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40 Bags in 40 Days: Week 2 Update

A couple of weeks into this bugger and I’m still going semi-strong.

If you have not tuned in thus far, I am tackling a “40 Bags in 40 Days” decluttering challenge. Basically I am ridding my sweet, modest home of any extra junk we don’t use or need (or perhaps just don’t like anymore). There are 7 people that live here, so you can imagine how quickly things can accumulate!

Up to this point I have gotten rid of 12 trash bags and 4 big boxes of various items.  I was extremely pleased that my husband jumped on board without being asked. One of our boys had an event on Saturday, so I was away a good chunk of the day. I came home to find all of his clothes purged and sorted!  Sweet!!


Areas I tackled this past week:


Upstairs bathroom

My clothes

Jeff’s clothes


Downstairs bookshelves

Fabric/Sewing area

What I plan to hit this coming week:

Girl Bedroom

Boy Bedroom


Seasonal Decorations (basement)



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40 Bags in 40 Days: Week 1 Update

Today I am updating you all on how my “40 Bags in 40 Days” challenge is going.

Seven days have passed since I first posted about this.

So, how’d I do? Did I keep it up or did I  fall off of the decluttering wagon?

Well….so far I have rounded up 6 big trash bags full of stuff to pitch and 3 big boxes of items to donate. It feels great.

I’m glad that I did give myself grace as far as one area a day, because there were two days where I just didn’t have the time to tackle it. However, I was able to make up several areas in one day where I did have the time & energy to purge things.

One mistake I’ve made is trying to do this one day when the kids were here to see what was being taken out….not good. Especially when I hit their game shelving area. Suddenly a penguin game that I thought they were done with was the best thing ever and literally made one kid cry. I caved and let it come back in the house where they played with it for the next hour. Everything else left the house.


Areas I have purged so far:

Kids art/craft cabinet


China cabinet



Downstairs bathroom

Medicine closet/toiletries

Coat closet/Pegs

Game shelf


Kitchen countertops


Laundry Closet

Game plan for this coming week:


Master bedroom closet

Under the bed

Living room bookshelves

Fabric/sewing area

Our dressers

Upstairs hall closet

I’ll check back in another week to let you know how it has progressed.

So far so good!








40 Bags in 40 Days

Okay friends. I’ve never officially really done anything for Lent in the past.

I primarily grew up in a Mennonite church and Lent was never something that was mentioned much or really observed. Sure, we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection and all ON Easter, but never had a big focus on the days leading up to Easter. Though this is not a super spiritual post today, I began a challenge that does coincide with the Lenten season.

40 bags in 40 days. I’m sure you’ve read of others who have done this in past years. Basically it’s a challenge to intentionally declutter your home in a set time period.

The basic premise is this–spend a little bit of time each day decluttering one area of your home. The goal is to rid your home of at least one bag of stuff a day. Do this for forty days. This may be stuff that you choose to trash, donate, or whatever. Just get it out of your house!


I did start already this week when I had some time at home with no kids around. I tackled a couple of little areas in one day, then made myself a list of other areas to check off on the other days. I had a giant trash bag that I was able to dispose of and a box of items to donate. Since the kitchen is such a big central part of our home, that’s where I started first. A couple of days in and there is already a visible difference!

It’s such a great feeling to get rid of stuff, isn’t it? Whenever I’ve purged in the past, I can honestly say I’ve never missed an item that I’ve gotten rid of. Not even once. I’ve challenged myself for forty days, but am giving myself a little grace for days where there isn’t much time. Perhaps I’ll tackle several areas in one day to make up for it, but the goal is to hit each area and rid our home of at least 40 bags worth of stuff. I don’t think it will be hard.

Stay tuned–I plan to do several updates as I go! I may have a lot of trash every week and will have some trips to the thrift store drop-off. Wish me luck in my 40 bag challenge!

Here’s what I’ve done so far and plan to tackle this week:


Kids art/craft cabinet-done!

Kitchen Counter top clutter-done!

Tupperware cabinet

Other kitchen cabinets


China cupboard & cookbooks


Laundry Closet

Toiletries/Medicine closet




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What I’m Into: February 2016

Howdy, howdy….

Welcome to the most “blah” month of the year! Yay!

Here are some things that our family is into lately:

Vaseline Rosy Lips. I love lip balms and glosses that work, and ones that are slightly tinted are just my cup of tea. This one in a cute tiny tub from Vaseline has been in my purse all winter and I really like it.

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Rock the Park. This is a recently added show on Netflix that we discovered. It’s very family friendly and follows a pair of young guys as they explore the National Parks one by one. We’ve only watched a few episodes so far but have learned lots.

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Speaking of National Parks, we have planned for a week-long summer vacation at Acadia National Park in Maine! I am super excited for this as it looks spectacular. If anyone has suggestions for things to do in that vicinity, let me know. This will be our first time there.

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Wraps and Shawls. I’ve been working on a few of these, all with a different design. The one in the picture was made out of Homespun Yarn with the color name of “Painted Desert.” Please excuse the sweatpants, it was a stay-at-home day;)

The crock pot. I typically don’t use it as much as I should, but lately I have. So handy!

My Side of the Mountain. Another recent addition on Netflix. Most of my kids have read the book, so it was nice to watch the movie version. (Except we had tears from one son when Frightful gets shot in the movie and doesn’t get back up.) Otherwise we all thought it was good.