The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 10)

December 22, 2015


The current working closet is looking a little crowded.

I’m halfway through week 10 of the The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  This post is the continuation from my week 8 check-in, my apologies for the delay in writing this number crunching post.

At the end of week 8, I had 60 items in my working closet.  However, I wore an additional 16 items from the boutique, bringing the size of my working wardrobe to 76 items:

  • 2 Vest (gear) (no change)
  • 2 Pullover Fleeces (gear) (added 1 fleece)
  • 7 Blazers (added 2 blazers and 2 jackets)
  • 16 Knits (no change)
  • 7 T-Shirts (added 1 t-shirt for daily use and 1 for gear)
  • 2 LS T’s (no change)
  • 9 Jeans (no change)
  • 1 Trousers (Business Capsule; no change)
  • 3 Button down shirts (added 1 shirt used as gear)
  • 2 Blouses (Business Capsule; added 1 blouse)
  • 4 Scarves (added 3 scarves)
  • 6 Tanks (added 2 tanks)
  • 4 Thermals (no change)
  • 2 Cardigan (no change)
  • 2 Hoodies (added 1 as gear)
  • 3 Ponchos/Capes (added 1 cape)
  • 4 Pullovers/Sweaters (no change)

At this point, there are only 18 items left in the boutique and I am making fast progress on eliminating the boutique completely, soon.  With so few items left in the boutique, I have a couple of options for the empty space.


The working closet after some items moved to the boutique side.

I decided to keep the boutique side split, with it containing half working closet items and half the boutique items.  I’ve rearranged by working closet, so that the gear items, short sleeve t-shirts and 3 pairs of jeans I sport more often in the summer months than now, are grouped with the boutique.  These items are to the left of the white hanger in the photo below.  The rest of my working wardrobe, is contained on one shelf and one closet rod in the photo above this paragraph.  My closet has a third shelf and closet rod, which are empty.  The open space is lovely.  The closet is brighter, I can easily view everything in the space, and overall it’s easy to navigate the contents of my working wardrobe.


Everything to the right of the white hangers is the boutique and to the left is working closet items.

But (there’s always a but isn’t there?) my entire wardrobe is not stored in my closet.  The Beach/Swim, Lounge/Sleep and workout capsules are stored in a dresser.  And the bulk of my business and special occasion capsule is stored in a second closet.  I’m not interested in moving the capsules stored in the dresser, however, I’m wondering if I should move the business and special occasion capsule into the closet I use daily instead of keep these items stored in another room in the home.

Do you use more than 1 closet for your wardrobe capsules? 


  1. Right now, I do. The back wall of my BF’s walk-in closet houses most of my current everyday wardrobe items, and a few dressier separates. I also have a couple of drawers here for undergarments, dance/loungewear.

    My bedroom closet at my condo contains the rest of my everyday stuff, plus flamenco performance wear, and a capsule of cocktail/wedding/fancier event clothes. I have a couple of drawers and a shelf in my armoire for the dance/loungewear I keep there, and my warm-weather clothes and swim capsule.

    My guest room closet houses clothes I’ve listed on eBay, a formal wear capsule that I’m planning to evaluate this spring, and theatrical/cosplay costumes.

    Ideally, I want to get everything that isn’t up for sale or a costume piece, into my bedroom closet.

    1. It sounds like you have a great division of where you’ve stored your various capsules. Sometimes keeping everything in one closet just doesn’t work. I know my suits I rarely wear, and I do not want to look at them all the time. So they stay in a separate closet.

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