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What matters most

Being something of a worrier as well as someone whose mind runs away with them sometimes, I often muse on the things that I'd grab if my house was burning down, or the things I'd miss if (god forbid) I was burgled. I am that person who sees a fire engine or ambulance when I'm on my way home and doesn't relax until I see them drive past my house or go down a different road.  I constantly wake up when I hear noises in the house or outside, and spend my journeys to work wondering if I've left the gas on or that a phone charger or light might spontaneously combust (my brother told me off a couple of weekends ago for having fairy lights and other artificial lights that are constantly left on).  My curiosity about what matters most to others means I'm constantly looking on the website 'The Burning House' and seeing what others would grab - they say it's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental.  I must admit I would lean towards the last one, I'm impressed by those people who've thought of taking a pair of particularly comfortable shoes, or a flashlight, but I must admit I'd be that person sat on my front lawn in my pajamas, surrounded by teddies and letters and struck by the sudden thought that my car keys are still hanging on the key rack.

With that in mind I thought I'd share with you my own personal 'burning house' list.  The reason I'm doing this today is that John Lewis have an amazing new TV advert (it's so clever, I love it) to highlight their new 'What matters most' campaign.  They're also running a competition to coincide with their TV advert.   All you have to do is create a Vine around something that matters to you and you could win a Canon SLR each week, or the grand prize of a £1000 John Lewis voucher.  (My mind is now similarly running away with me considering what I'd buy with a £1000 John Lewis voucher!)

So here is my 'burning house' list - or the list of things that matter most to me in my house. (Of course Tom would be on the list too!)

burning house list
And here is my Vine video...


In case you're interested in what's on the list, in that assortment is:

  • Bodhi the dog, of course!
  • Filofax
  • Running shoes (took ages to break in, don't want to be doing that again!)
  • Memory photobooks
  • Kindle Fire
  • Medal for running National Lottery Run, another medal for working during the Olympics
  • External Hard Drive (my life is on here!)
  • Doggy, my childhood toy (29 years old!)
  • Teddy, another childhood toy from a few years later
  • Some of my Gran's jewellery
  • My Michael Kors watch
  • My Lomo LC-A
  • My handbag savings fund - don't want that going to waste!
What would be on your list? Don't forget to check out the site and make your own Vine to be in with a chance of winning!

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21 comments

  1. Love this post, it's awesome. Really love the burning house website too, really interesting to see! xx
    Stephanie

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  2. Oh, that's uaully one of my favourite dinner party conversations, so this website excites me! I love your list. Mine seems to change. USually the hardest part is figuring out which pair of shoes I'd save.

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  3. I actually love the look on your little dogs face! So sweet!

    Erin, xx

    http://strawcherry21.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Nice post Rosie! Bodhi is the cutest.. I'm wondering, did you put the stuff around him, or did he quite happily plonk down in the stuff? I know my dogs would never ever keep still long enough to achieve this!!

    www.blanksandbliss.com

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    1. Haha, I arranged the stuff and then got him to sit in the space! He knocked the Kindle Fire a bit closer to the Filofax but other than that he was very well behaved! :) xo

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  5. like the post but the "burning house" campaign freaks me outttt I can't even imagine what it must be liek to be in that situation it actually makes me shiver! xxx

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  6. Love this post. It relaxes me slightly to think that someone else is like me when it comes to worrying about leaving things on, or things blowing up etc. I check things like plugs constantly, and drive away telling myself that my GHD's are on even though I haven't used them! Silly! x

    LittleGlitter.org

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  7. Great post! I'm such a worrier too, and often think what I'd save in a fire.. I'd definitely go for the sentimental things, especially my nan's engagement ring as it means so much to me.
    Bodhi is such a sweetie. xx

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  8. A successful post and fresh ! :3

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  9. I'd definitely go with the sentimental things, I can't imagine what I'd do if something happened to something that means a lot to me, or something that carries a lot of memories.

    http://amyslittlewonderland.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I love the idea of really thinking about what matters too you most (and sometimes it surprises you), but I cringe a little at the way that site links a genuine emergency to (totally acceptable and important) sentimentality. As someone whose house burned down (150 year old house, so it burned like kindling), you really don't have time to do anything but get out--stopping to grab things is often what kills people. That said, it really does affect how I view things and reassess what is really important.

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    1. I know what you mean, I think it's more about the thought process and the concept than about about planning what you'd actually do in an emergency. If my house was on fire I'd make sure Tom and Bodhi were safe and get the hell out of there but I think the idea of the site, and certainly what I was thinking about when I wrote this post is about the sentimental or irreplaceable things you have around you. I don't think anyone is making light of what that situation would be like, as someone who works for an emergency service/safety organisation I can assure you that safety would be at the forefront of my mind in that situation, not grabbing my filofax xx

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  11. Jim and I once chatted about what we'd grab and the only thing that we both agreed on was Flash. (I'd totally have my snowboard, hard drive & a few bits of sentimental jewellery in there too.)

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  12. Jim and I once chatted about what we'd grab and the only thing that we both agreed on was Flash. (I'd totally have my snowboard, hard drive & a few bits of sentimental jewellery in there too.)

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  13. I love the Burning House Project! There's something about the documentation of material possessions (but the really important ones) that is really fascinating - it's like a catalogue of old, worn memories.

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  14. aaaaaw little Bodhi-booos, miss that little one.

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  15. I'm a worrier and it's interesting to see the items you would save as I always think of ways I would escape with my little one. I like that it's done in a 'what if' way, rather than what you 'would' do. I really enjoyed this post <3 xxx Jade

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  16. ah what a great dog, he looks like tin tin's dog!

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  17. What a sweet post! your dog is adorable. I recently discovered the burning house and I think your list is awesome!
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  18. This is a great idea for a post! I'd definitely have to take my cats, my husband and a pair of Converse. Oh and my Wedding photo album - can't forget that! x

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