I love the challenge and intensity of this site! Check out The Burning House: “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. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.”
On the site, visitors are encouraged to answer:
- And The List
The list is what you’d grab if your house was burning and you had to make a run for it. Visitors also upload photos of their stuff.
For some reason, I’ve always thought about this. I’m glad to see I’m not the only crazy one. (Being crazy isn’t so bad when you’re not the only one.) For example, Hugo Janssens would grab the beautiful things, including a 200 year old violin and vintage French boots. Shelby Eaton offers a simple and somewhat haunting list, including only a photo of someone named Sammy and a ring. I could identify a bit more with Natalia Hubbard, who included a diary, sketchbook and old photos.
What would you grab? Would it be a mix of practical and sentimental? Have you ever actually had to do this?
Have you ever had to move or downsize and been confronted with a very similar situation – what stays and what goes? When I moved to a smaller apartment three years ago, I downsized quite a bit. Most of it felt good or neutral, but I missed some things almost as soon as I’d dropped them off. In thinking about this exercise, I know I would not be able to grab three things I’d sorely miss:
- A small wooden desk that just has so much life to it
- My coffee table that I shopped months for and finally found for $26 at an antique store
- A bookshelf I’ve had since I was a kid; I remember stacking my Golden Books on the shelves
But I have boxes and boxes of photos and letter and keepsakes. What of them would I grab? And an entire bookshelf of diaries, going back 17 years? Oh yeah, and clothes and toiletries. I may not even think o f them in the heat of the moment (literally).
I’m going to experiment with this one and post something later this week. In the meantime, let me know what you’d grab!