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Week 3 #40BagsIn40Days Challenge


I can’t believe week 3 is past already. Because I know I’m sharing with you every Monday, I keep going, otherwise I probably would have dropped out by now. This past week I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but I had a baptism to get ready for on Sunday so I couldn’t work as much on cleaning out as I had to on cleaning up. I have to say this challenge made the cleaning up much easier since I’ve been pretty much staying on top of things. I had to put away laundry that was all over a couch, shampoo the carpet, and clean the bathroom. I had a lot of baking and cooking to do to get ready as well.

Bedroom before and after #40BagsIn40Days

Ok, as I was editing pics for this post I remembered that I did more than I thought I did! This is a picture of our chair in our bedroom, before and after. The stuff that’s on the side of the chair in the after picture has no where to go until my husband finishes construction on the bathroom. (Which could take another year, sigh.) That area alone produced 3 bags to giveaway and 1 bag of garbage.

Bottom of closet

This was the bottom half of my closet. We had a hard time opening the door all the time because it would get caught on things. That ended up being another bag to giveaway and half a bag of garbage.

Closet clean out #40BagsIn40Days

I need to get a box for keepsakes. The stuff that is leftover on that bottom shelf are all keepsakes: my dad’s old hat, my first Cabbage Patch Kid, my baby blanket, dolls my sister made, my drum corps memory box, and my race and drum corps shirts and sweatshirts. I want to get a race blanket made some day, but I have only done 2 so far, so it’d be a baby blanket at this point. 😉


We got a “new” to us couch this weekend and having that in that room makes me want to focus in there this weekend. I have 3 bookshelves of books and 2 of DVDs that I want to go though. We have a ton of children’s books we’re never going to read again and my Cub Scout Pack is doing a collection of children’s books in a few weeks, so that’s the perfect thing to clean out. Plus I have a TON of books I’ll never read either at all, or again, that need to go.

I feel like I’m making some good progress. Last night I was so exhausted after the Baptism and party that I couldn’t clean the kitchen, but it was killing me to go to bed with a mess in there! The first thing I did when I got up this morning was clean it again. I felt much better afterwards. How are your Lent goals going? If you’re part of this challenge, how are you doing?

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. I need you to come to my house and help me de-clutter. My closets are over-flowing full of stuff!!
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  2. vanessa: thequeenofswag says:

    This is fantastic. I need to do this in my house!

  3. You have been busy that’s for sure. My husband goes through our house and does this a couple times a year too. We do end up giving a lot away. I love this idea. I love to see when people show their before and after pictures. It makes me feel not so alone that we have little spaces that get cluttered. (It doesn’t take long to have it happen. )
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  4. I know I need to do this. I think I’m just gonna have to bite the bullet and do it. 🙂
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  5. You are doing AWESOME! and have definitely given me the OOMPH! to get moving! Love what you’re doing and WOW – what a great snag on that couch – looks awesome! xoxo
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  6. You’re doing great! I should do this challenge 🙂
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  7. You are certainly doing an amazing job! I’m sure it feels wonderful to clear clutter and rock the challenge at the same time.
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  8. Those are some great before and after pics! You’re really doing a great job getting rid of stuff.
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  9. We really need to purge our office…again. We did a huge purge when we moved to TX last summer, but it’s amazing how fast stuff accumulates again!
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  10. I don’t know how I didn’t know you were doing this! I totally need to be on board. I’m moving & I feel like my after areas are still my befores. This is just the motivation I need to keep going.
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  11. you’ve done so great on this!!! Hope you’re proud of this, I really think you’re doing awesome considering everything else you do with a little one to manage too!!!!!
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  12. I recently did a lot of organizing. Still have a long way to go, especially with my closets!
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  13. Looks like you made a lot of progress. Way to go.
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  14. Wow, the closet cleanout was particularly impressive. Now I’m dreading my spare room… it is a big mess.
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