Do we have too much bike stuff!?!?! Marie Kondo'ing the Bike Shed



About once a year we go through all our bike gear… this year we’re doing it with a Marie Kondo twist, since Syd just finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Watch to find out if the KonMari method helps or hurts.

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21 thoughts on “Do we have too much bike stuff!?!?! Marie Kondo'ing the Bike Shed”

  1. Thanks for the inspiration. I really need to do exactly this! Trying to organize without removing it completely is not working for me. I dread it but I also like being able to find things too. It also might give me more room for more bikes!

  2. Just a FYI on cleaning out the "Hanta Hut" as I want to see you stay around to do more videos

    Take cleaning out a shed with mouse droppings serious. Hanta cases are not frequent, but are deadly serious. Research how hanta was discovered in the Navajo area and how it caused devastation to the original young very healthy family if in doubt. (here is a pretty dry CDC video link to some history:

    Your method of vacuuming out the shed puts one at significant risk. Below is a cut/paste from any typical site on hanta virus.
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    How can we prevent exposure to Hantavirus?

    Attempt to reduce the presence of mice and limit contact with their droppings, urine and saliva by:

    Storing food (including pet food), water and garbage in heavy plastic or metal containers with tight fitting lids.

    Sealing any holes in structures where mice may enter.

    Cutting back thick brush and keep grass short. Keep woodpiles away from the building.

    Using rubber or plastic gloves when cleaning up signs of rodents, handling dead rodents, or other materials. When finished, clean gloves with soapy water before taking them off. Wash hands with soapy water (again) after removing the gloves.

    Setting traps when necessary. Put rodents in a plastic bag, seal the bag, and dispose.

    Since human infection occurs through inhalation of contaminated material, clean-up procedures must be performed in a way that limits the amount of airborne dust. Treat all mice and droppings as being potentially infected. People involved in general clean-up activities where there is not heavy accumulation of droppings should wear disposable protective clothing and gloves (neoprene, nitrile or latex-free), rubber boots and a disposable N95 respirator. For cleaning up rodent contaminated areas with heavy accumulations of droppings it is necessary to use powered air-purifying (PARP) or air-supplied respirators with P100 filters and eye or face protection to avoid contact with any aerosols.

    Dead mice, nests and droppings should be soaked thoroughly with a 1:10 solution of sodium hypochlorite (household bleach). Bleach kills the virus and reduces the chance of further transmission. The contaminated material should be placed in a plastic bag and sealed for disposal. Disinfect by wet-wiping all reusable respirator surfaces, gloves, rubber boots and goggles with bleach solution. All disposable protective clothing, gloves and respirators should be placed in plastic bags and sealed for disposal. Please contact your local environmental authorities concerning approved disposal methods.

    Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water after removing the gloves.

  3. I have no idea what a Marie Kondo is, but I have bike stuff in my living room, my bedroom, my office, my kids extra closet, the laundry room, my car… I think you've inspired me to either buy the book or watch some Netflix to get my bike shit in order too, ha.

    I just bought a bunch of stuff from Gear Rush, they are great!

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