Friday, 27 May 2011

The Burning House

I recently came across this lovely site, called 'The Burning House'. It made me think what I would grab if the house was on fire, so of course, I had to do a blog post on it :)

If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities.

What first pops to mind is the senitmental things. Most of my items are things that cannot be replaced, like memories and photos. Here's the lowdown of my list:

My purse. I really wouldn't want to think about the hassle of having to replace the important things in there. I wouldn't grab it for the money, but the practical items such as my drivers license and debit card. Same idea with
My Passport. Just a practical thing to grab.
Keys. Not necessarily an important thing but one that I would probably think of in the rush seen as I always have them on me.
Phone and ipod, see above. Im practically glued to my ipod touch.
Now on to the irreplacable things.
The top notebook has alot of photos stuck into, and was my leavers notebook. When I left school, and college, I got my friends to write letters, so it is an invaluable book of memories and its nice to read if I'm feeling down.
Below this one is my prayer and quote notebook. Not that I write in it anymore, but it's nice to read my letters to God about what I once was worrying about and what made me mad. When I read it back, it certainly puts things in to perspective, how trivial my worries were/are in comparison to the world. It's also full of a lot of quotes that I find inspiring.
Top right is a photo album, mostly photos of my childhood, which are obviously irreplacable.
Lastly, my art journal. This was actually the first thing that came to mind. It's full of my feelings and my thoughts, and something I want to keep forever. It will be nice to look back on in years to come.

Of course there would be other things that come to mind; my camera and my tablet for example, but they could always be replaced. I know, likewise, with my purse, ipod, phone and passport, but these are such natural things I live with that without them I think I would feel a bit lost.
I think everyone should do a post like this, I really love looking through The Burning House, I think it's so interesting! So, what would you grab?


  1. I ADORE your blog, but i cannot find where to follow apart from bloglovin which i don't have! :( help, i want to follow you! xo

  2. Thank you very much! It made perfect sense :)
    You write so beautifully, and you've inspired me to start a journal, yours is so lovely!
    Thank you for commenting on my blog and allowing me to find yours :) xx

  3. Hooray, I can comment! I love that 'The Burning House' site, it's brilliant - have just started reading back through the posts and I can see I could while away a good couple of hours looking through all the different ideas for things people would grab! I would never have thought of grabbing my passport, which is silly given all the fuss I've just gone through to renew it! We had a fire drill at work last week and I got in trouble for picking up my bag; you're supposed to leave your belongings behind and just leg it - umm, no! Not letting my wallet and iPhone burn! :) xxx

  4. I've seen a few of these and I love how insightful they are! (And how different each persons is!)

    Think I may have to do one myself!

    Clare x

  5. Lovely journal!!! you put in so much effort in writing! <3