Ash Wednesday on February 22 marked the beginning of Lent. What are you giving up? Instead of chocolate or coffee or Facebook, I’m giving up a bag of belongings each day.
Take the “40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge” with me this year. Each day you fill the Household Bag with stuff you no longer need or use, then empty it into a larger box for collection. Keep the Household Bag empty and out in the open to remind yourself to fill it again the next day.
At the end of 40 days, sort your plunder. Recycle, donate, sell, and toss, but keep nothing. Be ruthless and say good-bye.
In 2012, I’m confronting the “scary room” in the basement — that closed-off storage section that looks like “Hoarders.” After that, I’ll clean up the garage, one bag at a time. No space is safe in the house either. I’m going through it all.
If you do this for 40 days, you’ll feel like a heavy burden’s been lifted from your life.
This is my third year of the “40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.” Here’s a picture of me in 2010 waiting for the Big Sisters van to haul away the results. I still remember how liberating it felt.
Yoga master Erich Schiffmann says “Love is what’s left when we let go of everything we don’t need.” What are you holding onto that no longer serves you? It’s time to get rid of it.
This year I asked my friend Jackie of Pond House Productions to print a reusable shopping bag for the 40 Day Challenge. At 12″ wide, 14″ tall, and 8″ deep, it’s the perfect size to fill each day, and the subtle reminder won’t be overlooked.
Order your own Household Bag here for $3.99.
Join the challenge and let’s get started! Connect on Facebook and let me know how it’s going.
PS: If you’re making excuses because Lent has already begun, remember that Sundays in Lent don’t count towards the 40 days. Easter’s on April 8 so you still have plenty of time, and you can always fill two bags a day to catch up.
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