It’s almost March and I am SO EXCITED! Do you want to know why? It’s White House Black Shutter’s 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. WOOHOO! Have you ever heard of this challenge? This challenge has been going down for quite a few years now, and I did it a few years back before I moved. It’s coincides with Lent and is a really great way to get rid of the things that may be a distraction or a bog down on your life. It’s awesome, so be sure to click the link above to see all the details.
In January, I did The Minimalist’s 30 day purging challenge and let me tell you, it was life changing. It made me open my eyes to all the unnecessary things that my family had. So many toys, so many clothes, kitchen stuff, etc.. all of it was just taking over! So, I committed for 30 days to remove a number of items from the home that coincides with the day of the month. For example, on day one, I would remove ONE (or sometimes more) item from the house. Day 30 would be 30 (or more) items. Get the picture?
I know that may seem overwhelming to you, but it can be done. It can be something simple as one paper clip or one tooth pick. It totally counts! The whole point of it is to get comfortable with the idea of removing things out of your home and life that don’t spark joy. That don’t have real purpose for you or your family. It can be a challenge, but it can be done, and it is so freeing!
One last thing I want to say about the challenge I did in February is this– all the things I removed from my home– all the gently used clothes and toys we no longer needed– my husband took them to a local battered women’s shelter and they were thrilled to have the donation for their non-profit ministry. Do you know how full my heart feels to be able to help others in need? All of the things just sitting in my home is now being used to bless someone else. That has given me a great motivation to keep going.
Once I minimize to the point that I will be most happy with the things I have, I in turn will be able to focus on giving my time, energy, prayers and money to those who need it. I have felt the weight of having too much stuff, and it’s oppressive. Getting rid of stuff has also helped me to see how much I was spending on useless stuff. When I shop now, I can shop with purpose and I ask myself, “Do I really need this?” Most of the time it is no. I am content and happy with what I have, with who I am around and with how I much time I have to focus on the things that really matter. People and Jesus.
So, if you’re interested in doing the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge, drop me a note below or on any of my social media! Let’s do this together! And– if you are overwhelmed and don’t think you can commit to a bag a day, maybe do The Minimalist’s challenge, where you are only doing an item or a few items a day instead.
There is freedom in freeing our lives from stuff. Join me in that freedom!