Maybe you’ve heard of this thing called 40 Bags in 40 Days. Maybe you tried it and didn’t stick with it. Maybe you wished you had tried it, but were scared to commit. Or maybe, you haven’t heard of it at all (in that case, keep reading).
We have too much stuff in our lives and we have too many people trying to sell us more stuff. We don’t need to organize, that’s not the focus here, we need to seriously get rid of stuff and stop buying more. You do that, and I promise you that you will be happier.
WHAT IS 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS?
A forty day period where you focus on cleaning one area per day. In this one area you challenge yourself to declutter, simplify, decrapify, and get rid of things you don’t need. NOT JUST ORGANIZE THOSE THINGS! Get rid of stuff.
The goal is to clean one spot a day (it can be any size bag, you don’t need a full bag) but you can do more or less!
HOW DO I START?
- Print out this printable to plan all of the spots you are going to work on each day. Use pencil!
- Stuck? Here is a list of suggestions for places in your home and another with “non-stuff” places to declutter.
- Print out another printable to keep track of your actual progress. You don’t have to go in order. Fill out the date, the spot you cleaned, and the progress you made.
Other than that, just get rid of stuff. It’s really as easy as that!
But HOW do I start? I feel overwhelmed.
Here are some quick tips:
- Just start. Work on a small area like a drawer. Head to one spot and commit to it.
- Set a timer for 10-15 minutes.
- Make three piles: put away, throw out, donate. And take care of it now!
- Focus on getting rid of stuff instead of organizing it.
- “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Make spots, stick to them, and if you can’t find a good spot, reevaluate whether you need it.
- Have kids? Put on a movie for them or bring out a big bin of fun (more on how we keep toys organized here).
- It might get worse before it gets better and no one might notice except you. That’s okay. Keep going.
- Take a picture of the spot. Sometimes we put blinders on, look at the picture and make it better in real life. Challenge yourself to get a good “after”. Share it online or just keep it to yourself. I promise, if you are getting rid of stuff, you will notice a difference.
Decluttering in the Summer
I don’t know about you but I want to spend my summer having fun, not cleaning. And I don’t want to spend it on a computer telling you how to clean. ;) This challenge will be different in that we’ll focus on the mess in quick spurts so that we can get on with our day and enjoy it.
How I’ll Help You
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Join us on Instagram, I’m @whbsblog, and you can use the hashtag #40bagsin40days.
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TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW
I want everyone I know to join us. I want everyone you know to join us. I want to change our lives, I want to see your progress. Big or small, embarrassing or beautiful. I want to help you and I want you to become a better version of yourself. We are in this together.
I want everyone to know that:
- You don’t need all of this stuff.
- It won’t make you happier.
- Your home should not make you feel overwhelmed or stressed.
- You do not need to be embarrassed.
- You can do this. (repeat that)
- You are not alone in feeling this way.
If you’d like to read more on why I started the challenge and how long I’ve been doing 40 Bags in 40 Days, read here.