40 Bags in 40 Days: The Challenge

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40 Bags in 40 Days

So, what is the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge? Well, I’m not sure where I first heard of it – and I’m not the originator of the idea – but I thought it would be a great way to start the new year off {or any time if you’re reading this later in the year} by getting rid of excess stuff that’s taking up valuable space in my home. And if I’m going to do a challenge, why not invite all of my favorite people to do it with me?


How It Works

So, the challenge is simple. Buy a box of big, black trash bags. And fill one up every day for 40 days.

Okay, well, honestly you don’t have to have big, black trash bags. You could use whatever you have around your house – boxes, Wal-Mart bags, etc.

I may not get one bag done every single day. Wednesdays I’m gone from home seriously for 14 – 16 hours every week. So, those days I’m giving myself a break. However, if I’m able to I will do extra bags on another day. I also won’t be doing the challenge on Sabbath.

So, it may take more like 45 days for me to complete the challenge. That’s okay. This is real life. And real life doesn’t always go according to a nice, neat plan. Right?

Questions Answered

What if I don’t have 40 bags worth of stuff to get rid of? Awesome! You are ahead of the game. Get rid of the clutter you do have – in less time!

What do I do with sentimental stuff? I’m glad you asked. I’ve written an entire post about what to do with sentimental stuff that’s hard to let go.

What should I do with the bags of stuff I’m getting rid of? I’ve written a post on 15 Ways to Get Rid of Clutter here.

What hashtag are you using? If you’re on Instagram you can use: #40Bags40Days

If you have more questions, be sure leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer!

Let me know in the comments below if you’re joining me on this challenge!

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  1. I love your website and your podcasts. I wish I could download the entire 45 day series again. It disappeared from my podcast feed. =( I get inspired by your daily lessons.
  2. I want to do the challenge because I just have too much stuff!!! Can't wait to see it all disappear and go to good use :)
  3. Hi I would like to do the challenge. I have a pile already stacked up on my front door. My husband as a lot to get rid off. He just won't do it. He gets too attach to things. Thanks
  4. I'm in! We have moved 13 times in 16 years and there is probably no one on planet Earth who needs this challenge more than I do :) I am going to go do it right now! Thanks
  5. I just stumbled upon your site, through google, while looking for the coloring sheets from last years 40 bag challenge from white house black shutters, just wanted to say hi!