How Kim Mangrobang keeps her stuff organized while living out of a suitcase

Oct 16, 2019

IF you think you’re organized, think again.

Southeast Asian Games triathlon queen Kim Mangrobang is so organized with her clothes and gear that folding and packing her stuff has become her favorite hobby.

“Wala kasi akong magawa, so mahilig ako mag-fold ng damit. Sa bahay namin sinasabihan ako lagi ni Mama, “Saan ka pupunta? Bakit araw-araw ka nagpa-pack ng damit?”

Mangrobang, who practically lives out of a suitcase in Portugal during her preparation for her title defense in Southeast Asian Games this December, organizes her stuff the ‘Marie Kondo’ way.

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She even goes a step further, carefully folding each piece of clothing according to its purpose.

“Ito mga gloves ko. Tapos ito ‘yung pang summer ko. Tapos ito yung mga jacket na pang run, tapos ito yung mga pang run ko. So nandito yung mga uniforms ko. Nandito yung uniforms ko sa team ko dito sa Portugal [Rio Maior]. Tapos nandito rin ‘yung uniform ko sa ITU. So ito lang ‘yung line ng uniform ko. Ito ‘yung mga pangbahay ko. ‘Di naman ako masyadong umaalis dito sa Portugal kaya ito lang ‘yung pang alis ko.”

“Kagaya ng mga Nike, kunyari matagal na siya sa akin, tapos papalitan na nang bago, magdo-donate na ako. Hindi ako nag i-stay ng mga gamit. ‘Yung hindi na nag i-spark ng joy, out na. Out na siya."

Getting rid of stuff that “no longer spark joy” is encouraged by Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant and author who stars in the Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.

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Mangrobang says she declutters her stuff by donating it to those who need it the most.

“Dino-donate ko naman, ‘di ko siya tinatapon. Dino-donate ko siya sa mga mas nangangailangan.”

The SEA Games gold medalist has been living for three years now in Rio Maior Desmor, a high performance sports centre in Portugal, to train under her longtime coach Sergio Santos.

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She is just as organized when it comes to her training.

During periods in her training when her coach asks her to take running and swimming test, she uses laminated cards that she calls "times," where "zones" and expected results are indicated.

“Ito ‘yung mga times ko. Kunyari sabihin ng coach ko, 'Okay, magsi-swim tayo ngayon ng Zone 3 na 100s,' so dito ko titignan. Kunyari sasabihin ng coach ko ngayon na, 'Magsi-swim tayo ngayon ng 300 sa Zone 3,' so ito dapat ‘yung results nun. So ito ‘yung sa swim, ito ‘yung sa running.”

Santos also gave her customized cycling shoes.

“Ayoko, secret ko ‘yun, eh. ‘Di, pinagawa kasi ‘to ni Sergio. Kasi mas… huwag niyo sabihin baka gayahin ako ng mga kalaban ko. Ito kasi, kaya ‘yung isang cycling shoes walang sole kasi ito ‘yung nilalagay ko, so naka-form siya sa paa ko, so ‘yung power ‘di ba, every padyak ko, since naka-form siya sa paa ko, walang empty space. Parang ganun."

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So far, Mangrobang has seven pairs of shoes neatly arranaged on her bedroom floor that she uses in her trainings and competitions.

Not only that, she also puts her gears in clear pouches that she arranged depending on their use.

“Ito ‘yung gel ko, tapos ito ‘yung mga pang-bike ko. So lahat naka-clear plastic para makita ko lahat at ‘di na ako naghahalungkat ‘pag kelangan ko kunyari ng mga tools, ayun, ‘dun ko na siya kukunin.”

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When asked why she loves being organized so much, Kim Mangrobang said, “Mahilig ako mag-ayos kasi naiinggit ako, ‘yung nasa department store, ‘yung parang ang ayos nung mga [clothes], so mahilig ako mag-tupi.”

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