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40 Days 40 Boxes

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Although, I do not go to church every week, I like to take Lent on as a personal challenge. Two years ago, I tried to give up swearing. It was a miserable failure. I found out that I swear a lot, as part of my regular vocabulary. I tried to keep track and keep a swear jar, but there were so many infractions that I lost count. So after Easter came I decided on an amount and donated it to charity.

This year, I am going to tackle clutter in my home. I read on-line this woman who decided to to 40 boxes in 40 days. This challenge is for me. My condo is pretty small, so I cannot imagine that I actually have 40 boxes full of stuff, but there is a lot of stuff that I just don't use (and someone else would find great) or things that need a permanent home (rather than underneath the hope chest and covered with a decorative cloth).

I am not the best housekeeper, but I don't live in squalor either. I did finally find a system that works for me. I set my alarm 15 minutes earlier and clean my house for 15 minutes every day and then start my usual morning routine. Things are much more manageable. Also, I found that listening to funny books on tape while I clean is better than the histories or mysteries that I usually listen to.

If this works, it could be my best Easter ever. Easter is the holiday that I host my family and I don't stress about the cooking so much as making sure that everything is clean and put away.
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STITCHERFRIEND 2/13/2013 9:34PM

    I read that story too and I would like to try it also. I'm also doing 6 days of exercise each week. Last year I gave up soda and bread...broke me of the soda habit as I rarely have one now but bread! Explicitive NO!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/12/2013 2:59PM

    Awesome idea! Good luck with this. I'm working on a side project related to declutter/organization and I think your goal would fit nice with my project. Thank you for the inspiration and good luck to you!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 2/12/2013 1:19PM

    i like this idea - 40 boxes in 40 days - sounds like a great project!

Keep us posted!

~Irish

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SUTERSPACE 2/12/2013 11:49AM

    I like that idea. I'm in the process of downsizing anyway. Yep, I think I can do it!! That would force me to make some hard, needed decisions. Thanks for the idea!

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DIANN111 2/12/2013 11:06AM

    What great ideas! Have fun!
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CBAILEYC 2/12/2013 11:06AM

    What a neat idea! Be sure to let us know how it's going, and the end result.
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GCHUNG 2/12/2013 10:41AM

    I have to think what my Easter resolution will be. It's a chance to provide a measurable small time to make changes

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