Tuesday, March 8, 2011

40 Bags in 40 Days

My house is interfering with the things I want to do with my life.  It's holding me back.  It's just in the way.   

Clutter is like that.  Even when I push it out of the way--I still know it's there (hiding) and it holds me back. I think "I can't pull out the fabric to work on Owen's quilt because I really should clean off the craft desk."  "I can't make Valentine's sugar cookies with the boys because I should clear the clutter out of the kitchen."  "I should spend some floor time playing with the baby--but there's so much junk in the toy room."  "I'd like to read a book--but there's laundry overflowing the hampers in the bathroom." 

When we moved into this house (almost exactly four years ago) I thought that "finally" I was in a house big enough for our needs.  I recognized that it was actually even bigger than our needs--thankfully so, since we've added two more family members since that day--and that if all our "stuff" couldn't fit comfortably into this house that would mean we had too much stuff.

Even two kids later I stand by what I said.  Our house is just over 1,000 square feet.  3 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining area/center of the house room, and a laundry room.  We even have a basement which is good for a little bit of storage, moldy as it is.  But that is a decent amount of space for a starter home--much larger than the New York City apartments that those hip and stylish bloggers live in all cute-ly with their kids--so yeah--it's enough to work with. 

We don't "do Lent" but last year I was really intrigued by the 40 bags in 40 days challenge that I saw go around last year during lent.  Clutter and excess junk being the vice women tried to give up for Lent.  I talked over doing it with my sister, and each of us did get rid of some bags--but it's always easy to get rid of a few bags of junk.  It get's intense trying to get rid of a bit more.  I need it though.  I need something intense, and I need it to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attractive, Realistic, and Time-framed.  This goal fills each category.  Having a time frame, and in this case a pretty short one, is good so that I get started right away and don't waste time.  And then when it's over it's over no matter what the outcome.

Lent begins tomorrow (Wednesday) and technically lasts for 46 days this year.  I really hope they'll be productive for me and my house.  I have a few things that I'd already started working on here recently, but since the bags aren't gone yet I'm still counting them--the whole point is to get rid of the bags so they no longer take up space. 

And hopefully when I am all done my whole house will look like this staged picture I took to show my mom and my sister my new wall photo collage.

Aaah, clean!

Come back tomorrow and I will be discussing my plan to clear out the toy room--but don't worry I don't plan on blogging about the cleaning for 40 straight days, I'm pretty sure that would interfere with the whole point of the goal.

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