Confession time: I got off to a rousing start with my 40 Bag Challenge, then promptly lost steam. It didn't turn out to be the precise and methodical project I had planned, but in the end a bunch of no-longer-needed items still left the premises, and several areas of my house are neater and more organized than they were before, and that's really what it was all about, right?
I did end up getting a couple of things done over the past week:
Another bag and box of "stuff" are off to Value Village:
And I finished things off with possibly my most satisfying endeavor of this year's 40 Bag Challenge; one of those dreaded items that had been languishing on my to-do list for far too long: Cleaning out under the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Ever notice how those jobs that you dread for ages and procrastinate about endlessly sometimes end up being pretty quick and simple and you end up wondering why you didn't just bite the bullet and do them ages ago? Well, the under-sink excavations were precisely like that. It took me about 45 minutes to get both of them done and it wasn't nearly as unpleasant as I had anticipated.
I wasn't brave enough to snap "before" pictures (hey, even us bloggers need to have a few secrets!) but I'm happy to share the "after" ones:
If you want to know more about the types of cleaners I use (a mix of homemade and store bought potions), you can find the details here.
All in all, although there are some areas I didn't yet get to, I am satisfied with the results of my efforts during this challenge. I may just keep going, even though the 40 days are officially over!
If you joined me in the 40 Bag Challenge, how did it go for you? Were you more or less successful than you anticipated?
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