40 bags in 40 days, final update!


Thank you to those who followed along with my 40 Bags in 40 Days decluttering challenge from White House Black Shutters.

The last date scheduled on my list was April 4th. I took a couple extra days to finish it up because I was feeling a little exhausted but I’m finally done!

With my last few days I cleaned out all the junk in my truck and deleted about a billion emails from my 5 email accounts.

I also reorganized our desks and purged some office supplies that we never use, were broken, have been updated, etc.

I did quite a bit of work on some meal planning and prepping to make freezer meals in a couple weeks. (If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!) Trying to get things ready and simple for when the little man gets here so all I have to do is heat and eat!

Some fun mail came last week in the form of a fancy new planner from Plum Paper Designs on Etsy so I basically got my entire life reorganized. I’ll be posting about this amazing planner later on this week.

I did a big purge on my fridge and freezer, got rid of any and all expired salad dressings, condiments, etc. I went back through my junk drawer and basket on the counter where stuff seems to accumulate. I’ve done a decent job of keeping that organized so that task was a breeze.

Finally I straightened up my closest that’s under the stairs (again) and made it so I could store some baby items in there that he won’t need until he’s older.

This challenge was a decent success! I know I could have stayed on top of things a little bit better and stuck to my schedule more strictly. Regardless of my motivational deficiencies, after 40 days I can definitely tell a difference in my house. I would estimate that I purged at least 15 full trash bags of stuff, between items to donate and junk that needed to be thrown out!

This gives me a head start on my upcoming move this summer, as well as make room for our new addition and all of his goodies!

How’d you do with your challenge? Share in the comments below! I’ll definitely be doing this again next spring. Now off to find a new challenge!


2 thoughts on “40 bags in 40 days, final update!

  1. This is really great, Kayla! I’m really impessed with how much you did and I don’t think you should have one worry about the timeline. It is a challenge, so the day-to-day tasks are meant to not be easy, but I think of it as a guideline. There are those who need a super intense challenge to get anything done and then there are people like you who can get it done without that factor. I think you were close enough. I’d mark that off as a complete success!
    You said you’ll do it again next year, do you think you’ll have less stuff or more to clean out? I would say less, since you’re likely going to be more aware of buildups and be consistantly preemptive about it, but then you’re also having your first child (YAY!)… So, that may mean you have even more to clean out… What do you expect?


    • Thanks C!

      I’m not sure exactly. I think yes I’ll be less likely to have quite as much clutter. And since we’ll be moving in a few months I’ll end up purging more and more as we go. But having a new baby, we will have accumulated a ton of things he’s grown out of physically and mentally so we’ll be adjusting to those changes. So I guess it’s really hard for me to say. I hope that I’ll be mindful of this and pack away and organizing things as he grows. However I’m sure he will keep me busy…so I’ll just have to wait and see how little man and I operate!


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