40 bags in 40 days

Monday, February 27, 2017

Like many people we know, we've acquired WAY too much stuff. We combined two households and never completely purged from that. Then we had a baby, and he has, you know, a ton of stuff! 

So, when a Facebook friend of mine posted an article about clearing out 40 bags in the 40 days of Lent, that sounded kind of perfect to me! 

The premise is simple. Each day for the 40 days of Lent, you pick an area and clear it. The goal is to donate 40 bags - whatever size bags you'd like - to local organizations in need. There's even a Facebook group you can join for ideas, inspiration, and motivation. I shared the article with my husband, and he jumped on board immediately. And since Lent starts March 1, we're off and running. 

Yesterday, we got the brilliant idea to move our bedroom furniture. For one, it hasn't been moved since I bought this house... almost a decade ago... so, it was time to deep clean anyway. And for two, the set up was just sort of not really working for us anymore. We spent three hours moving, cleaning, and purging, and the result was three LARGE bags we're taking to Goodwill, one laundry basket of items to resale, and a LOT of paperwork in the recycling bin and shredder. Our room looks amazing, and we FEEL amazing, and we're excited to keep digging in and clearing the clutter. 

It's amazing that we get to organize our house. But what's more amazing is that we get to donate great, useable items that are quite literally collecting dust in our home. It's a win-win, and really, our evenings can probably be much better spent doing this than watching more Netflix than I care to admit. :D 

What are you doing for Lent? And what do you think of the 40 in 40 challenge? 


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