Thursday, February 14, 2013

40 Bags/40 Days Challenge

One of my FAVORITE blogs...perhaps the first blog I ever really started following...was Clover Lane. To say that Sarah is amazing is an understatement. She is raising 6 beautiful children, keeping the cleanest, most organized home I have ever seen, and still manages to find time to blog and share fabulous recipes and advice. 

I. Love. Her. 

Sarah is all about simplicity and when she started the 40 Bags/40 Days challenge a few years ago...I was hooked. What a FABULOUS thing to do for Lent. While everyone else was giving up pop, candy, online shopping, whatever...I decided to follow Sarah's plan and give up "stuff." Stuff I don't need, stuff that could help someone else in need, stuff that takes up space in my home, stuff that should be in a landfill, etc. Last year was by far my most successful year and I learned about several AMAZING local charities that I plan to give to again this year.

So last week, I sat down with my planner and started this year's 40 Bags/40 Days Challenge. I am now on a first name basis with the woman who collects for AmVets in our area and I have been on their monthly rotation for pick-up. I do whatever I can to at least get one bag of donations for them each month and so far, it hasn't been hard to collect that. Remember...I am a recovering hoarder :-)

I am happy to say, though, that this year's challenge is going to be a little bit harder because of this monthly donation. I have tried to be so much more diligent about getting rid of things we don't need that coming up with 40 BAGS may be a little difficult. But I am certainly going to try, especially since we are now officially done growing our family. LOTS of baby stuff to part with.

So here is my little list with 2 bags already in the books.

Although we are planning a garage sale this Spring and there's a good chance I will add a Blog Sale into the mix too, I am also working really hard to collect for different charities.

Once again, I want to send many of my dress clothes to Dress for Success.

All of our retired shoes will be going to Share Your Souls again because they have many convenient drop-off locations (which is great because shipping donations can cost big $$).

And a new organization I've recently found is the National Cristina Foundation which,

"promotes the reuse of technology  to enable people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons to be given the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives."

If you visit their website and type in your zip code, they will find you multiple locations in your area looking for all kinds of used electronics from computers and printers, to answering machines and cell phones. We have SO MANY old gadgets in our home that need to find a new place to live. Some will obviously just need to be recycled, but others are still in great working condition and could really help someone in need.

So those are the charities I hope to work with again this year, along with AmVets. I am on a constant mission to simplify and organize our home and hopefully by Easter, I will be another 40 bags closer :-)


  1. That's how I feel about your blog, Jen!! :)

  2. I'm doing this too! Actually as I sit here and read blogs, I SHOULD be working on my room of the day...
    Thanks for the heads up about the two organizations - I'll definitely use both soon! Good luck to you!


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