Decluttering Challenge: 40 bags in 40 Days

Have you heard about the 40 Bags in 40 Days decluttering challenge? I wanted to do something different for this Lenten season and found Ann Marie Heasley’s #40bagsin40days challenge. I thought this was a perfect challenge for my family to tackle together.

Shoe Drama

One of the first things I wanted to focus on was my closet. Yes…you heard it right, my closet. I usually clean the kids’ rooms constantly but my closet is the black hole I don’t like to touch and to be honest I don’t want to deal with it. The first section I started with was my shoes and I have A LOT of shoes. Recently, I discovered that of all things my feet have grown from 7.5/8 to 8.5/9. Did you know that your feet can continue to grow as an adult? I didn’t and that made going through my amazing shoe collection hard. I donated 90% of my shoes to charity and my oldest daughter, Raquel.

It was really hard to part with those shoes since I hold so many memories in them. My killer heals that helped me land my job, the leather boots that made me feel I can handle anything and the tennis shoes that I started my health journey with. I didn’t realize how many memories my shoes held for me. Four bags later, I was quite depressed. I don’t consider myself a materialistic person but letting go of my shoes was a humbling experience. My husband gave me a big hug and I realized that I needed to acknowledge my feelings and move forward.

The Endless Closet Shelf

Then, I started on my closet shelf with workout clothes and nightgowns. This shelf was a mess and I didn’t realize I had a 25 yr. old sorority jersey in that pile of clothes. Yes, you heard right a 25-year-old shirt that I did not purge. To clean this section of the closet, it took me a little longer than my shoes. I started with five piles: T-shirts, workout pants, nightgowns, the trash pile, and donation bag. Four more bags were donated or thrown away. As you can see, I was able to organize this part of my closet with cubes for my clothes and my shoes on the racks. It’s a lot cleaner and more streamlined for me to grab what I need.

I still have more of my closet and the rest of the house to do but I was able to declutter my closet significantly for the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. In one weekend, I was able to fill 8 bags out of my 40 bags challenge. This accomplishment was a step in the right direction and I can’t wait to continue on this decluttering challenge in the next several weeks.

What I learned doing this #40bagsin40days challenge:

  • We have a lot of stuff
  • It’s easier to organize the items you have left
  • Learning to let go isn’t easy
  • It’s a humbling experience

If you are interested in learning more about the #40bagsin40days challenge visit Ann Marie’s website or follow her Instagram at @Whitehouseblackshutters. You can also follow my decluttering journey on my Instagram channel.

Denise Wilson
Denise moved to Tampa a couple of years ago and loves it. She’s a proud wife and working Mom of two beautiful teenage daughters and their little dachshund princess, Mollie. She grew up both in Maracaibo, Venezuela and Miami, FL. She loves spending time crafting, baking, Netflix binge watching, getting her nails done and reading romance novels. Professionally, Denise has over 20 years’ experience in corporate communications. She received her B.A. from the University of Central Florida and M.B.A from Rollins College. On the weekends, you’ll see her family at gymnastics meets or her daughter’s choir concerts. You can follow her on Instagram (@girlswanttohave) and Pinterest (@dtwilson8488).