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40 items to declutter from life during Lent

As its the first day of Lent today I thought it appropriate to write a post about something that could be achieved during these 40 days before Easter.

40 days is a good length of time to get something done, and decluttering was the obvious choice – as its a slant on the usual option of giving up something for lent.

By decluttering, you will be giving up things that you no longer need or use in your home, and making space again!

40 items to declutter during lent - can you do all 40?!

So, why not join me in decluttering 40 things from your life – one for each day of Lent.

Whether you do one a day, or tackle them all over a few days, I know you will feel a real sense of accomplishment once its completed – so lets get going, and good luck!

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5 items to declutter from your living rooms

  • DVDs and CDs that you no longer watch or listen to (sell on ebay or amazon to get some pennies back!)
  • Old magazines and newspapers – if you are keeping for a specific article then tear that out and create a folder of useful articles – then get rid of the rest (recycle if possible)
  • Broken or damaged ornaments – only have what looks great on show
  • Excess furniture – we often have too much furniture in rooms so clear out what you don’t really need and use and make way for some space!
  • Cushions and Throws that are past their best – you want the space to feel relaxing and comfortable, and old flat cushions will not create this effect – look for cushions that have feather inserts as these will fluff up better and last longer than standard fillings.

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5 items to declutter from your bathroom

  • Any bottles of toiletries that are used up, or past their best
  • Old toothbrushes – you should change your toothbrush every 3 months
  • Too many bathroom toys – how many can your children play with at one time!
  • Old towels – we usually keep far too many, so why not minimise what you have and stick with the better ones!. The rule I use is 2 per person (1 to wash and 1 to use), and a couple for guests (dependent on how often and how many guests you have), and lastly one for the gym per person – kept in the gym bag.
  • Old medicine (give to your pharmacy for safe disposal)

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5 items to declutter from your bedroom

  • Anything that doesn’t promote relaxation and sleep – if you can, take out your work, your laundry piles etc…..
  • Excess bedding – keep 2 sets per bed (1 for the wash and 1 to use) and keep within easy reach of each bed
  • Visible clutter – the tops of wardrobes are the biggest culprits for clutter, and can feel very overwhelming looming over you when you are in bed. You will automatically feel more restful in this room if you eliminate as much from sight as possible.
  • Electronics – things like laptop, TV, mobile phones etc… all hinder restful sleep – if you can’t remove completely from the bedroom then make it a habit to turn them off every night at least.

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5 items to declutter from your kitchen

  • Anything that’s chipped, cracked or broken
  • Recipe books you simply don’t read or use (if you are keeping just for 1 or 2 recipes then consider photocopying these and giving the book itself to charity.
  • Everything but the essentials off the work surfaces – all too often they are the place we put piles of post/paperwork/homework etc…. – clear the surfaces and you will much more quickly be able to clean the space and feel calmer
  • Those one off items that you have never got round to using – bread maker / ice cream maker etc…. – we all have them!


40 items to declutter from your home during lent - why not try getting rid of 1 a day - feel great for Easter!


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  • jennyb

    I am going to try and declutter my car’s glove box and boot, there is stuff in there I haven’t seen for years!

    Thanks for the above tips, like a few ideas to declutter my mind!

  • Alli

    Great tips!! One thing that confuses me a tad is that by working to declutter daily, how is that creating more time for God? It seems like that time could be used to read, worship or have quiet time with the Lord as He wants it so badly!

    • Chrissy Halton

      Hi Alli – Decluttering your stuff means less to clean, less to maintain, less to tidy up etc… – all creating more time for other things that are more important in life – hope this answers your question x

  • Bernadette O’ Reilly

    Hi your article on decluttering inspired me to get rid of furniture, tops, bed linen, delph, nightwear and other items. Thank-you

  • K M E

    Inspiring and humorous. Must be a Catholic school kind of humor though. Just saying. LOL

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