The other day I was browsing Instagram and noticed a friend of mine posted a picture with the hashtage #40Bags40Days. It was a photo of stuff she was clearing out of her house and planned on donating locally. It intrigued me, as I love to donate stuff that I'm not using and I REALLY love getting the house more organized, so I looked it up on the internet and decided to take the plunge myself. The 40 Bags in 40 Days falls in line with the celebration of Lent, and while I don't observe Lent personally I love the idea of having a timeline to keep you motivated and keep going with the goal. I'm a little behind since this unofficially "started" on March 5th, but really you can jump in at any time. Do 40 bags, do 20, whatever you feel like. Some people are focused on the spring cleaning aspect, just ridding yourself of the clutter and getting rid of stuff you no longer use, and if you want to do it that way then the premise is simple. You go through your house and fill up a bag a day of stuff you don't need. The idea is to simplify and organize.
You can make a schedule, go room to room, however you want to do it. It can help you gain some focus on what stuff you actually use, what stuff you actually need, and what stuff is just taking up space. What you do with the stuff is your choice, you can throw it out, hold a garage sale, Freecycle it, sell it or donate it.
For me, I'm going to take the challenge up a notch and donate everything I gather or Freecycle it (did you know there is a Saratoga Springs freecycle page?). If I sell it at a garage sale I'm going to donate the money I earn to a local non-profit. Spurred on by my post on hand me down love, I'm reminded of the idea that just because you've outgrown something or are no longer using something that doesn't mean it won't have value to someone else.
Donating sounds easy enough, and it is, but there are things to keep in mind when you donate stuff. First, make sure it is going to the right place, and follows the guidelines of what the organization or group can accept. Make sure that whatever you are donating has been cleaned and is in usable condition. Many places have specific guidelines and drop off times, like the Franklin Community Center which also has a limit on how much you can drop off at one time. As part of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge in Saratoga, I would like your help in putting together a list of places to donate items as well as the guidelines for donating so that we can all donate effectively and usefully.
If you have information you'd like to share on where or what people can donate locally, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will update a list to share with all of you. Join me locally in the challenge by using the hashtag #40Bags40DaysSaratoga. Looking to join a clothing swap? Email me with some ideas. Let's see what we can put together! xoxo