If you have spent any time reading January issues of women’s and decorating magazines over the past few weeks or have been online reading blogs and social media then you know January is not only about resolutions, but also all about getting our houses in order by cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of clutter and unused STUFF! I decided to get a jumpstart and do the 31 in 31 Challenge.
This January, the process has even more meaning for me to rid the clutter… a new house.
As you know I have thrown away and donated a lot of stuff over the past 6 months and you know what, I don’t miss any of it!
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Unwanted stuff and clutter weighs you down not just physically, but mentally as well.
When we decided to move, I donated and threw out a lot. Moving, like a new year has given me a reason to start fresh and edit even more as I am still purging. Not so much throwing items out, but donating stuff we thought we may need, but that doesn’t fit into our new home.
I want our new home to be free and clear of unnecessary stuff. The motto I live by when deciding what to keep…
” Life is too short to be the caretaker of the wrong details”
If I don’t want to take care of something… as in dust it, maintain it, or if it no longer makes me smile… out it goes into a plastic bag which makes it easy to place in my car to take to one of the thrift stores in my new town.
Over the last few weeks, we filled our garage with so many items we no longer wanted or needed…
…with so much STUFF that our cars couldn’t fit in. :-(
I couldn’t have asked for better timing when Glad asked me if I would like to take part in their 31 in 31 Challenge, I thought…of course… perfect timing since I was already in the process of donating unused items!
As you know, Glad is the maker of the plastic trash bag that most of use to place and haul our un-needed items to the thrift store. Seeing so many of us use their bags in this way inspired them to start the Glad 31 in 31 Challenge were they encourage us to clean out 31 items, one for each day of the month to fill a Glad to Give yellow bag for giving. You can get a yellow bag here.
I took on the challenge and filled more than one bag… in fact I have been filling a bag a day for the past 20 days. :-) Your something old can be someone’s new, making your cleaning and organizing efforts around your house even more important.
We have donated quite a bit and even had the thrift store truck come pick up furniture and big items that didn’t fit into a bag or my car.
I am still filling up bags and have a few more spaces to tackle before the end of the month, like what is on the shelves in the garage, but am happy to report that just this week our cars can can now park where they are supposed to be…in the garage. :-)
It took some time and effort to make this happen, but I could not be happier to have lessened our load and been able to give it all away to someone new to use and enjoy.
This year, why not shed some pounds…of unused items? Join the Glad to Give 31 in 31 Challenge and clear the clutter in your home by simply filling a Glad® yellow bag with a different item every day in January.
When you’re done, schedule a free pick up on the Glad to Give website. You can also share a photo of what you’re giving with the hashtags #31in31Challenge and #GladToGive.
It will make you and your house feel sooooo good! :-)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Glad Products Company. The opinions and text are all mine.