A couple of weeks ago I came across the 40 bags in 40 days challenge for Lent. I don’t even really know how I got there…surfing around one evening. I am not Catholic, nor have I ever given anything up for Lent, but this year I’ve felt a nudge to step it up. I was wondering what I should be doing differently…thinking about where I need to grow. Right now I feel there are two things holding me back. One is STUFF! Oh the stuff. I love it and I hate it. But I know it is getting to be too much.
Enter the 40 bags challenge. I could do this!
I set out thinking this would be pretty easy. And so far it is going well. I went through a big stash of yarn that my mom gave me. Some I kept for my own projects and most I donated to the local middle school. They are doing a knitting clinic with kids next week and had an ad on the radio that they needed yarn. Beautiful timing. I went through big stacks of magazines that I’ve been saving. Most are getting recycled and the newer ones are headed to the library.
I think as the weeks move along this will get harder and the sacrifice will really kick in. And that’s good too. I am already finding that I am looking around my house with new eyes…and a little embarrassment at how I’ve let things accumulate.
How about you? Are you a saver or a thrower?