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Decluttering to Make Room for a Home Gym

Posted on: April 30, 2020 | Spaces Toronto April 30, 2020

We all want to take extra steps to stay healthy right now, and what better way to do that than with a home gym. Of course, if we have the space for gym equipment, it’s often filled with clutter. If you want to know where to start decluttering and how to get your home gym started, read on.

Decluttering Tips

  1. Choose a space.

Do you have an extra room in your house, or are you opting for a corner of the living room? The size of the space will determine how much effort you need to put into converting it and what kind of equipment you can use. To stay comfortable during your workouts and reduce the risk of injury, it’s also important to consider the flooring and average room temperature.

  1. Begin decluttering.

Decide what items (if any) you want to keep in the space. Next, create a sorting system: what you want to keep elsewhere, what you want to get rid of, and what you want to put into storage. For the items you plan to throw away, try to recycle what you can — the rest you can donate or sell in a garage sale. Some items you may want to get rid of are:

  • Things that no longer work.
  • Things you no longer use or wear.
  • Things you don’t absolutely love.
  1. Figure out what you need.

To make sure you don’t clutter the space again, keep your list to only what you need and will use. If you enjoy running but want to start toning the rest of your body, start with a couple of small hand weights — don’t get a whole dumbbell rack immediately. You may find yourself getting rid of it in a year’s time.

This list of needs should also include elements of the space. If you plan to lift and drop weights, you’ll need floor pads — you may also need them if you’re on an upper floor of an apartment building, regardless of the activity. If your gym will be in a colder space such as a garage, you may want to consider adding space heaters to your list.

  1. Create an organized space.

Depending on your choice of exercise routine, you may have various small items such as exercise bands, yoga blocks, or ankle weights. To keep items from cluttering your work out space, utilize a shelving unit or cart organizer. These space savers will also come in handy if you plan on using the space for other things.

Home Gym Ideas

If you know that you want to create a home gym but aren’t sure where to start, here are three equipment ideas:

  • Treadmill: If you’re interested in cardio, a treadmill is a good place to start. Used treadmills are often available for a discount at many equipment stores, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. They do take up a good amount of space, so make sure your home gym is large enough to host it.
  • Yoga mats: If you prefer stretching exercises but aren’t sure which ones yet, a yoga mat is the perfect investment. It’s ideal for different workouts including yoga and Pilates, and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other equipment. You can also quickly convert your space by rolling the mats up and storing them away.
  • Exercise bike: If you want a cardio workout but don’t have quite enough space for a treadmill, an exercise bike is a good substitute. It’s more compact, so if you decide you have the space and want to add other equipment later, it will be a smooth adjustment.

Storing Your Belongings with Spaces Self Storage of Toronto

While you’re going through the decluttering process, you may want to hold onto many of the items you have no room for. If you find yourself in that predicament, it may be time to consider a self-storage facility. Self-storage units also come with the benefit of ample storage room so you can quickly convert your workout room into a guest suite for visitors.

Spaces Self Storage offers storage units near you in Toronto with many features including climate controlled storage units, package delivery acceptance and storage insurance.

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