By: Kelly Chong

40 Bags in 40 Days - Decluttering Challenge!

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Spring is around the corner (or, so they say) and so is the spring market.  Whether you’re looking to sell or just purge your home, there is no better time than now to start using Mary Kondo’s tricks and tips to clean up and get your house and yourself ready for spring. 

I was introduced to a challenge a few years ago called 40 bags in 40 days, via a blog article I read on  The basic premise of this challenge is to write a list of all the places in your house you have to purge, clean and or organize. You have a minimum 40 days to declutter and get rid of 40 bags of things you don’t need or use. It can be huge garbage bags full of clothes for donation or getting around to taking that old sofa you have lying around, or even little shopping bags full of paper to recycle.  It doesn’t matter how big these bags are as long as they leave your house.  

I like to showcase my purging on Instagram because it keeps me more accountable.  You may want to organize your junk drawer one day, the linen closet another, and the garage another.  I mean, when was the last time you went through your medicine cabinet?  It doesn’t matter where you start so long as you do. Starting small helps you gain a few victories under the belt, which will motivate you to tackle the bigger tasks like sorting through the mountain of toys room in the basement.  Whether you’re donating, recycling, organizing a garage sale or just throwing things out - the point is to purge! It’s amazing how liberating getting rid of stuff actually is. 

When I get in my moods (a couple of times a year) I purge like it’s my job.  I actually have to go on purging sprees every so often, with 3 kids living in the house and all the “artwork” that comes home and all the toys they get throughout the year from birthdays, Christmas and grandparents – purging is a necessary evil.

One of the easiest ways to declutter something is by asking yourself a few questions. The first question Marie Kondo would ask is, “Does this spark joy?” If not, get rid of it. Another question to ask yourself is, “Does this belong here?” If not, put it where it belongs. The last question and the one that gets me to get rid of even more things is, “Have I used this in the last year?” If the answer is no, you guessed it, out it goes!

Give it a try, declutter your home, and in turn, your life! You will thank me for it.