Lent Declutter Challenge | 40 Bags in 40 Days

Lent Declutter Challenge | 40 Bags in 40 Days

It is officially Lent and I have officially not given anything up, BUT, I have taken on a new challenge to declutter my house.

Thanks to a co-worker I found the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge from White House Black Shutters. Since I can never turn down a challenge and we are in the process of decluttering our house in order to sell it, I thought this would be the perfect thing to take on during the Lenten season.

So the general gist is that you pick 40 areas of your house to declutter and organize over the period of 40 days. You throw away or donate the old, the broken, and the unused. I decided to document my progress throughout the 40 days to help keep my motivated and accountable.

Day 1) I decided to take on a plastic bin that has been sitting in my living room for the past couple of months collecting random items. In twenty minutes I was able to divide the items into trash or donations and it is no longer an eyesore in my living room!

Day 2) My husband and I have WAY too many DVD’s. With streaming services, we haven’t touched them in months but we love looking at them on our shelves. We started with the living room and went through all the ones we haven’t touched in years and donated them.

Day 3) Onto or books! This is the hard one. We are bibliophiles and have a hard time detaching ourselves from our books even if we hated them. I only chose seven to get rid of off the living room shelves but that is room for seven new books!

Day 4) Closet #1 of two in our house. Yes, you heard me correctly. We only have two closets in our house, it’s a friggin’ nightmare. I organized and got rid of coats, old luggage/bags, shoes, and old bedding.

Day 5) Upper Kitchen Cabinets. All the old, plastic dishware that was donated to us when we moved in was donated to the local Salvation Army. We received new dishes for our wedding so there is no need to keep the old ones when someone else could benefit from them.

Day 6) DVD shelves in the bedroom. Like I said, way too many DVD’s. We were able to get rid of another box.

Day 7) Under the kitchen sink. I am not sure whey this particular area gave me so much satisfaction to clean but It felt SO good opening those doors and seeing everything clean and organized.

Day 8) Bottom kitchen cabinets. No more unused pots and pans collecting dust under my counters!

Day 9) Shoe storage. Although we are a rare household and don’t have that many collective pairs of shoes, I was still able to get rid of a few pairs.

Day 10) Bathroom cabinet. Goodbye expired beauty products and empty medicine bottles that somehow got put back in there…


Keep checking back here for more progress. I would love to know if you are doing the challenge as well and how you are doing. Comment below!


  • Juliane

    March 11, 2017 at 6:10 am Reply

    Hubby and I need to take on this challenge! I am not sure if we have enough to fill 40 bags, but we do have a lot of clothes sitting in our closet that neither of us wear anymore. Maybe I should take on this challenge 😉 – love the blog, by the way! xx Juliane

    • WayfarerWife

      March 13, 2017 at 2:41 am Reply

      Surprisingly we have had enough to fill a bag every day! Who knew we had so much stuff laying around that we didn’t need…
      Let me know how it goes 🙂

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