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40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge – Week 4

It’s week 4 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge and I’m so glad you are joining me!

First let me say that I know it’s not easy to do a Challenge like this, so give yourself a huge pat on the back! Second, I also know that it’s easy to give up and I want to encourage you to keep pushing yourself.  Your hard work will pay off! You just have to keep on keeping on!

40 Bags in 40 Days

I hope you’ll find the tips, resources and ideas listed below helpful as you work to get the unwanted items out of your home and life.  Just remember, anything you hope for, you need to be prepared to work for!

WELCOME TO WEEK #4 OF THE 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS CHALLENGE!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge is a weekly link up for bloggers to share their posts on spring cleaning, organization, and decluttering. If you’re a blogger, we would love for you to participate! If you don’t blog, you can still check out the featured posts and new posts below.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge runs each week, starting at 8am eastern time, and the link party stays open for new posts through Thursday so you have plenty of time to post. After that you will still be able to see all of the posts that have been linked. The party is open to bloggers from all over the world – though I can only read English.

YOUR HOSTS

The bloggers bringing you the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge:

Aileen from Aileen Cooks | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Liana from By George Organizing | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Stephanie from Happily Homegrown | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

THE RULES

  1. Everyone is welcome to link up to 2 family friendly posts on cleaning, decluttering, or organization each week. We reserve the right to delete any posts we don’t believe to be “family friendly.”
  2. Please Follow your Hosts!
  3. Be a Good Party Goer and visit at least 3 other posts and don’t forget to comment!
  4. By linking to this party you are giving Aileen Cooks, By George Organizing, and Happily Homegrown permission to feature one picture on our websites, social media, and blogs. Proper credit will always be given to you. We are not responsible for stolen and/or misused images, misused projects and ideas.
  5. By participating in the link party, you give permission to receive a weekly email inviting you to the #40Bags40Days link party.
  6. We will be sharing the featured posts on social media and pinning a pin from the original article on 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge board and in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge Facebook community. Don’t forget to follow along!

JOIN US! SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE LINKS TO ENTER!



40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge – Week 2

We are continuing our 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge this week.  Are you up for the Challenge??

40 Bags in 40 Days

If you’re new to the Challenge – welcome! I hope you’ll join us on a journey to remove 40 bags of items that you no longer need, use or want from you home by Easter.

If you’re back for week 2, I hope you’re finding the information shared by the organizing bloggers helpful in filling up your bags and welcoming Spring into your home!

I know that it is not an easy process and I’m so proud of you for taking on the Challenge! Keep up the good work 🙂

I’d love to know how you’re doing towards your goal of 40 Bags in 40 Days – leave me a comment and tell me how many bags you’ve filled up and how you’re feeling 🙂 I love hearing from you!

WELCOME TO WEEK #2 OF THE 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS CHALLENGE!

 

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge is a weekly link up for bloggers to share their posts on spring cleaning, organization, and decluttering. If you’re a blogger, we would love for you to participate! If you don’t blog, you can still check out the featured posts and new posts below.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge runs each week, starting at 8am eastern time, and the link party stays open for new posts through Thursday so you have plenty of time to post. After that you will still be able to see all of the posts that have been linked. The party is open to bloggers from all over the world – though I can only read English.

YOUR HOSTS

Your Co-Hosts for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge!

The bloggers bringing you the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge:

Aileen from Aileen Cooks | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Liana from By George Organizing | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Stephanie from Happily Homegrown | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Kaitlin from The Simply Organized Home | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

THE RULES

  1. Everyone is welcome to link up to 2 family friendly posts on cleaning, decluttering, or organization each week. We reserve the right to delete any posts we don’t believe to be “family friendly.”
  2. Please Follow your Hosts!
  3. Be a Good Party Goer and visit at least 3 other posts and don’t forget to comment!
  4. By linking to this party you are giving Aileen Cooks, By George Organizing, Happily Homegrown, and The Simply Organized Home permission to feature one picture on our websites, social media, and blogs. Proper credit will always be given to you. We are not responsible for stolen and/or misused images, misused projects and ideas.
  5. By participating in the link party, you give permission to receive a weekly email inviting you to the #40Bags40Days link party.
  6. We will be sharing the featured posts on social media and pinning a pin from the original article on 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge board and in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge Facebook community. Don’t forget to follow along!

JOIN US! SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE LINKS TO ENTER!



40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge – Week 1

I love a good challenge, especially one that helps you get the clutter gone for good!

That’s why I’m excited to share with you the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.  I’ve teamed up with 3 other wonderful bloggers (see them below) to help you remove 40 bags of clutter from your home in 40 Days.  It’s our goal to guide, encourage, and provide you with the best tips and ideas that will allow you to get rid of the items you no longer love, need, use or want.

There are so many reasons to participate in this Challenge:

  • There’s a definite beginning and end to it so you have a set timeframe to work within.
  • I find 40 to be a significant spiritual number and there’s something so cathartic when you remove the unnecessary from your life – it can be a spiritual experience!
  • You’re not alone! I’ll be joining you, as will many others.
  • If you’ve struggled to declutter before and haven’t made the time or had the motivation, a short-term challenge like this can be just want you need to jumpstart your organizing efforts.

I hope you’ll consider joining me – either as a blogger or as a participant – to edit the clutter out of your home and spaces so you can live a life surrounded by what you truly love.

40 Bags in 40 Days

Welcome to the first week of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge is a weekly link up for bloggers to share their posts on spring cleaning, organization, and decluttering. If you’re a blogger, we would love for you to participate! If you don’t blog, you can still check out the featured posts and new posts below.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge runs each week, starting at 8am eastern time, and the link party stays open for new posts through Thursday so you have plenty of time to post. After that you will still be able to see all of the posts that have been linked. The party is open to bloggers from all over the world – though I can only read English.

YOUR HOSTS

Your Co-Hosts for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge!

The bloggers bringing you the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge:

Aileen from Aileen Cooks | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Liana from By George Organizing | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Stephanie from Happily Homegrown | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Kaitlin from The Simply Organized Home | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

THE RULES

  1. Everyone is welcome to link up to 2 family friendly posts on cleaning, decluttering, or organization each week. We reserve the right to delete any posts we don’t believe to be “family friendly.”
  2. Please Follow your Hosts!
  3. Be a Good Party Goer and visit at least 3 other posts and don’t forget to comment!
  4. By linking to this party you are giving Aileen Cooks, By George Organizing, Happily Homegrown, and The Simply Organized Home permission to feature one picture on our websites, social media, and blogs. Proper credit will always be given to you. We are not responsible for stolen and/or misused images, misused projects and ideas.
  5. By participating in the link party, you give permission to receive a weekly email inviting you to the #40Bags40Days link party.
  6. We will be sharing the featured posts on social media and pinning a pin from the original article on 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge board and in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge Facebook community. Don’t forget to follow along!

JOIN US! SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE LINKS TO ENTER!



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Ask the Organizer: Do I Trash, Donate or Sell?

Ask the organizer

As an organizer, I’m asked a lot of questions:

What’s your favorite place to shop? The Container Store, of course!

Is your house perfectly organized? No, and here’s proof.

What’s your best organizing tip? Take advantage of vertical space.

Can you organize my spouse?  Oh, if I had a dime….but no, sorry! However, I can offer you some helpful tips!

I love it when people ask me questions because by nature, I’m a curious person as well.  I want to know the why and how for just about everything!  It drives my family crazy, but I just can’t help it.

Ask the Organizer!

That’s why I’ve decided to start something new I’m calling “Ask the Organizer!” Once a month I will choose one question from my newsletter readers and answer their most challenging and curious organizing questions (not on my newsletter list? Join here!)

 

Like this one I received from Amy S. –

“Liana,  I’ve had a storage unit for the past 4 years and recently decided that it wasn’t worth the money to keep it.  I’m overwhelmed by all the stuff I have in there and not sure what exactly to do with it.  How do I know what to trash, what to donate and what to sell?”

Great question, Amy!  First let me applaud you for getting rid of your storage unit – wise decision!  Without seeing each individual item, it’s hard for me to say exactly what you should do.  However, there are some general “guidelines” you can use to help you in the decision-making process:

Trash the items if …

  • they’re in such bad condition no one could possibly use them.
  • they can’t be recycled.
  • they’re items not accepted by donation centers.
Donate items if …
  • they are in good, working condition.  Most centers will take furniture, electronics, dishes, clothes, shoes, home decor, blankets, exercise and sports equipment, and much, much more!  Goodwill, Salvation Army, Women’s Shelters, and Veteran Services are just a few places to take these types of items. Click here to discover a few other items and places you can donate to that you might not have considered.
  • they are items you won’t likely use again, don’t need, or simply don’t want. Not sure? Use these questions to help you decide.
  • you don’t have the time or energy to sell them (think garage sale).  Just make sure you take the items to your car right away so you can drop them off when you are running errands.  Otherwise they will stay in your house and only cause you more frustration!
  • you feel that you couldn’t get back the value of what you paid for it.  You may have purchased that shirt for $40, but if you only get $.25 or $1.00 at a garage sale, is it worth your time and effort?
  • you just want to bless and help others!
Sell items if …
  • they are in good, working condition.
  • they are items that you know are going to sell easily.  Appliances, clothes and classic items (think Atari games) might sell, but Beanie Babies probably won’t.
  • you have the time and energy to deal with the selling process (either a garage sale or online selling such as VarageSale, eBay, Craig’s list) or consignment shops.  There are also a few other options you can try selling to here.
  • you truly believe you can get back the value of what you originally paid.
I hope that helps a little, Amy!  It may take some time to sort through 4 years of stuff, but you’ll get there 🙂

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