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Time to Clean Out the House! #40BagsIn40Days

40 bags in 40 daysI don’t know about you, but my house is full of clutter. We STILL haven’t fully unpacked from when we bought this house in 2010. I unknowingly started this challenge on the 5th when I had cleaned out my pantry. Later that day I found out about the challenge and decided to give it a shot. The challenge is being hosted on White House Black Shutters. I like that it goes along with Lent. I gave up soda, but that’s not as challenging as getting rid of the clutter in your life! I did really well on days 1-6 (until 3/11) but then got really busy from 3/12-3/15. I’m planning on picking back up today and doing our downstairs freezer and fridge.

The picture above is my living and dining room. It really wasn’t a big clean out day because I had to get ready for scouts in my house. It was nice to get it done, though. (Too bad it needs it AGAIN!)

Linen Closet

Day three was my linen closet. I was able to get rid of one bag of trash, one box of misc stuff to giveaway and 1 bag of pullups I’m giving to a friend. It’s nice to go in there and know where everything is again!

Day 4 I cleaned out my upstairs freezer. It was stuffed so full that things weren’t freezing correctly. That’s not a good thing! I didn’t have a lot of time to clean so I did that while making dinner. It only took about 15 minutes!

Day 5 I consider my virtual bag of trash. We have had some financial garbage creep up and I had to take care of that all day on the 5th and 6th days. We worked on our family budget and getting it all into our budget software. Definitely feels good to be getting back on track there!

Day 6 I was still working on finances, but was able to get in there and clean out the fridge while making dinner. Not only did I get all the icky stuff out, I wiped it all down, too, which makes it so much nicer inside!

I’m going to try to do an update again next Monday to let you know how it’s going. Now is the tough part because my biggest clutter area is the basement and getting down there with the baby isn’t really easy. It’s cold down there and don’t really want her hanging out in the cold. Time to bring a space heater with and get working! No excuses! My friend Lisa at Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! is the one that told me about the challenge. Be sure to pop over and encourage her as well!

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a “baby “chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she’s still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She’s since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. AWESOME! I am not participating – but I will definitely do it when things slow down!
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  2. It looks like you’ve made progress. Things can pile up so quickly before we know it.
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  3. My clutter is monumental. No, my house doesn’t look like an episode of hoarders, but… I have a spare bedroom, basement & 9 bay garage that catches the overflow… and I still have clutter.
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  4. I love this idea…I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! I am sooo going to do it! I wish I had heard of it before, I would have done it for Lent too, but I can always start right now.
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  5. You’re doing great! I should really check this out.
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  6. You’re doing awesome! I meant to do the challenge but kept forgetting. We just decluttered our whole house before the baby came, but we were in a hurry to do the whole house so now I want to take more time to really do a thorough job. I’m planning on starting tonight or tomorrow!
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  7. I almost decided to do this and then I realized that it would mean I’d actually have to do this. Oh I need to, believe me, but eesh it’s overwhelming. Bravo to you!
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  8. You are rocking the challenge! I don’t think I could fill 40 bags with our clutter since my OCD ensures I constantly keep it at bay, but I know our storage closets and my master closet could use a good sort.
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  9. vanessa: thequeenofswag says:

    This is something I seriously need to do ASAP!

  10. I have a friend who is doing this, too. I so need to, but lack the motivation right now. Kudos to you!!!
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  11. Wow, this is something that I need to do!!!
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  12. I seriously need to do this, like now!
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  13. Looks like you are on a roll. I think I need to try this challenge.
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