I won't begin to take credit for this idea, but I read it somewhere and thought, wow, what a great idea.
How many times have you started Lent with great ideas of losing weight, quitting smoking, giving up chocolate, fried food or something else, only to get 10 days into your challenge and give up? During this time of Lent instead of giving up something just for Lent, why not try this 40 days = 40 items challenge?
Each day of Lent, remove one item from your house, which you don't use or wear anymore and place it in a bag, or a box. At the end of Lent, donate these items to a charity shop or to a homeless shelter.
They will be shared with people who really need them.
This is also a great way to prepare your home for sale, you are decluttering your home and getting it ready for the spring market that is right around the corner.