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!


40 bags in 40 days, Week 3 Update


Not a whole lot to update since I was gone almost the entire week.

My task for yesterday was to clean up/straighten the nursery, which I did, so that was my highlight.

Today I’ll be getting my life reorganized – things always seem so hectic after a trip! And then I’ll be able to go full force on with my challenge.

A much better update will be coming soon!


40 bags in 40 days Challenge, Week 2 Update


So Week 2 of my 40 bags in 40 days Challenge has pretty much been a disaster, I’m not going to lie. I started off strong, finishing my Thursday and Friday tasks with ease. Then I fizzled out and skipped Saturday – Monday. Part of this was due to a power outage Saturday but the majority was to my lack of motivation and my desire for napping. I’m a napping champion.

So Tuesday was my catch up day, plus Tuesday’s task, leaving me with four tasks to try and accomplish. Luckily two of my tasks were super easy and I had just done them about two months ago, so I just went through and made sure I didn’t miss anything and re-straightened a few things.

That left me with the laundry room my, biggest task of the week. During this challenge I try and deep clean the area while also doing my decluttering.

My laundry room is mostly just unorganized and needs a good scrubbing. But I can’t really reach or get to most things with the whole belly in the way. So this will definitely need another good cleaning in a couple of months. I got a portion of it done yesterday in moving a few things around. With all the new things I’m storing in there (cleaning and washing products for baby clothes and diapers) it mainly needs some reorganizing.

Yesterday I sprayed for ants, swept and straightened up Athena’s litter box supplies. My laundry room doubles as a litter box and kitty food dish room. Today I’ll finish the laundry room by reorganizing the products I store there and the tops of my washer and dryer which have random stuff all over them. So finishing the laundry room is on today’s list.

Also on the list for today (and I already did it!) was cleaning out my purse. I got it all nice and cleaned out, receipts thrown out or organized and tossed some long dead and empty Chapstick containers.

Today’s task is to clean under by bathroom sink in the downstairs half bath. There shouldn’t be much to purge in there since it’s mostly Bath & Body Works supplies that I’m hoarding. But it could definitely use a quick re-straightening.

Next week is simple since I only have a couple tasks since I will be out of town for most of it, I only scheduled three tasks for next week.

Hopefully once I get back from my trip I’ll do much better than I did this week!

How goes your challenge? Are you sailing through it? Having any difficulties?

Check out my original post and first update on the challenge.

Share below and have a great Wednesday!


New Challenge!

So a few months back I did some challenges, a 30 day push up and a 30 day squat challenge. (If anyone knows of a good exercise challenge during pregnancy, let me know!)

So as of today I am starting a new challenge, the 40 Bags in 40 Days. This challenge is to declutter one area of your home each day over a 40 day period.

If you follow the link I provided you can get a free printable schedule (it starts today!) and ideas of areas to declutter. I’m working on filling my schedule out now.

It gives you Sunday’s off but I will be personalizing mine a little more and keeping the Sundays since I will be out of town for a few days in the middle. Sunday’s will be my “make up” day for the days that I would be missing.

I will be starting with a few things in my kitchen, like junk drawer, pantries, etc.

So sound off below if you’ll be joining me in my 40 days of decluttering challenge! Or if you’re doing another challenge, what is it? How’s it going?

Edited 2/25/15: My first update is posted, check it out here

3/4/15: Second update.