40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge

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“There’s something about it that makes sense, Lent. You give something up, and everything’s more joyful.”  –  Elaine Stritch

Today marks the first day of Lent. People all over the world are giving up something for the duration of forty days. You can pick a food or beverage — for some it’s alcohol, others choose sugar. Some people pick a habit and give up TV or shopping. Others decide on a behavior and eliminate negativity or gossiping. But being an advocate of simplifying and organizing, I say,“Why give up chocolate for Lent when you can give up clutter and excess instead?”
Spring is on the horizon. The days are already getting warmer and we are starting to move about more.Wouldn’t you love to step into spring feeling lighter and free from all the things that clutter your home, office, and life? Can you imagine having increased energy, ability to focus, fewer possessions, and more peace of mind?
Join me in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge from March 4 through April 12. Make a commitment to fill one bag from one area in one day, and do it for 40 days. Just think of all that you can release in that time! Whether it’s a large black trash bag of clothing or a zip lock baggie of jewelry doesn’t really matter. It can even be a Trash Folder filled with deleted emails! The point is the intention, the commitment, the consistency, and the follow-through.
Choose a small area each day – a drawer, a cabinet, a bookshelf. Or try it by category – toiletries, clothing, or magazines. If it’s a busy day take it easy on yourself, and if you have a longer span of time try to tackle a bigger area. Schedule a donation pick-up for the end of the challenge as added incentive. If you’d like a printable tracking and suggestion list click here: 40bags-40days declutter list. I’ll be checking in each week with ideas, tips, and other helpful information. Let’s keep each other motivated and see how well we can do TOGETHER.


  1. Paula

    This is a great idea! Even though I’m late getting started,
    I will be thrilled to fill 20 or 30 bags.