Here we are again. At the beginning of a journey. A life changing journey for me. A project called 40 Bags in 40 Days Organize and Declutter Challenge. For you, it may or may not be a faith-based journey and either is ok. For me, it is faith-based and a struggle and rewarding and life changing. I hope you will join me.
This morning, I began my day (after dropping off the kids at school) by going to Mass with them for Ash Wednesday. While the priest was talking about the three things the Lenten Season should be about, I thought about how I could apply each to my life and our family’s life during Lent.
The three things we focus on during Lent are prayer, penance/sacrifice and charity/kindness all in preparation for the resurrection of Christ at Easter. For me, the 40 bags in 40 days encompasses all three: prayer, penance/sacrifice and charity/kindness and that’s why I do it each year.
This is the third year I’ve tackled our home with the intention of organizing and decluttering. To read about my plan in 2014, click here or to read about my plan in 2013, click here. I am again super excited to begin this journey!!
For those who are new to the 40 Bags in 40 Days Organize & Declutter Challenge, please let me explain.
For the next 40 days (which is the Lenten Season), you and I will tackle one area in our home to organize and declutter each day. One bag of stuff will be taken out of the home (trashed or donated) each day. Sundays are a free day (or whatever day of the week works for you). And that’s it. By Easter Sunday, we will have worked for effectively 40 days to organize and declutter our home!
Now the honesty part. I will say that the journey is not an easy one… at least for me.
It is a sacrifice in time. It is hard to balance the other demands of life with my commitment to organize and declutter for 40 days. And yet, I do try. I dedicate a whole week for a big project or I might tackle one small space like the junk drawer on very busy day. The point is that my hands organize and declutter something… anything… for each day.
It is a hard to get rid of stuff. Will I ever need “this” again? Battling the kids to donate the toy they haven’t played with in forever – “But Mom, I love that toy?”. And yet, I try to be firm and committed to the challenge.
We will support each other. We will share our stories and struggles and successes. In a few days, I will share some ideas for what has worked for me and my plan. I’ll be sharing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so please follow along there too. Use the hashtag #40bagsin40days so we can all follow you.
It is life changing. It is life changing to be free of stuff. It is life changing to not be frustrated, because now I can find my favorite pink sweater in the closet. It is life changing to know I donated clothes, toys, and other home items to families that will use them now. It is life changing to teach my children and remind myself about sacrifice and kindness.
In a few days, I will share my plan and some ideas and suggestions with you. We can do this!
And so the 40 Bags in 40 Days Organize and Declutter Challenge begins!