40 bags in 40 days

As you know, I’ve been on a minimizing journey. I was delighted to discover a blog chock full of tips and ideas to help me on my way. She has been running a ‘program’ if you will, called “40 Bags in 40 Days”. Her blog is White House, Black Shutters (http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com)  .

You can start any time, but the goal is to get a bag of stuff out of your house every day for 40 days. You can have them be industrial sized contractor trash bags or plastic shopping bags. You can do literally one bag a day, or you can make it fit your shedule (as I am doing) and just get 40 bags out of your house.
I have loved the motivation and inspiration. I’ve done my closet, the kids’ clothing bins, random cabinets, purged (some) books and (a ton of) magazines. I haven’t yet had the courage to get rid of all the kids’ toys that are in storage. 
Yesterday I tackled my studio!

This doesn’t even begin to cover it. You can’t see the bags and bags of fabric scraps or the boxes of fabric and projects in progress I inherited from my Grandma (who died 5 years ago). It doesn’t show you all the hidden stashes of this or that abandoned project, halfway done. It doesn’t show you the boxes of out of focus and many years old photos or out of style scrapbook paper I will never use. 
I worked diligently while Netflixing Parenthood for hours yesterday, annoying Kevin in the process becasue all the child care fell to him on “Family Sunday”. 
I think the results are worth though, don’t you?

Even more impressive (for me, at least), I’m giving up coffee. So I was barely caffeinated whilst tackling this project. 

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