40 Bags in 40 Days

I am always looking for something to help me de-clutter the house.  40 Bags in 40 Days is the most recent idea I have decided to follow.  The concept is simple enough – you have 40 days to fill 40 bags (more or less) and get rid of them in some way (garbage, donate, recycle, sell).  The bags can be any size – the idea is to get things arranged and to get rid of what you no longer want/need.

It is the same as my self imposed purge from a couple of years ago – tackle one corner, one area, one room at a time.  One thing I have decided this time is that I spent too much time trying to decide what to do with the items I no longer wanted or needed.  It ends up taking too much time waiting for people to pick up giveaways or items they wanted to buy – so my choice this time is to send it to the garbage dump or to recycle.  Either way, it will end up in one of the big bins outside for pickup by the city.

The challenge officially started on March 5th and goes to April 14th – but I know I will not do much on the days I am working – so this will actually take me 20 weekends.  I may do something small once in awhile during the week though because now that I have started, I am seeing several spots that will not take long.  I just have to have a bag handy to fill up.

Of course, I had shoveling to do today after we received another foot or so of snow over the last couple of days.  In between shoveling the front and back sidewalk and steps this morning, I broke down several cardboard boxes and put them out in the recycle bin.

I have before and after pictures of that – in case you are interested.  🙂  Actually, I have them even if you’re not interested.   😉

Before
Before

The big box on the bottom was from the water cooler that I bought about 2 years ago.  I left it there as a tunnel for the cats – but we are down to just one cat now who is not interested in it.  The other boxes ended up on top of it just because it was there.  It is so easy to let things pile up.  Chester is here to supervise (of course).

After
After

It really only took a few minutes to look after that mess but it sure makes a difference.

Of course, you are only accountable to yourself as to what you do and when you do it – but they have a downloadable sheet where you keep track of the date, the job you tackled and the outcome & details.  You can share as much or as little as you want to with the group, but many are feeling that by sharing, they then feel the need to make sure they do it.  So – you get the incentive to do it by keeping the group informed.

My biggest challenge isn’t cleaning the area – it is keeping it clean.  I have been known to move items from one place to another – and what better place to move it to than a clean spot.  I have cleaned my computer desk off many times – but it is full of papers and stuff again.  That is once again on my list.

It is not too late to start yourself if you are interested.  Here is the website.

If you have any tips for me, please feel free to share them.  🙂