Ok, so we’ve decided that in our house, we are super competitive. Any time we can make something into a race or a challenge, POOF! It magically gets done some way or another! Not only that, our 2014 New Years resolution was to seriously organize and purge our tiny little house of all the ish that we are constantly trying to cram under a bed, into a already stuffed closet or into the scary crawl-space. Sooo… when I discovered something that was posted on a couple blogs I follow called the “40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge” – I was intrigued!
It is a challenge spanning a forty day period in the spring (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) 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. The goal is one bag a day but you can have more or less.
I love that Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters uses the word “decrapify.” I encourage you to use it today in a sentence!
She has been doing this for a few years now and it seems that it’s been a huge success. She has a Facebook page for it and it seems there is a pretty big following. I even saw it posted on Pinterest a few times! While it technically started yesterday, I think I can manage to make up for that one day. This is going to be huge for us since somehow our master bedroom has managed to turned into the “junk room” while we’ve been updating the house and sleeping in our spare bedroom because our mattress is nicer in there!
She even has a FREE Printable to help you map out what areas you want to tackle and keep track of your bags! There is also one with blank dates if you decide to pick up on this after March 5th and want to write in your own dates!
You can check out the full details and post here at her blog, White House Black Shutters!
- 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.
And GOOD LUCK!!