40 Day Trash Bag Challenge {Lent 2016}

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    I'm always looking for creative ways to participate in Lent. Ash Wednesday kicked off forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence for me. I try to honor Lent and prepare myself for Easter by not only sacrificing but embodying the spirit of giving. Courtesy of social media, I came across the 40 Bags in 40 days Challenge.  After reading about this challenge where you fill 40 trash bags with items from your home, I resolved that this year (with some slight modifications) I was doing this! Yes, I need to declutter my physical house but I also decided I needed to spruce up my inner spiritual house. With that in mind here is my plan for a 40 day Trash Bag Challenge for Lent.

Rules of Engagement:
1)Select at least 1 item a day from your house and 1 item a day from your pantry for 40 days to donate to those in need

2) Read a prayer or devotion every day for 40 days

3) For every trash bag I fill up plan to donate $5 to my Parish. 

4) Give up wastefulness - Reduce my personal waste by using

          Reusable bags when shopping
          Reduce my unwanted mail
          Buy items made from recycled products
          Prevent food waste by meal prep and planning
          Reuse and recycle products (buy less stuff) 

I'm committed to doing this for 40 days and this first week I will work on filling my bag with items from my closet. 

I will keep you posted on how this challenge impacts my home and my spirit this 2016 season of Lent.


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