Why are you still in my closet? {listable life}

In last week’s Listable Life post, I gave you a glimpse of my dreaded To Do list, which included my ridiculously messy bedroom floor & insanely cluttered kitchen counter.

This week’s post is equally fun, especially since my closet is getting on my very last nerve lately. I NEED to do a major overhaul of it because it’s completely out of control. Life-of-its-own out of control. And no, I’m not posting a picture of it. I’m lucky you came back after last week & I want us to still be friends.

At any rate, the last time I cleaned out my closet was exactly three years ago, when I was 36.5 weeks pregnant with Little O & my nesting urge finally kicked in. Two pregnancies & two children later, you can imagine that I have a whole lot of clothes that I’m hanging onto, some for no apparent reason.

Let’s dive into my closet for a moment for today’s post, shall we? {And thank you to the fabulous Nicole at Moments that Define Life for another amusing topic!}

Here we go…

5 items of clothing you are hanging onto & why

1. Navy blue Abercrombie & Fitch shorts 

Starting off with a bang, like always! I still remember exactly where & when I got these shorts {family vacay in Ireland; my 20th birthday}. You read that right, friends. I’ve had these puppies for just shy of 10 years.

Before you wonder aloud how I actually still own these shorts, let me clarify: I think the last time I wore them was at least four years ago. Because they are extremely short. And extremely tiny {size zero at Abercrombie?! Are you kidding me?!}

I’m holding onto them for sentimental reasons. I’ve had a lot of great times in those shorts. A few years in college, a few years out of college, a few great vacays & quite a few great summers.

Time to let go. Consider this your swan song, navy blue Abercrombie & Fitch shorts. Go make some other teeny-bopper happy. I’ve graduated to Ann Taylor Loft now, and we’re happy together.

2. The cute & trendy semi-see-through Banana Republic shirt. 

Truth be told, I still love this shirt. If I could justify wearing it {…squeezing into it…}, I would.

This particular shirt was purchased specifically for the Friday before our wedding: we hosted family & friends at a brewery tour & lunch during the day, and this shirt, paired with blue jeans {and a black tank…you know, since it’s see-through} made for a super cute celebratory outfit. Especially with that fab tan I was rocking for our wedding.

This shirt now hangs in my closet, reminding me of one of the happiest weekends of my life each time I flip past it. I think I’d rip it if I put it on {my hips are slightly larger now…two babies later & all}, so I just keep it hanging in the closet, a shrine to the days when I felt like I could spend $48 on one shirt at Banana.

3. The Business Professional Suit

Ha.

I’m saving this suit simply because it cost me a fortune & it almost killed me to buy it. To say this is not my look is an understatement. This wasn’t my look a half-dozen years ago when I bought it for a press conference I was helping run, and it’s still not my look today.

Truth be told, if I had to jump back into the professional world tomorrow, I still wouldn’t put this on. At least not if I had any choice in the matter. Regardless, fancy Business Professional Suit will continue to live on in my closet out of sheer principle…because I didn’t want to buy it in the first place.

4. The Leopard Print Dress

I’m really not a leopard print kind of girl. Really. I think it’s so super cute when other people wear it, but I’m just too into classics to truly pull it off.

Enter my leopard print dress from junior year in college. Purchased specifically for my sorority’s fall semi-formal, my roommates helped me to pick this look out. It was fun to wear something that was bold & sassy, and I specifically remember feeling really good about my look that night.

Now, so many years later, I look at this dress &  wonder what on earth it’s still doing in my closet. {sidenote: when I took it out to photograph it, Little O petted it & gave it a hug. Hmm.}.

I thought about putting it in the girls’ dress up box, but there is something about small children in grown-up leopard print that makes me feel kind of squirmy. I’ve also considered holding onto it for Halloween this year, but would I really wear it? Again with the two small children thing.

Time to say bye-bye to my attempt at bold & funky. It was fun, leopard print dress. Thanks for the memories.

5. Sassy Pink Pants

Ahh, saving one of my absolute favorites for last.

These beauties are from The Limited eight years ago when I graduated from college. When I started working at the PR agency, the dress code was “business professional.” I had never worn a twin set in my life, but my boss gave me a list of suggestions before I started, so dutifully I headed to the mall.

I did find some decently cute twin sets to buy {as far as twin sets go…}, and I also found these gems. They were young. They were fun. They were my favorite color. And since they were from The Limited, they were totally professional {right??}.

These sassy pink pants enjoyed a few great years with me. Now when I look at them, I touch the leg & smile wistfully, remembering those early after-college years. Exciting job, lots of fun weekends out with the Hubs & our friends, having to think through my outfit each morning before I headed to work.

Sure, I love my yoga pants & Gap Body shirts these days, but the pink pants…they represent a time in my life that was about me. Which is precisely why they are still hanging quietly but proudly in my closet today. I know I need to part with them; I’ll never ever wear them again. But they help me remember an Amy of days gone by…and every once and a while, that’s kind of nice.

What about you? What’s still hanging in your closet & why? Share in the comments section!

And if you missed a listable life post, you can catch up here:

Have a great day!

Counting My Kisses: Love the posts that make me go back through my life & LAUGH! Such a great topic to write about, especially since my closet is bursting at the seams right now. However, everything in there is tied to a memory, and sometimes that makes it hard to let go. Luckily, this post has been a little therapeutic for me, so I think I might be ready to dive into my closet & make some changes at long last. Fingers crossed!

22 thoughts on “Why are you still in my closet? {listable life}

  1. Okay my Amy Doll ~~~~ I think we may have finally gotten you to drink the Kool-Aid. It is time for a purge, and I mean BIG TIME. Dad will be there next week, and nothing would make him happier than to clean out that bedroom closet. Every time he looks at that closet, he shudders. Think about the charity that would get these clothes ~~~ and have the Hubs think about the tax deduction. It is time honey!!

    On the othere side of the coin = = clothes and music do remind us of a more carefree time of our lives. When we define ourselves by what we look like, rather than what we are. You are a pretty terrific person, and you look beautiful, both inside and out!!

    • Mimi~ tell Dad to rest up, this is going to be a BIG job but I think it must be done!🙂 It was time about a year & a half ago…🙂 xoxo

  2. Amy, I don’t think you ever wore it, but to all the other college girls out there, I still have the hot pink shirt in my closet. I think of all of you girls each time I come across it.

    • Corinne, I don’t think I had a hot pink shirt {clearly I have plenty of other things I need to let go of!}, but I agree with Lynn~ you must bring it to the next reunion!!🙂🙂

  3. I am pretty good at getting rid of old clothes, mainly because I need to make room for the new ones! But for some reason I can’t get rid of the short jean skirt I used to wear in college. Doesn’t fit, but who cares!

    • Sarah~ yes, yes yes. If my list had gone on past just the initial 5, it would have definitely included multiple jean skirts from the college/post-college/pre-baby glory days. Lol!🙂

  4. Amy -I saw those pink pants and I knew those were from The Limited. I also had them until last year. I had a gray suit jacket with pink stripes that went with them. So funny!

    • Kristin~ that is SO funny! I’m thrilled to know we shared such great taste in clothes before we became such good friends.🙂 And that coordinating jacket sounds so snazzy, love it!🙂

  5. Great post! I have so many articles of clothing I’m holding onto for sentimental/stupid reasons. I would love to see a picture of you in that leopard print dress. Corinne, I CAN’T believe you still have that hot pink shirt?!?!? Can that please make an appearance at a reunion??

    • Lynn~ if I find pictures of myself in the leopard print dress, I just *might* post them on the blog. Or at least email them to you. Lol! And I second that Corinne needs to bring the hot pink shirt to reunion! So fun!

  6. Lol…that dress! Amy, I had no idea! I think you should’ve included the jean jacket that I’m sure is still there! I just got rid of mine this fall!

    • Erin~ what can I say, I was embracing my wild side with the leopard print dress {or something?!}. And I totally still wear my jean jacket to church over my dresses, I couldn’t possibly part with it yet! LOL.

  7. What a great post. It’s amazing the sentiment we put on clothes. I have so many things in my closet that I keep because they remind me of a particular experience or time in my life. I have a blue tank top with these hideous crystals on them that I would wear when I went out to bars with my girlfriends in college. It’s probably the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen and even though I could probably still fit into it, I’m sure there would be a few extra bulges, you know here and there. But I can’t part with it because it reminds me of a time in my life when I was completely free and maybe a little bit wild. When I didn’t have to worry about what’s for dinner and if I remembered to make a dentist appointment for my daughter. I should really clean out my closet!

    Stopping by from SITS

    • Melissa~ yes, I couldn’t agree more! I am definitely guilty of holding onto so many things because they bring back such vivid memories or experiences. I REALLY need to clean out my closet & try to sort through the memories…maybe one day!🙂 So happy you stopped by!

  8. Hi Amy! Found you on SITS Girls shareable post. I feel your closet pain! At one point, I had items in their that dated back to my high school days! While those days {and sizes} are long gone, I had them there just in case. I’m here to tell you there is light at the end of that tunnel! I cleaned out my closet a few months ago and never looked back {blogged about it too, so check it out of you need some inspiration}. I hope you get to do the same soon! Glad I found you!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

    • Ferly~ thank you so much for your comment, and your encouragement {how am I this far behind on comments, by the way?!}. I *totally* need to clean out my closet & never look back as well, I will definitely be checking out your post for inspiration!🙂 So happy you stopped by, love all the SITS ladies!🙂

  9. OMG Amy, we must be on the same wavelength this week. I just competely gutted my closet yesterday. I’m making a very generous donation to the Assistance League Thrift Shop today. Visiting you from SITS Girls.

    • Heather~ I am so, so proud of you for gutting your closet! I am also so jealous, I need to do that ASAP. It’s getting out.of.control in there.🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by & sharing some encouragement!! Clearly I need it. Lol!🙂

  10. The black blouse is gorgeous, I’d hang onto them too!

    I do a spring clean of my wardrobe at least twice a year, so off the top of my head, I don’t have anything I’m hanging onto.

    OK maybe a pair or two of jeans that I don’t think I can squeeze into ever again. But you never know right?

    • Alison~ you are AWESOME for cleaning out your closet twice a year. Teach me how to have that kind of discipline lol! And I think it’s totally acceptable to hang on to a few pairs of jeans that we *might* slip back into one day {I have a few of those myself!}.🙂

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