40 Bags in 40 Days

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What in your life needs to be weeded out? How would your life be different if you let go of a good portion of your possessions?

North and Southampton Reformed Church logoSince Lent is a time to ‘clean house’ spiritually, the Pastors of North and Southampton Reformed Church posed these questions, and then challenged their congregants to ‘clean house’ literally, by de-cluttering, simplifying, and ridding their homes of unneeded clothing, shoes, books, electronics, furniture and other gently-used household items. The church has chosen Impact Thrift to be the beneficiary of the donated items, urging their congregants to not only donate, but to also pray for the people who will eventually receive the items, to put them to good use and be blessed by it.

According to Rev. Leah Dunlap-Ennis,We chose Impact Thrift because of its strong mission of providing good jobs, low cost goods, and giving back to the community. The 40 Bags in 40 Days initiative between North and Southampton Reformed Church and Impact is the perfect illustration of the community coming together for positive change.

WHAT IS 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS?

A forty day period, coinciding with the 40 days of Lent, where you focus on cleaning one area of your home per day. You challenge yourself to de-clutter and get rid of things that no longer fit your lifestyle. Although, the goal is one bag per day you can choose to do more or less.

The official challenge is Wed., February 18th through Sat., April 4th

HOW to START?

Choose an area of your home to work on each day. Look for places to de-clutter and downsize, such as closets…kitchen cupboards…book shelves…jewelry armoires…living room, bedroom, and office spaces… even furniture items.

Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to accomplish too much in one day. After all it didn’t accumulate in one day, right? So, pick one small area to purge, and then celebrate small daily victories. Before you know it, 40 days will have passed and you will be clutter free with a sense of accomplishment… and peace of mind.

WHAT KIND OF BAGS TO USE?

Pick a bag of any kind! For the brave-hearted, a contractor-sized bag will suit you just fine. For others who want to tackle a little less at a time, go for grocery bags.  Some people consider a furniture item as a “bag”.  If you use boxes, count those too! On the 40th day, you may end up with exactly 40 bags, or if you’re like me, you might end up with 77 ½ bags… plus a sofa, a bike and a dog crate :). Don’t solely focus on the amount of bags. Let your inspiration come from the knowledge that by getting rid of unwanted “things”, you will be bringing tranquility and purpose to your home. After all, the best things in life are not things…

Inspired?

If you decide to have your own 40 Bags in 40 Days De-Clutter Challenge, please post pics of your progress. We’d love to see how well you’re doing and inspire you to stay motivated! Impact Thrift would love to receive those items and turn them into funds for locally-based charities.

Click here to learn more about North and Southampton Reformed Church.

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~ Tamika Miller

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