My goals for a clean, happy home are simple: decorate only with what you love, keep only the stuff you need, get rid of the rest. But year after year I fall into the same trap and the stuff starts to pile up!
The last two years I did something called “40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS,” and over the course of the 40 days of Lent, as a sacrifice I challenge myself to declutter and get rid of 40 bags of stuff. See both years here. You don’t have to celebrate Lent, and you can start it whenever you are finding this post. :)
The stuff can get organized, donated, given to a family member or friend, go in a garage sale pile, to Freecycle, get sold, or go into the garbage. Just get it out of your house.
I’ve been asked so many times what size the bags have to be, if boxes or furniture count, if you can still participate if you don’t have 40 bags or if you have more.
The answer is up to you!
The goal is not necessarily to have 40 bags, but to tackle one spot a day. Your junk drawer, your bedroom, your car, your basement (stretched out over a whole week), or your dresser. I want you to do a deep cleaning of your whole house but take it one spot at a time and don’t overwhelm yourself.
The tough part is that not only are you ditching the crap, but you are ditching the stuff that maybe you kinda sorta still like. But if you’ve been hanging onto it for six years and you still haven’t used it? Uhhh, maybe it’s time for it to go on to a new home. ;)
I’ve set up a few things to help support you (and ME!!!) through the 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS journey:
1.) Printable calendar and goal sheet
I’ve created a handy calendar for February and March to help you plan and keep track of your progress. I’ve allowed for one day off on Sunday, but feel free to switch it up and do what works for you.
I highly recommend printing out two copies: one for planning (rooms, spots in your home, where you want to work on) and one for your actual progress. Download your free printable here, or click the image:
When filling it out, write what rooms or spots you’d like to tackle on the planning copy. On the real-time progress copy, you can write the spot you actually tackled, and how many bags you got, where they will go (goodwill, garbage, family member, garage sale). Write it all in pencil!
Are you starting after Wednesday February 13th? here are some blank calendars so that you can keep track of your progress. I’ve left a spot for you to mark what day of the 40 you are on, don’t forget to give yourself Sundays (or any other day) off when counting.
2.) Join our facebook page and closed facebook group.
I’ll be sharing daily pictures and reminders on our facebook page throughout the 40 days, but I’ve also set up a closed group (nothing is posted to your newsfeed, only members can see the contents) so we can support one another and share pictures, stories, triumphs, and vents. Think of this as your own little support group full of cheerleaders who also need to ditch the clutter. :)
join the 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS facebook group here, or click the image below:
3.) Join us on Instagram
If you’re posting a picture, please use the hashtag #40bags40days. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photos (if you give me permission), and let’s face it, everything looks good with a pretty filter on it. Even your bags of crap. ;)
Follow me (@whbsblog), leave your username in the comments, or tag me in a post if you are participating with us on instagram! And don’t forget the #40bags40days hashtag.
4.) Blog about 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS
I will have a weekly recap post and link party for 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS every Saturday right here. I’ll share my challenges, victories, and pictures from the week before.
If you have a blog, feel free to talk about your journey! You can use the image at the top of this post, as long as you link back here. Post when you can, once a week, a few posts a week, whatever helps you! Talk about your goals, your challenges, share your instagram pictures, do a recap, ask for support or advice, etc. Then head over here and link up your post so others can follow in your journey. :)
5.) Spread the Word
You can share this tweet:
— Ann Marie (@whbsblog) February 13, 2013
Share a link to this post on your facebook page and get your friends on board.
or pin this image:
Have Passionfruit ads? I’d love to do an ad swap (leave a comment, or email me)
Whatever you can do to help spread the word to your readers or friends would be awesome! The bigger we get this, the more people we have supporting us and the better we can accomplish our goal!
6.) Win Free Stuff
Aren’t we trying to get rid of the stuff? Yes. Yes we are.
I’m currently lining up sponsors and prizes for this year’s challenge that will help us with our goal, not just give you more stuff. So stay tuned! Keeping with the “getting rid of stuff” theme, I am thinking organizational, home improvement, cleaning, etc. Email me at amheasley (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
Any questions? Goals? Things stopping you? Or