Wednesday, March 9, 2011

40 bags in 40 days

I came across this blog yesterday and loved the idea of
40 bags in 40 days.

I hate clutter and so every opportunity to get rid of
clutter certainly appeals to me.

The challenge started today and first on my list was
my master bathroom closet.

I have been wanting to organize and clean this space
for a long time.  I knew I had lots of clothes that I
no longer wear and it was time for them to go.

We only have 1 master closet so that means hubby and I have to share.
We do pretty well sharing that space but it can get out of control very quickly.

It's also a small space, which doesn't help.

Here is a before picture.  Hubbies clothes are on the top shelf and I
didn't even touch them today.  He gets all bent out of shape
when I toss his things.  Hopefully I can get him to set aside
some time to do it himself.

I figured I could get an idea of what I had and it would
be easier to sort if I removed everything from the closet.

And so, remove everything from the closet I did.
(Except Scott's things, of course)

These are all my purses and shoes. 

It really is deceiving what you truly have when it's all in a confined space.

I piled all of my clothes on the bed. 
This strategy also served as insurance that I would
finish today; I do plan on sleeping in that bed tonight.

I even found a Bunko game.  Brand new, never before been played.

The dice and pencils are even still in the plastic.

Score cards haven't even been written on.

Anybody know how to play Bunko??

Once everything was cleaned out, I vacuumed the carpet and cleaned the baseboards.

Finally, after working on this little project all day.  That's right, all day!!! I ended up with 1 bag of trash and 3 bags of shoes, clothes and purses to give away.  I know I was only required to fill one bag today but I just had so much to get rid of. 

Maybe I'll take the next 2 days off since I did 3 bags today because

The finished closet

I love how the closet looks now; lets hope we can keep it that way.

And here is 1 of my bags of donation items. 

So even though I am exhausted and I probably went overboard by
choosing the master closet on day number 1.  I'm really excited about this
challenge and think it will be very rewarding in the end.

Now that you have seen my newly cleaned closet; here is the logistics.

I heard about this challenge from Ann Marie at white house, black shutters.  The challenge started today and will go for the next 40 days, otherwise knows as Lent.  You are to fill 1 garbage bag with things in your home that you no longer love, use or want.  The whole purpose is to lead a clutter free life.

I'm excited about it and hope you will check out Ann Marie's blog and join us.


  1. Seriously. Awesome. You have so many great bits of insight, I'm glad you're linking up with us. That closet looks great now, way to go!!!

    I'd love it if you linked this post up as well, thanks!

  2. [...] started in on hubby and I’s  master bedroom closet.  I was so excited to have gotten rid of so much stuff.  Clothes that I didn’t wear [...]



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