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

December 22, 2015

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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.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 8)

December 6, 2015

Items on the left are new additions, items on the right are to be purged.

Items on the left are new additions, items on the right are to be purged.

I’ve just completed Week 8 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  There was no check in for weeks 5 or 6, because I had no changes to either my working wardrobe or the boutique.  However, for week 8 I’m back to shopping and adjusting both my working closet and the boutique.  Sticking to the rules of the challenge for every item going into my wardrobe, double the amount is removed.  That’s a tall order for someone who typically struggles to let go of their clothes.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 5)

November 8, 2015

Six pairs of unworn jeans.

Six pairs of unworn jeans in the boutique.

I’ve just completed Week 5 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  This past week I tackled why the boutique has been on my mind.  While I added 5 items to my working closet, I did manage to purge 10 from the boutique.  Of course, once I get started with a closet purge, I usually keep going.  After removing 10 items from the “2 for 1” purge during the week, I set my sights on another category within the boutique—Jeans.  For the past 5 weeks, I’ve managed just fine with 7 pairs of jeans, yet I still have 6 jeans sitting in the boutique.

And here’s the crazy part.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 4)

November 1, 2015

The boutique after 1 month.

DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement boutique after 1 month.

I’ve just completed week 4 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  As I stated during the Week 3 check-in, for Week 4 my goal was to NOT add anything to my working closet.  And I am happy to report, that I did not.  Yay, progress!

I still have 49 items after Week 4 and here’s the list:

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 3)

October 25, 2015

The Working Wardrobe after Week 3.

DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement working wardrobe after week 3.

I’ve just completed Week 3 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  During last week’s recap, I mentioned that my plan for Week 3 was to remix everything I already have in the working closet and to not add anything from the boutique.  But life doesn’t always like a plan, and I was given a curve ball—spending my vacation in a climate much colder than my own.   This meant I had to add yet MORE items to my working wardrobe.

At first, I was horrified.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 2)

October 18, 2015

The Working Closet after Week 2.

DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement working closet after week 2.

I’ve just completed Week 2 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe RefinementAfter week one, I added 21 items to my working wardrobe.  Of these pieces, I already had 7 bottoms.  Therefore for week two, my goal was to focus on only adding tops.  Of course, life likes to throw curve balls and I had a last minute business trip, which meant sporting a business outfit.  My business trousers are usually kept in a separate closet, since they are not worn weekly.  The tops and blazers from my business capsule, I try to pair with jeans to increase their use so these pieces are part of my fall/winter (or spring/summer) wardrobes.  Of course, storing clothing in separate closets makes it easy to forget I own the item.  Not a good idea.

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Taking A Little Off The Top

October 15, 2015

I want to eliminate the boutique for The DH Closet Challenge (Part II)-Wardrobe Refinement.  This means keeping the idea to purge clothing items top of mind.  Immediately a number of pieces that were purchased during my favorite sale and have gone unworn since were identified.

Purchased in July and returned in October.

Purchased in July and returned in October.

I returned a total of 8 items (7 clothing and one footwear).  Two of the items I returned are above (white/black knit and a black short sleeve poncho).

Purchased in July and returned in October.

Purchased in July and returned in October.

I also returned: black and white knit, two tie neck blouses, and short black suede booties.  Additional items returned but not in the photos: black and white patterned blazer and bootcut jeans.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 1)

October 11, 2015

Starting The DH Closet Challenge Part II with an empty closet.

Starting The DH Closet Challenge Part II with an empty closet.

I find that the first week of a wardrobe challenge is usually the easiest.  For that first week, I’m establishing my wardrobe, and there are very few restrictions.  I can pull whatever items I am in the mood for.  Unfortunately, the weather itself has been a problem.  The beginning of our fall season usually has very large swings in temperature.  One day it’s 75F and the next day 55F.  Or if we get really lucky, it’s both at the same time (cold in the morning and really warm by the afternoon).  The extreme temperature range had me reaching for both warm and cold weather clothing, which can lead to a rather varied capsule wardrobe.

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The DH Closet Challenge (Part II)-Wardrobe Refinement

October 8, 2015

The DH Closet Challenge is back, with a few tweaks.  Click the link for the original rules for The DH Closet Challenge (Part I).  Well, after having successfully completed The DH Challenge in the past, I already know what my current wardrobe size needs to be.  Yet I still yearn for a smaller wardrobe.

Why?

  1. Some days I still stare at my closet wondering what to wear.
  2. Occasionally I am tempted to browse, because I am bored with my wardrobe.
  3. Life is not static, my needs change, and so does my wardrobe.  If one capsule grows, it can be easy to forget that another capsule must shrink to maintain wardrobe totals.
  4. I’ve always enjoyed a good challenge.

This means it’s time to do another wardrobe challenge.

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The 80/20 Check-In And Wrap Up (Month 12)

October 4, 2015

I’m at month 12 of The 80/20 Challenge and it’s time for my monthly check-in.  Here’s how the numbers look for my entire wardrobe since the last check-in at month 10:

  • Shoes: 20 pairs (added 1 pair of booties from vacation/holiday shopping)
  • Business and Special Occasion Capsule: 10 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Beach/Swim Capsule: 8 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Lounge/Sleep Capsule: 12 items (updated but no increase in total number)
  • Spring/Summer Wardrobe: 58 items (added 2 shirts and 1 pullover from vacation/holiday shopping since the last check-in)
  • Fall/Winter Wardrobe: 65 items (no change since the last check-in)

Now I’ll take a closer look at where my current wardrobe is at for size.

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