40 Days = 40 Items

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40 Days = 40 Items

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.



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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

We are moving to a new house.  I think everyone should move every 5 years, you get rid of more than 40 items.  Makes the new house looks so good until the collecting starts again.

Feb 29, 2020 09:56 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon June. I don't celebrate Lent but getting rid of things is always a good thing.

Feb 29, 2020 11:24 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wonderful idea, we both get rid of stuff year round.  There is a pile in the garage at the moment waiting to go to the charity...A

Feb 29, 2020 11:29 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi June - this is something we can all do to help the many "things" in our lives as well as help others. I have a box I keep in my closet for items I no longer wear. 

Feb 29, 2020 01:48 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Feb 29, 2020 05:50 PM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great suggestion, June... in my case I cull my closets three times a year and sometimes even four times. But for those who go years without doing so, this is an easy way to do it.

Mar 01, 2020 06:03 AM #6
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi June,
I do love this idea. I was just shaking my head the other day about how ridiculous it is that I have so many closets full of clothes... most of which I haven't worn in a long time.  I need to do a bag a day for 40 days.  LOL

Mar 01, 2020 07:14 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We are always doing this - especially me. Bernie is a bit more reluctant. I think less is more. Great suggestion for those who have a problem tossing out unused items. 

Mar 01, 2020 07:52 AM #8
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great idea. I also practice the buy one - throw one out scenario. Sometimes I find 2 which makes me happy.

Mar 01, 2020 08:14 AM #9
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Making it #40Days40Items also means that its not tied to Lent. Can be done anytime of the year - and probably should be!

Mar 01, 2020 11:53 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon June Piper-Brandon - this is a super idea.  I my case it will take more than 40 days.

Mar 01, 2020 12:27 PM #11
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That's a great idea, and if I hadn't just moved across the country and gotten rid of everything I didn't find important, I'd definitely jump on this one!

Mar 01, 2020 03:19 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love, love, love this idea, June! And, like Lyn Sims, I actually practice the buy one, donate one habit...but, I still have too much 'STUFF!'

Mar 01, 2020 06:48 PM #13
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I was raised by a woman who was a saver - and so I became one. It is difficult to toss anything that might be useful "someday." I keep working on it, and I know that wonderful "light" feeling of hauling a box or two to town to donate.

Mar 01, 2020 08:48 PM #14
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Brilliant!  I love this because we all have so much stuff.  I'd love to have less.  My problem is that most of what I have was given as gifts from my daughters, etc.  I'll have to get creative.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Mar 03, 2020 12:04 PM #15
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

This is one activity I am working on for Lent-and for this whole year.

Mar 08, 2020 11:43 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi June Piper-Brandon - This is a great idea and I hope others take you up on it.  I always donate or give away items. I do not like to throw away useful items. 

Mar 09, 2020 09:03 AM #17
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