Prioritizing: If Your House Was on Fire What Would You Save?

 In Blog, Life Coaching, Physical Clutter

I had a friend move to Hawaii and get everything she owned into two suitcases and two carryons. I can’t even imagine that. She had to pare down to what she really needed and spend time prioritizing what was important.  Is it something you really need or use or is it clutter?

Prioritizing: What would you grab?

Here are some of the items I would save:

  • My husband
  • All of the cats: Joey, Antonio, Athena, Annina & Augusta
  • My wedding album
  • My desktop and laptop
  • A painting my mother did
  • An alphabet stitch that my great great great great grandmother did as a girl in Germany.
  • My grandmother’s bracelet


We’re fortunate that we have a really heavy fireproof safe. I’m hoping it would survive because it has our most important papers. It’s way too heavy to carry so we’d have to wish for the best of luck on that one.

Here are some exercises to support you in releasing clutter.


  1. Moving

Done by weight and distance. When I moved from LA to Raleigh got rid of just about all my furniture and still cost me over 3 K and that was almost 10 years ago. We will be moving within the year and going through stuff now.

So, knowing you have to pay by weight, what would you move and what would you release? What is preventing you from doing so now?

  1. I want you to think about what you would save if there was a fire.
  2. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have my home catch on fire. It would be devastating, So make sure you have fire detectors and battery up to date.

Be Quick!

Realistically you only have a minute or two, but for this exercise, think about what you would grab in 10 minutes. That’s going to tell you what s important to you.


If thinking about a fire is too hard, skip ahead. Suppose you lose everything you own in a disaster. You are only going to get so much from the insurance company despite their clever commercial and doubtful you could replace everything? SO, what would you replace? That can guide you to releasing clutter today.


I often work with people who have been left things by relatives and the burden to decluttering the house, selling the house, handling financial affaris, etc. rests with someone. Would you want to leave all that clutter for someone else to deal with? What would you want to leave to them that has meaning to you?


What would you save if your house was burning? What would you pay to replace?

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