40 Bags in 40 Days: The First Five Bags

As I explained on Ash Wednesday, I’m working on ridding our house of 40 bags (varied contents) this Lenten Season. My plan is to post every so often on how the project is coming along.

Bag #1: MaM and I went through the her dress up drawers and a box in her room, and came up with a few things to pass on to younger kids. We also decided to retire a ripped poster, and a shedding feather boa.

Bag #2: I attacked a cabinet in the living room that had become catch-all for random papers, kids art work and the like. I filled a gift bag full of papers to be recycled, and tossed a few things in the trash.

Bag #3: I attacked the kitchen, focusing in on the travel mugs, water bottles and kids cups. I filled a shopping bag with “extras” we never used.

Bag #4: Technically, BgK made the pile, but I’m the one who put the old clothes in the shopping bag and brought them to church today, along with bag #3.

Bag #5: After doing laundry, I went through all of our towels. Ten years of marriage and two children later, we have a lot of them from random things. We can only keep so many for puke patrol/rags, etc. The rest are going to Goodwill.

Interesting development: I am finding it super easy to do this one bag at a time. I’m not seeing a huge difference in how our living space looks yet, but I am confident it will come. And the lack of cussing when I open the kitchen cabinet that was purged in the filling of bag #3 is a noticeable improvement!

Next up: I really do need to tackle that closet full of toys the children have long forgotten.

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