Tuesday, February 13, 2018

40/40 Challenge

We moved into our new home in December. Although I had every intention of streamlining our belongings before the move, we got involved in repairs and painting and cleaning and holidays and travel, and that decluttering just didn't happen. We packed up and relocated everything to the new house, and every bit of it was unpacked alongside the items that we use and cherish.

Now, it's February, and although the house feels more like home every day, there is still clutter lurking in most corners. I am not talking about trash here; I define clutter as anything that we don't use or love. And there's plenty of that in dresser drawers and on toy shelves and mixed into our school books and (perhaps in the greatest quantities) in totes in the basement. I'm beyond ready to move it out so that we can enjoy the things we DO use and love, without having to wade through all these other items to find them.

One of the most overwhelming areas: a corner of the basement. Sob.



















So... There's no time like Lent, right?

Many Christians of various denominations observe Lent--those weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday--by giving up something as a reminder to pray; popular choices among my friends in recent years seem to include alcohol, social media, and chocolate. This year, I am giving up clutter. And regardless of your belief system, I invite you to join me.

Some of this "clutter" will go straight into the trash, and some will be recycled. But most items--those in good condition--will be shared with friends who would like them or taken to charitable organizations in my community. Which means that while I'm moving something out of my life, and giving myself a little more breathing room, I'm moving it into someone else's. Someone who, I hope, will enjoy it. During the sorting process, I will also be tidying up what's staying, so not only will there be more space, but what remains will be neater, too.

The 2018 Lenten season begins on Wednesday, February 14. I challenge you--as I am challenging myself--to clear some of the clutter from your home. My goal is at least one item per day between now and Easter. My ideal is more like one bag or box full of items per day, but I recognize that that won't be doable every day, and I want to succeed. This will give me 40+ (emphasis on the +) items to share (or recycle or throw out) in the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. 

I can work through many areas during these coming weeks, and since I'm committed to it for a while, there's no need to try to do it all in a day. I'll spend just a few minutes a day on this project. I probably won't finish my task of streamlining my home, but it will give me a great start. I'd love for you to join me and use this time to simplify your surroundings while blessing others along the way.

Who's in?

4 comments:

  1. I had already made up my mind to do one item out of my closet a day that I don't wear. This will be donated to St. Vincet DePaul store when done.

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