The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge is a forty day period taking place (generally) around Spring (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) where time is dedicated to decluttering one area of your home each day.
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The goal of the challenge is stated as decluttering one bag per day, however if you find yourself with more or less decluttering, that's fine. Just keep with it! The 2015 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge officially lasts from Wednesday, February 18th to Saturday, April 4th. Take a break on Sundays, those are your days off.
Don’t feel obligated to participate in the official #40BagsIn40Days Challenge, start whenever and wherever! It's completely up to you.
Ann Marie from whitehouseblackshutters.com has created a printable to fill out each day and to plan all of the areas that will be working on each day. Aim for one area per day without allowing the challenge to become overwhelming. Just get rid of the "stuff" that no longer is serving its purpose in our homes and our lives. Decrapify. Declutter. Delight.
Any adaptation of a "bag" is acceptable. The bags may actually be boxes, grocery bags, kitchen bags, furniture and even the clutter of an email inbox. The focus shouldn't necessarily be on the bags. Focus on eliminating all of the excess, unnecessary accumulation of clutter from a particular area each day.
While decluttering, not everything will be considered to be trash. Feel free to recycle and donate items to family or friends, have a garage sale, Freecycle, list on Craigslist or local Facebook selling/trade groups.
There are so many options and benefits to reducing and reorganizing in our homes. Get creative and get to cleaning!
There is also a 40 Bags in 40 Days Facebook group which I have found to be very supportive and inspiring.Let's share the #40BagsIn40Days Challenge with everyone we know! My #OneWord for 2015 is CHANGE. Let's all actively initiate positive changes in our our lives. We can bring about change together!
Are you ready to join me and the #40BagsIn40Days Challenge? I'm here to help. Ask me any questions below in the comments!