I had an amazing learning epiphany this week! Not only do I have a closet with lots of clothes – hey, I’m a woman and who doesn’t? – but I have a few “hand-me-downs” such as my mom’s baby blanket that has become my baby blanket and has been in my life before I was even born. These will never EVER be thrown out (or sold, for any reason) because of my sentimental attachment to them and this is one of many things listed on the table of Attachment Attributes we went over in class. Keeping these items not only affect the environment, but also our emotional well being – just think what the world would be like if everyone kept everything that meant something to them… the popular television show “Hoarders” would have billions of episodes!
I completely understand the overall concept of reworking treasured items in order to reuse them and think that this would be an excellent way to not only be sustainable, but create a profitable market. Thinking positively and creating responsibly, this (in my opinion) would be a great approach to solving our current problem of rapid resource consumption. With this “rework able” clothing market I, for one, will be very interested in having my memorable clothing items changed so they would be utilized and not just collecting dust.
Knowing what I now know about how people in general react to “keepsake” items – whether it be a shirt, baby blanket, or pillow – I would like to know what really makes a person hold onto an item. The Design Probes Package helped gain some insight, but I feel like it was done too rapidly as a few days aren’t really insightful to what an individual did. Perhaps if it was conducted over a longer time-span (like a month), it will help us gain a better perspective as to what went on.