Purging With A Purpose Forty Days-Forty Items


Purging with a Purpose

Forty Days – Forty Items -Let’s Do It Again

It’s that time again friends. This is the second year I shared this and each year it has been such a success in our home. This year is especially poignant because I am focusing on a full year of purging for 2018. First stop was my dresser drawers. Yes, every drawer in the house and now I have moved on to my closets. How did this all begin and what are Forty Days – Forty Items? Well, I’ll explain. You see a couple of years ago I came across a post on Facebook that was entitled “Forty Days – Forty Items” and it struck a chord with me. The headline was referring to the beginning of Lent which begins, this year, on Wednesday, February 14 and ends on Thursday, March 29. 

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In case you are not familiar with Lent and its meaning, let me explain a bit. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. In today’s church, Lent is a time to repent, fast and prepare for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection and a time when Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something as a form of sacrifice or to volunteer and give of themselves to others. Bottom line, it’s all about the examination of one’s self and giving.

When I read the Headline, “Forty Days – Forty Items”, I was still trying to decide what I should give up for Lent last year. But once I read the headline and the concept behind it, I knew what I would do. I would give up a piece of clothing or some other item that meant something to me, every day for the next 40 days. I also decided that I would not give away just old stuff, but I would sacrifice those items that were nice but waiting for me to perhaps lose the next 20 pounds so I could wear them again or laying around but not used often. I would sacrifice duplicate items. I would truly sacrifice. And I did.


Doing this was so fulfilling that I am doing it again this year and I am challenging you to join me. Like last year, I completed a coat closet purge and reorganization a few months ago and at the time, I thought I had done a good job. But during this time of Lent, I will begin with the same closet specifically to sacrifice some of those coats/jackets that I could not part with during the initial purge. You see, with a different mindset of actually giving something up for Lent coupled with the fact that I made a promise to part with things that I truly care about, I know the second purge will be more meaningful to me. And yes, hubs will get involved as well. When I initially purged the coat closet, he didn’t part with anything he truly loved. He said that I am always purging and if I keep purging we will have nothing. Of course, that isn’t true. But he too, with this new commitment, has committed to purging even more. When we did purge with a purpose last year, I am proud to say, I sacrificed six jackets/coats. Two things happened during the purge. We purged things that others could use immediately without repair, and still in style. I did not want to give people things I no longer cared for only. Not this time. That would not have been a sacrifice. And the second thing that happened was that I felt so blessed that I could part with six jackets and still have several left. I had such an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. Giving to others not only blesses the receiver, it also blesses the giver.

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I will include every closet in the house during the purge with a purpose. No closet or drawer or storage box is off limit. Not even the master closet. The master closet is special because I organized it last year with all non-slip hangers, coordinated by color with like pieces all hanging together. Yes, the closet I thought was totally organized. Right now I am chomping at the bit to get to it and pull my sacrifice piece out. And of course, it is also an excuse to refresh the closet along the way.  I have thought about it often and believe it or not, I am excited to pull a usable, pretty piece out of that closet and place it into my 40 pieces in 40 days basket to bless someone else.


I have not decided which charity I will donate the items to once Lent is over, but I’m sure God will order my steps and reveal that to me as I go along.

You may not get involved in this challenge for the same reasons I did and that is perfectly okay. Your reasons are your own but do take the challenge. If you accept the challenge as a way to clean out and organize one closet in your home, just imagine the progress you will have made at the end of the 40 days and who knows, you may decide to purge 2 pieces or more per day. And you will be very pleased with yourself when your purge is over. If not for Lent, why not get a jump on your spring cleaning and get rid of things that you know you no longer need? Why are you holding on to them? Why not help someone else while you help you and your family as well? Lighten your clutter load and help someone else while you’re at it. It’s a win-win.

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If however, you choose to do this purge in conjunction with Lent, You will feel a double sense of satisfaction. I know it was a good choice for me. Hey if you join this challenge, please use the following hashtag, #purgingwithapurpose when sharing the concept and/or pictures of your purged pile. Blessings to you!

You have time to prepare. Get your basket or box ready and get your mind wrapped around the idea to purge with a purpose. Let’s take the challenge together!

Although I don’t know her, I would like to thank Mary Beth for sharing this idea on my FaceBook feed a couple of years ago. It sparked my family, a few of my friends and hopefully, it will spark my Command Center readers to take this positive challenge as well.

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Keep this going and share with your family and friends.Let’s see how much clutter we can get rid of while helping others during this season of Lent.

Note: I am not storing my items in a trash bag. No no, I do not want to get side-tracked or distracted; therefore, I am storing my items in a wicker basket that sits in my closet. That way I remember my promise and commitment to purge daily. If the basket fills before the forty days are up, which is inevitable,  I will move them to the bag but continue to feed the basket.


Will you take the challenge? Are you ready to purge with a purpose?

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About Clearissa Coward

I am a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization and redesign. I am professional and personal organization consultant with a flare for design on a dime. There are times however, when I delve into the realm of love, life, family, friendships, feelings, fantasy and the reality of life. My website is a conglomerate which includes, Divinely Organized - Professional & Personal Organization & Redesign, Customized Virtual Business Solutions (CVBS) - a full service virtual assistant business, and Clearissa's Avon Boutique - a 24/7 shop till you drop skin care/glam site where the focus is on looking and feeling good. I also often metamorphosis into My Soulful Life where feelings and not facts are at the forefront. Although there are several tendrils to my business, they are all centered around living an uncluttered, successful and feel good life. I am blogging about my passions. Join me on my journey.


Purging With A Purpose Forty Days-Forty Items — 5 Comments

  1. Clearissa,
    I love this idea of purging with a purpose. I gave up chocolate for Lent and it is tough because I love my chocolate and have some everyday. I am going to add your idea to my list. I have a couple of days to make up but I can do it.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Interesting idea, I’ve never considered a purge for Lent. I usually give up TV, and add reading spiritual books to my time. It seems to work for me.

  3. Hi Carol, everyone gives up what they feel would be a sacrifice. There is no wrong or right answer. Your idea of giving up TV and reading more devotional books is a great one. Blessing and success on your Lent experience.

  4. Hi Shana, Thank you for stopping by. I love this project. I get to clean out my home while blessing someone else and I’m not just giving away stuff, I am actually sacrificing things that I could keep. It is a good feeling.

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