Step Into Our Ritual

October 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm 2 comments

Last week we assisted a customer in burning her old journals. Watching the pages of documented teenage angst go up in flames was a fantastically liberating experience. It made the energy of the room significantly lighter (and not just because the carpet caught fire – ahem).    

Sound a little too New Age Voodoo Juju? We swear on the Professional Organizers in Canada Handbook, it wasn’t.  

Sure recycling is great (and easy) but there’s something so grounding about participating in a formal ritual, especially when it comes to good-byes. Followers of earth based religious/spiritual movements describe burning rituals as “ancient methods of transforming energy”. We definitely experienced a shift.

We smudged sage too.

Burning old journals definitely freed up our customer’s space (physically and metaphorically). She had been working with a therapist for a few years (to overcome some of the challenges she faced in her teenage years) and had begun revisiting the journals as both records and measuring tools of her growth. Setting fire to those records signified the death of the pieces of herslef she no longer wished to own.

It’s a ritual we highly, highly recommend performing. Love letters, cards and pictures are burn-worthy candidates as well.

Just remember to be safe and to never start a fire in your living room – ahem.


Entry filed under: Closet Organization, Decluttering, Editing, Junk Drawer Organization, Making It Lovely, Office Organization, Photo Organization, Resources, Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna  |  October 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I love your blog! I’ve been taking the “weekly challenges” and have noticed a significant reduction in clutter. Thanks!!

  • 2. Edit My Closet  |  October 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    We’re thrilled to hear it!!!


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