Hello! Long time no blog, amiright? I’m not sure where the first two months of this year have gone. I’ve been happily lost in the haze of new motherhood again, but our little one is starting to sleep for longer stretches, and I’m starting to actually function like a normal human being again. Yay!
She’s also found a new way to sleep now that she’s found her fingers!
And become obsessed with the ceiling fan…
This is my typical view now when I’m trying to work…
I hope you can understand why I’ve been missing for a little while! 🙂
The good news is that I no longer feel like a member of the Walking Dead (guess what was on while I was writing this!), and I’m ready to get back to business so I figured what better way to get in the swing of things than with a new decluttering challenge?!
March 1st is going to bring with it a brand new 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge! If you aren’t familiar with the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge you can read all about it here. It’s basically a challenge that runs for the duration of Lent (although it can be done at any time!), and we work to remove 40 bags worth of stuff from our homes in 40-ish days. This year, the challenge will run from March 1st until Easter Sunday, April 16th.
I don’t know the origins of the challenge, and definitely can’t take credit for the idea, but a whole bunch of fellow declutterathoners are already participating, and we’d love for you to join us! Just click here to join my Declutterathon facebook group. I’ll be sharing my progress in weekly updates here on the blog, and you can find daily posts both in the facebook group and on my Instagram account with the #declutterathon. I’d love for you to use #declutterathon too so I can easily find your pics and see your progress!
I can already tell I’m going to feel so much better once all this stuff is gone.
Will you join me? Comment below with the room you’ll start with. I think I’m going to start with either my closet or office. Both have gotten a little out of control and could use a good purge.
And if you aren’t already receiving my newsletter, be sure to subscribe in the box below this post! I’m going to be adding a brand new 40 Bags in 40 Days printable to the printable library this Wednesday, and e-mailing it to all of my subscribers… because I’m printable obsessed, and a new challenge always means a new printable! It’s like the mandatory first step in the entire process. ????
Happy decluttering, friends!
I am going to start with the book case. I have loads of food magazines sitting on the shelves collecting dust. I have contacted the high school that my children attended, and plan to donate them to the culinary class.
I love that you’re donating them! That’s a great idea, and I’m sure they will be greatly appreciated.
That’s great that the culinary class can use your magazines. I’m a teacher and I take my family type magazines to school and give them to the Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers to use for their projects.
I am starting with my cookbook shelf!
Congratulations! She is beautiful.
I’m starting in the living room and dining room as they are the zones I’m already working on this week. And, I’m starting a little early because we will be away from home for part of the 40 days.
The hubs and I have been on a roll to purge. I started with my closet (three big trash bags donated and one overstuffed IKEA blue bag to consign). Then I tackled the tupperware drawer. And of course, this was all before the 40 bags. Next up, we want to dump all the old books (and the bookcase) and the leftover DVDs and CDs as we plan to hang the flat screen and get a new couch.
Sounds like you’re off to a great start!
Guest bedroom! When it isn’t in use by a guest, it’s home to a random collection of clutter. I’m tired of moving mystery containers back and forth! I’m goin’ in! ????
Good luck!! You can do it!
I’m starting in my craft room/office. Much of the clutter in the rest of the house belongs in here…but it’s a HOT MESS…Mid-day sun on Mercury hot mess.
I’m expecting to spend at least a week or two in here organizing, cleaning, decluttering, trashing, donating. Not necessarily in that order.
I started today, Tuesday, on this mess so I can get ahead of the game a little since I’ll be gone 2 days during this cycle and have my 6 month old grandson for 4 or 5 days while his daddy has back surgery and his mommy (my daughter) will be at the hospital alot.
Best wishes everyone!!! We can do this!!
I think “Mid-day sun on Mercury hot mess” may be my new favorite saying!! I think my whole house to qualify for that, sadly. I hope the challenge went well fro you!
I have a schedule i am going to follow and starting with the master closet….I cannot wait!
Storage closet in the basement! It’s really weighing me down…
My storage area completely weighs me down too. I’m at the point where I should probably just hire someone to empty it for me. I would’ve even know 5% of what was missing! :/
I am starting with the attic—huge mess with many boxes
You’ve got this!!
I’m going to start with my Master Bath -A.K.A. the room everything from out of season clothes to christmas wrapping supplies and small bits of furniture-call home.
I did a general sweep of our house and got 3 garbage bags which i immediately took to our local donation centre. This afternoon i started in the spare bedroom and my sewing room and got 6 more for yard sale and donating and garbage. having fun!!!!!
Great job!! You’re on a roll!
Brenda or SWMBT on Instagram
We just got back from a wedding, and I am in full swing. I will post pics on my Instagram and try to link with the hashtag. In the 2 days since we got back I have amassed 2 bags of tops from my closet, and sorting 4 boxes of old magazines – halfway through and only 2 pages torn out – I must be learning. and I have down an easy sort though the kitchen closets for stuff not used. I can also see a bunch of stuff in the garage that can go, but it needs to warm up a bit to work out there. We are in Canada and it is about mines 10 F in our area now. COLD.
You’re off to a great start!!