So you may not know but I’m Catholic. And for Catholics (and perhaps other Christian churches – sorry for my ignorance!!) today is the beginning of Lent. 40 days of preparation for Easter. Typically people try to give up something for Lent; make a sacrifice for 40 days as an acknowledgement of Christ’s sacrifice for us. I’ve got to admit…giving things up is never my first choice. I don’t feel like I allow myself too many pleasures…though I’m sure I do. I personally have always felt more inclined to DO something rather than give up something. Both are great ideas, I think that it depends on what feels like more of a gift to you. To me, giving my time and doing things is a better reminder of what Lent is about than giving up a treat here or there.
Last year I remember hearing about 40 bags in 40 days. And trust me when I say that this is something EVERYONE can participate in. It was started to coincide with those celebrating Lent, but has become something that speaks to many people. It is about simplifying and decluttering. Letting go of the excess and giving life a fresh start.
Check out the link above for more details on this and how you might participate even a little in your own life. I’m personally going to make it a goal to tackle something new every day. Even 15 minutes to clean or tidy goes a long way when you do that for 40 days! And you will begin spring with a fresh decluttered mind.
I know that personally I could probably spend all 40 days just in my sewing room. You think I’m kidding. I’m not. And my sewing room is organized. But there is excess and there are things to let go of.
- I’ve started already with a major tossing of tiny toys and junk that seem to mysteriously appear in my 5 year old daughter’s toy box. She’s a great purger so it really helps. She knows what she is done with.
- We’ve also gone through her bathtub toys and tossed the gross ones that probably had mold growing in them and moved some new toys into that bucket.
- I’m not counting them as my forty days but we recently did a MAJOR purge on her wardrobe and I made her try on EVERYTHING to see what fit and what she actually wore. And guess what? She’s now wearing more than the one outfit she insisted on wearing every day. She LOVES that everything is something she loves. *I desperately need to do that for myself but feel like I need help*
- We went through the game closet and organized all of that. Had bags of things to get rid of!
- We went through her crafts and reorganized so it was more accessible for her. She now has access to her scissors (God help us! So far only one incident of doll cutting hair!).
There are cyber cleanups to do and shoes and bathrooms and cleaning supplies and oh so many things. But remember…one day at a time and one little idea at a time. I’m not in a rush. I have 40 days.
Has anyone else done this? Any tips?