When You Just Want to Burn It All Down and Start Fresh


Do you ever look at the piles of clutter and boxes of stuff that have accumulated over the years and find yourself wishing for some big disaster to come and wipe it all out so you could start fresh with no guilt?

That was me a few years ago.

My husband and I had just moved into our first place together and at 656 square feet, it was a tight fit.

As we unpacked, we eventually came to "The Totes" - a name I gave the Rubbermaid totes filled with childhood trinkets, old journals and other odds and ends that had followed me around ever since I moved out of my childhood home.

By now, they were on their fourth home after spending years stored in my mom's garage. With every move, they also accumulated more of the miscellaneous things that always seem to pop up at the end of every packing session and get shoved in some random box to be dealt with "later".

In an attempt to quickly separate out what was worth keeping, I pretended that there was a fire and I only had a few seconds to choose the most important things. I selected a couple items, but found myself wishing that there actually was a fire so I didn't have to think about what to do with these things or feel obligated to carry them around with me any longer.

And then it hit me. I could make my own fire!

Now, to be fair, I didn't start a fire inside our apartment. But I did label our kitchen trash can a "Burn Barrel". Anything I wished would just get swallowed up in imaginary flames so I didn't have to make decisions about it anymore, went in the can (or the recycling/Goodwill box).

At the end of the day, the pile was smaller and I felt free. 


Are you ready to light your clutter on fire? I'm here to help!

Lindsey Escalante