Well, Lent is definitely over now, and it's time to give you the wrap up of my 40 Bags in 40 Days project. I think I last left you at 15 bags. Since then, I kind of missed documenting the rest with pictures, but let's see if I can come up with an approximate count:
16, 17, 18 - Trash! Old phone books, broken pieces of toys, etc.
19-28 - I freecycled 3 TRASH bags of toys! (Approximately equal to 9 grocery bags.) I'm pretty excited about this. And they were taken by an at-home daycare, which I'm sure will put them to good use.
29, 30, 31, 32 - I donated an Amazon box of size 2 diapers (that the baby kindly outgrew right after I ordered them), a package of newborn diapers, and two baby blankets to Birthright.
33-40 - These were donations to a rummage sale benefiting a friend who has cancer - talk about a good motivation for cleaning out! I donated a huge shopping bag of my clothes, plus several bags more worth of hanging clothes; our old (working) printer; and a small shopping bag of miscellaneous household items.
There's a lot I could say about the process and effects of this 40 bags project; it was surprisingly life-changing. I'm actually planning to write a few more individual posts about my thoughts on purging and some of the habits I'm trying to alter.
As a quick summary, I'll just say that it was an extremely positive experience to clean out, and that it was shockingly easy to come up with 40 grocery bags! I think if I had the time and had done the purge in a more systematic and organized manner, I could have easily come up with 40 trash bags.
I can see myself doing this project every year as a way to spring clean, get organized, and get back to essentials.
Have you done any purging or reorganizing lately? What did you learn from it?