Household Management

*Week 2 Update* 400 Items in 40 Days Declutter Challenge

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For the 40 Days of Lent, I’ve committed to a 400 items in 40 Days Declutter Challenge.

I can’t handle the KonMari method of pulling everything out – it’s way too overwhelming for me. Instead I’m decluttering a manageable 10 items a day. See more about the challenge and get the free printable here.

My strategy for the second week was to continue to go after the low-hanging fruit and give myself as many quick wins as I could to build some momentum. Here’s what I’ve decluttered this week.


I started this week in the kitchen with the silverware drawer. I found 20 items – random plastic silverware and other unused implements went straight into the trash.


I gathered 10 more items in the kitchen. Containers without lids and lids without containers and some laminated placemats from my daughter’s preschool class two years ago!

These items also were recycled or thrown in the trash.


I decluttered my nightstand and found a huge stack of old journal, notebooks, and random magazines that I never look at. Now my nightstand has room for what I’m currently reading.

These 13 items were recycled or thrown in the trash.


I went through a huge pile of old receipts. I shredded everything that had personal information and recycled the rest.  This stack had at least 100 receipts but I’m only counting it as 10 items.



Sundays don’t count in the 40 Days of Lent so I didn’t declutter anything.


I headed to the family room and started sorting through toys.  I went through my daughter’s sensory basket and tossed some old party favor toys and a pair of dirty ear muffs.

I also tossed a Nerf football with a missing chunk. We have plenty of balls and sports equipment and don’t need to keep the damaged items.


I continued in the family room and gathered 13 items of chewed up play food and a partial miniature bowling set for a total of 21 more items.

I’m donating the bowling set and threw away the play food.

Weekly item totals:

Week 1: 72 items
Week 2: 84 items

Total so far: 156


I can’t believe how much stuff we have to get rid of.

Come back next Wednesday and see the Week 3 update!

What have you decluttered this week? Drop a comment!

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