July 31, 2014
This is the boutique after updating my fall/winter capsule wardrobe before shopping my favorite sale. I only have 2 bags left!
As each bag is removed:
- The shelf is easier to clean because I don’t have all of these bags to move before I dust
- The lighting has gotten brighter because nothing is blocking the light
- The closet feels calmer because there is less overall clothes and disorder
Do you remember what the boutique used to look like?
Now onto some number crunching!
Last year I ended the fall/winter season with 54 items. I was left with 64 items in the boutique after my second purge since starting The DH Closet Challenge. This means I could overhaul my entire fall/winter wardrobe, and still be left with 10 items for another year. Instead, I decided to add only 17 items from the boutique, leaving me with 47 items.
My entire working wardrobe is currently at 107 items (53 for spring/summer and 54 for fall/winter wardrobe). With 47 items left in the boutique, I am still not using 30.5% of my total wardrobe. And right now, it looks like I will finish my first year of The DH Closet Challenge with the boutique still in business.
I started the challenge in the middle of our fall/winter season, so there is the potential that I will be able to pull a few more items into my working closet from the boutique over the course of the fall/winter season.
I’m optimistic about the future of my wardrobe and have already starting forming a few goals:
- The boutique will be out of business before the end of year 2. The boutique has been helpful in allowing me to slowly purge/adjust my wardrobe over time. But having a boutique is a reminder of poor shopping habits and excessive spending. It will be nice when the boutique is closed for good and I no longer have a section of my wardrobe ‘on hold’ and a constant reminder of past mistakes.
- I’ll wear out items more often before replacing them. Many of my purges have been driven by the slightest sign of wear or general boredom with my clothing. Since I had many items in the boutique waiting to be worn, there was always some pressure to turnover my wardrobe. Without the boutique, I am free to turnover my clothes at a slower pace, giving me the opportunity to wear out more items before replacing them.
- I’ll continue to shrink the overall size of my wardrobe, by NOT replacing everything that wears out. I’d like to reduce the size of my wardrobe a bit more than it’s current numbers so that I can maximize the number of times I can wear an item. Less clothing means I get to sport the pieces I own more often, and in turn, I get more cost per wear (or cost per use) out of my wardrobe.
Now that I have finished pre-planning for fall, it’s time to create my fall/winter shopping list and finally go shopping at my favorite sale in my next post.
Do you have any long-term goals for your wardrobe?