasons do you need, really?
BE MORE CONSCIOUS
Minimalism is all about being more conscious of your possessions and of what you do. It’s about treating your items well, and being mindful of the things that you own.
The moral or the story is that if you treat your items well, they’ll treat you well. If you let go of clutter, and things that you don’t need, you’ll have more time to focus on what’s important. Like spending more time at the gym.
Ready to show off your new minimalist gym bag? We have 8 incredible clubs in Sydney and Melbourne, with 3 more opening soon in Sydney. With over 200 classes offered weekly and open gym layouts, plus luxury locker room facilities, you'll be able to use your new gym bag like a (minimalist) boss.
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