Sunday, March 13, 2011

40 Bags in 40 Days

Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a shameless clutterbug. Shelves are filled to the max, piles of paper and books accumulate on the kitchen counter, and the dining room table has become a home for what my husband calls 'craft creep' -- craft supplies and half finished projects that have migrated from my overstuffed craft room in the basement to roost on the dining room table. And the sideboard. And possibly a little on the floor by the china cabinet.

Dreaded 'craft creep' on dining room table -- thankfully, most of the house is NOT like this! There are, however, some problem areas that need to be addressed.

So when I saw this White House, Black Shutters '40 Bags in 40 Days' Lenten challenge to declutter and simplify, it spoke to me. I have no idea if I can let go of 40 bags, but so far, I've sorted and bagged up some of the boys' outgrown clothes, tossed a giant (worn & torn) sofa slipcover, tossed broken toys, and recycled a bunch of paper. Paper is a toughie for me. The Canadian Diabetes Association is coming by on March 17th to collect my donations.

Next up on the bagging block is getting rid of a bunch of stuff that has collected in my car...single mittens, the boys' hats and sandals from last summer, and probably the equivalent of a whole bag of dropped goldfish crackers hiding under the toddler seats and on the know, under the sandals (=

Bags cleared to date: 5
Remaining: 35


  1. What size of bag are we talking 'bout? lol

    Good for you! I constantly purge. If I don't love it or it hasn't been used in a long time, it's gone.

    Keep at it!

  2. Oh yes ... the beauty of Spring Cleaning! I have a a box full of clothes to donate in our room and PILES in the kiddo's room! It can be so overwhelming!

    Oh my goodness ... I love your knitted cowls! Congrats on your feature too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my Kitchen Command Center. I'm glad it made you smile too! :o)

  3. Tanya, I hoped over from Carolyn's blog and thought I would see what other types of things that you are interested in. You are soo diversified! LoL... I read your post about hiding veggies in other foods so that the family (all right let's be honest here, the kids) won't think that they are eating healthy. My daughter makes smoothies... and adds spinach! They are soo used to them now... if they see her put it in... it's no big deal! Her oldest is 5 1/2! Although, to be honest... her hubby is also one of the picky ones... or used to be!
    I totally understand about hanging onto every little thing craft wise. Best thing to do is to look at stuff and (especially craft/sewing stuff) box things up that maybe you haven't used in say a years time and seal it shut. Then look again in a year (make sure and date it/them) and toss it to a place like Good Will or some other organization that will use/sell them or find a friend that will use it in her crafting. It sure
    helps to know that someone else will get some use out of things that are just taking up room at your house! Oops... guess I've been here for a while.... your reply to my last comment just came thru my e-mail. Hope to read you again soon! Jean