Why do I have all of this stuff?
Where did I get that? This? All of it?!
What was I thinking?
Was there a purpose for this?
Did I want to make something out of that?
I felt like Sherlock Holmes uncovering all of these things as I packed up for my move. So many mysteries that led to questions; questions I could not answer!
After college, I moved into a two bedroom apartment with my twin. We lived in that place for six years. It’s the longest place I have lived since leaving home in 2006. For four years straight I had moved at least once a year.
Dorm > Grandparents house > Dorm > Grandparents house > Vienna > Apartment > House > Another house > Apartment > Family Friend’s House > Final Destination: Apartment with the twin in Webster Groves.
That’s a total of 11 times in four years. Moving that much really keeps you in check and continually kept me cleaning out my things. It was easy to constantly let go of stuff at that time. I was kind of like a gypsy. I needed to keep the things I owned to a minimum to make the continual transition as easy as possible.
Then I found myself in a position of more permanence. It was the first time since I left home that I felt like I could really relax and live in a space.
I started to keep things; rather collect stuff.
There was no longer a need to keep my life a minimum, or so I thought. I was living in the luxury of accumulation, possibility, and potential.
If I saw an object and thought that in some way I could bring it a new life, I would keep it. Over the years I spent a lot of time thinking of projects, being inspired by things and yet very few projects ever came to fruition.
Most of the projects were repurposed clothing ideas. I’d grab some stuff at a thrift store with the intention to create something rad from the second-hand garment but then I’d never get around to it. I would just keep wearing the same things until they got so worn in I needed to replace.
When I was put in the position to face all of the stuff I had accumulated over six years I was overwhelmed with disappointment and failure.
I just stared at all of the money I spent. All of the ideas I didn’t see through. Visually facing my carbon footprint forced me to start letting go. Sifting through all of my stuff was far more emotionally exhausting than I ever imagined. I learned a lot about myself and now I have a firm grasp on the type of consumer I want to be.
I want to be smarter about my decisions.
I want to understand my ambitions and then focus on the reality of my ideas.
I want to start learning what I actually use so I can make better investments.
Learning to let go really meant I had to forgive myself. Once I managed to make peace with the mounds of useless junk I accumulated I was able to see this move as the reality check I needed.
I bagged up six 28 gallon trash bags filled with clothes and when I donated them I decided I can’t go back to that lifestyle.
Hanger has helped me change my habits. Now I actually consider what need vs. want really is when I am purchasing an item for my closet. I’m also more conscious of the emotional investment along with the financial one. Those two considerations are no longer separate and Hanger is keeping my ass in check!
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Kasper Woldtvedt - Fashion Engagement Manager, Hanger.io Kasper leads fashion engagement and fashion-related business development initiatives for Hanger. She attends events all around the world, ready to pick the brains of fashionistas, creatives, entrepreneurs, and business owners to see how the Hanger platform can support their efforts. In her free time you can find her at a local music venue or eating a burrito.
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