Momentum Builds After Donations (Week 12)

(I started The DH Closet Challenge in November of 2013 therefore I’ll be catching up on my progress to date in a series of posts.)

January 26, 2014

I’m at the 3 month mark for this wardrobe challenge, and at week 12 I’ve had the biggest shake up to my wardrobe since starting The DH Closet Challenge. Read more about the rules of the challenge here.

My first donations/purging of the boutique since starting the challenge.

My first donations/editing of the boutique since starting The DH Closet Challenge.


Reflections for Week 12 (3 months!)

New clothes make the old one’s look well, old

I added Christmas gifts to my working closet during week 9 and it helped refresh my closet, but the new items also make the old one’s look well…used. This would bother me when an item starting to show some wear, but now I see it as a badge of usefulness instead. Old/Worn items in my closet mean smart purchasing decisions and a workhorse piece. This is a good thing!

Donating takes on it’s own momentum

I originally was only going to donate the items I took out of my working closet to make room for my new Christmas gifts, but then I thought about a couple items in the ’boutique’ that would be better off in a new home. And before I knew it, I had one entire bag of clothes to donate, then two, then three, and finally four! Granted some of these items were gear wear or lounge wear too, so the ’boutique’ is not down 4 bags, but I am quite happy to give these items a new home.

And after my closet purge, I still have many items sitting in the ’boutique.’ Sigh. But I am happy to see some space on that top shelf again.

The open space on the top shelf not only makes the closet feel less crowded, but it also brightens the space, because there’s nothing to block the light from bouncing off the walls. I’m looking forward to when the ’boutique’ is closed for good and the top shelf is once again bare.

And while I was rummaging around in the ’boutique’ for items to donate, I updated my working closet too.

Photo-1-Clothes for donation, at the top of this post.

Photo 2-The ‘new boutique’ after purging. (And the second photo in this post is the “boutique” before the donations when I had to relocate to a bag storage system.)

The boutique, after donations. I see some space on the shelf again!

The boutique —after donations. I see some space on that shelf again!

Photo 3-White for white; the white jumper on the right was always very rough to the touch, so it was replaced with the lace front jumper on the left.

Swapping white for white lace.

Swap in lace (left) for scratchy knit (right).

Photo 4-Grey for Cobalt; the grey knit on the right was showing signs of wear and I have lots of grey items, so it was replaced with the cobalt hoodie on the left.

Swapping light weight grey knit for heavier weight cobalt.

Swap in cobalt hoodie (left) for worn out grey knit (right).

Photo 5-Demotion; the grey cardigan was gear and it’s not as soft as it used to be, also it’s missing a button so it was purged.  The brown hoodie in the middle was demoted to gear, and the red hoodie on the left is the replacement.

Tripe threat: purge, demote, addition.

Triple threat (left to right): add in (red), demotion (brown), purged (grey).

Photo 6-The 3 tanks and grey metallic jeans on the right were replaced with the 3 tanks and leopard print jeans on the left. I was so eager to sport the metallic jeans and now I am so tired of them. But they were my trendiest bottom, and I didn’t want to loose a trendy bottom, so the leopard jeans fit nicely for this need.

Mini overhaul (right purged, left added).

Mini overhaul (left added/right purged).

Photo 7-Current working closet, fall/winter side (the pink basket is scarves).

Week 12 closet after swaps/donations.

Week 12 working closet after swaps/donations.

Starting week 12, I have 55 items:

  • 6 bottoms (no change in total number, one was purged/added)
  • 3 hoodies (one was demoted to gear and two were added)
  • 12 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; no change in total number, one jumper was purged/added)
  • 7 knits (donated one knit)
  • 4 gear items (this small capsule was updated; one pair of jeans was demoted to gear, the turtleneck and pullover were updated)
  • 1 shirt (for layering; no change)
  • 3 LS T’s (for layering; no change)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change in total number but these were updated)
  • 6 thermal layers (no change)
  • 5 scarves (no change but added into a basket for organization)
  • 2 workout outfits (top and bottom; no change in total number but this small
    capsule was updated)


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