Tuesday, February 21, 2012

40bags Zones

Welcome to those who have joined me in the 40bags challenge!  Here's my list of zones:

I mentally went around our house in my head, and wrote down 34 zones that need attention.  I've left the last 6 blank and... well, as 2012 is the year that I am KIND to myself, I can always fill them in with the odd bag of rubbish or recycling that goes out with our usual weekly stuff!  As you can see I've also allocated 2 outside zones as I have gardens that are more weed-pits than plant-spots.  I also have 4-5 different zones within our garage - just split it up to make it easier to do one zone a day (or conquer a few in one go to give yourselves days off).

The space can be as big as a whole room, or as small as a single shelf or a drawer. 

So those of you who are going to try to go the whole hog: this is your next step!  Find a sheet of paper and write 1-40, then start putting down your zones.

Next post ... the ticker begins!  I have one bag all ready to go, and one from a Mama friend ready to add to the tally.  (She is donating plenty of goodies to a store in Wainuiomata who sell things at a ridiculously low price to families who are genuinely in need - impressive huh?)  Get to it, and remember to let me know when you've done a bag or more.  Who knows how many we can get rid of!

40 Bags in 40 Days: Lent 2012

Last year I took on a challenge with a friend to clear 40 bags from my home in 40 days.  It was like an ultimate decluttering tool!  So this year, I'm back at it again - this time it's my Lent 2012 challenge.

The initial idea came from here... and of course I Pinned it too...
Then I got rid of my 40 bags last year, and it made a huge difference to our home!  And of course my self-confidence, the general tidiness of the house, our relationships, and so on.

SO!  Who's keen to jump on board with me??

I'll post pictures of my 40 bags every few days and keep a ticker going of how many bags we can get rid of - every time you get rid of a bag, send me an email/text/social networking notification or leave a comment below the post and I'll add you to the big count.

This is how I'm doing my 40 bags challenge:
1. Buy a roll of 40 rubbish bags - check!
2. Write a list of zones in my home (40 in total, and maybe leave a couple of spaces to be filled in later)
3. Each day of the 40 days in Lent, aim to fill up one bag to be trashed, donated, given away, returned to original owner or whatever, it just has to leave your house!!

The best tip I am carrying from last year (other than a roll of bags and a list of zones) is to do this with a friend.  We would MMS each other a photo of our bag or bags as we finished them and it was the best motivator for me.

Join me!  I dare you.