last year we did a little thing here called 40 bags in 40 days during Lent, and what do ya know, it’s that time again!
It all started with this post. I have a tendency (don’t we all? or is that just me?) to hang onto things. Whether it’s old binders from when I was in college, something I got for a steal on clearance and had to buy five, crap from the dollar store, crafting stuff for all of the projects I haven’t started, baby clothes and toys, that “awesome find” at Goodwill, paper, or whatever! We all collect stuff, we hang on to it, and we let it consume us.
I’ve found that with blogging and taking pictures of my house all the time, I really started to realize all the stuff that was making my home look cluttered. Who cares if I have a pretty décor display when I have a huge stack of mail and crap sitting in the midst of it?
With the popularity of Pinterest, you start to notice that every beautiful space and beautiful room has something in common.
THERE’S NO CLUTTER.
Gorgeous kitchen. No dishes, dirty appliances, or stacks of paper.
Swoon-worthy bedroom. But it’s missing the huge pile of laundry sitting next to the bed. Oh wait, you don’t have to have that in every bedroom? Oops. :)
A family room that shows signs of life, but is clean! I’d really enjoy sitting back with my family and watching a movie in this room without worrying about what I should be doing!
While I know that a little bit of clutter and mess is unavoidable, especially with three kids under three, my goal is to create a “pin worthy” home. One where we’re not afraid to let go of the stuff, keep only the stuff we need, and decorate with things that we love (not stuff that was simply “on sale”). I want to enjoy my home, have lots of people over, and not worry about the stuff that’s bogging us down.
To go along with the 40 bags in 40 days, I created this free printable game plan. There are two pages:
On the first, fill out what room or area you’d like to tackle on the left, then fill out the right hand column when you actually get to the room. If you skip a day, it’s fine. If you switch up the order it’s fine. This is just your game plan, the outcome of the game is up to you and will be different! ;)
What about those big items that you’d like to get rid of (I have a certain roll-top desk in mind) but don’t fit in a bag? Or other projects you’d like to work on? Turn to the second page. Fill those out in the first column, under “other items to clear out or sell.” Aside from the bags, I did really good on moving these out last year!
The second and third columns say “If I do this…” and “then I can do this…” and are kinda like a reward area. For instance, I’ve been wanting to paint the trim white in my house for about for-ev-er (in fact you’re probably sick of me talking about it…). If I sell the big huge desk in my living room, then I am going to reward myself by tackling the trim in that room and working on the redesign. If I finish the curtains, I am going to make throw pillows, and yada yada yada…
I don’t want this to become the “all 40 bags, all the time” channel, so I’ll be doing a few wrap up posts mixed in with the regularly scheduled programming here at whbs.
I’d love for you to join me and we can conquer that clutter together! (picture me doing a fist pump) Every Friday, I’ll be hosting a link party where you can link up your post(s) on progress from the week. Share your struggles, your before and afters, your ugly spots in your home, drawers that will make your readers think you’re a hoarder (cause I promise, we all have those problem spots), and your crazy pictures of bags.
Up to the challenge? The first step is admitting you have a problem… Here’s a button for lovely you:
and here’s the code if you’d like it:
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Please take a look back at this post to see more on why I’m doing it, and please please please read all of the amazing comments. I cried while reading these, people. You’re not alone. You’re not a bad person for having clutter, and it’s not too late to free yourself. But most importantly (and I’ll say it again), you’re not alone! You can see more of last year’s journey here.
We start tomorrow, February 22nd, and will end on Saturday April 7th. Sundays aren’t included, so take those days to kick back, relax, and reflect. And maybe write your blog post?
I’m looking forward to our journey! Are you in?
Have any questions? Leave a comment here!