The season of Lent is almost here! Ash Wednesday is almost upon us…this year, it falls on St. Valentine’s Day. Have you considered what you and your family will be doing for Lent this year? I have trouble with this every year, to be honest with you. But this year, I’m ready! This year, we are going to tackle the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.
What on earth is the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, you ask? Well, it’s a way to tackle all of the clutter that builds up in your house. We have 7 people and 3 dogs who live in our house…a small house, approximately 1000 square feet. Seven people (even little people who can’t even talk yet) can accumulate a lot of stuff. We have stuff everywhere. It doesn’t help that my husband and I are both stackers. We get something out to use it, finish using it, and set it someplace…we don’t put it away right then. I always think I’m going to come back in just a minute and put it away, but I never do. I tell myself, “I’m going to need that again in a few hours. If I put it away, I’ll have to climb on the chair again in a few hours to get it. I could just leave it on the table, and then I’ll have it ready next time I need it.” All fine and good for one thing…but it’s never just one thing, and it seems that there’s never a good time to put them all away! So, the clutter piles and piles and piles.
The biggest problem is that we have so much stuff that all of our convenient storage space is already taken…storage space is at a premium around here in the first place! So all of our cabinets are stacked precariously, our tupperware containers await their next unsuspecting victim, our dresser drawers are crammed full, our closets are overflowing, and the toy boxes…well, you get the picture.
40 Bags in 40 Days
Alright, so now we know the problem. Too much stuff. But, going through, room by room seems such a huge, daunting task!
Well, that’s where 40 bags in 40 days comes in. The goal is that for each day during Lent, you remove a bag or box of stuff from your home. It can be any size. But, each day, you must remove at least one box (or bag). As long as the stuff is in good condition, donate the items to a worthy charity. What a great way to teach myself and my children about being good stewards of our resources and helping other people all at once!
It seems like such a simple idea! Imagine, 40 boxes worth of stuff…gone.
Not just gone, but gone on to someone who can really use it.
I have high hopes, in case you can’t tell. I’m rather embarrassed by the state of my home, honestly. We can hardly move! I’m hoping that by the end of our 40 Bags in 40 Days Lenten challenge that perhaps we will have gained a bit of breathing room. I hope you’ll follow along with us as we free ourselves from the stuff monster during this period of sacrifice and reflection. I promise to update you on our progress weekly.
Before 40 Bags in 40 Days Pictures (Yikes!!!)