The 40 bags in 40 days Challenge

Every year I take part in White House Black Shutters  40 bags in 40 days challenge. It runs for the duration of Lent ( this year March 1st – April 15th) and it is a decluttering process with goals that are set on a daily basis by yourself using a worksheet you download from the site. The plan is to get a bag of stuff out your house each day whether to charity, the dump or by selling it on. This is the 7th year of the challenge and it’s well worth taking part (only as much as you can feasilbly manage though), I never do amazingly well, but what I do achieve is totally worthwhile and good for the soul. There is a suggested list of areas in your house to address on the website, which is really helpful, you can also sign up for a newsletter and there is a private Facebook group to join if you wish for extra tips and encouragement. Today I have started the challenge early early due to having to clear out a cupboard for plumbing work this week. I’ve recycled and taken stuff to the dump and the charity shop, it feels good and the house is happier for it.

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The Business Bakery -100 Day Goal

I started doing the Business Bakery’s 100 Day Goal on the 1st January this year. I don’t have a lot of time outside of my day time job, but really felt the need this year to ramp up my Etsy business to the next level, and this plan seemed perfect. You set out how to achieve your end goal by making a series of micro-actions, my aim to be getting to 800 items in my vintage shop and pay off a small loan I have with the profits. This to me seems achievable by the 7th April this year. Today is day 52, so pretty much halfway through and I’m sitting at just below 500 items in my shop with the rest sitting in my drafts ready for tagging and titling. I’ve increased my sales to 1 a day in my vintage shop which is pretty good going for me, especially for February, and I also have a clear plan in my head on how to keep up this momentum for the rest of the year.

For the next 48 days I will be sorting and stocking my other shop and getting it to work and yay, my loan is going down quite considerably. I’ve loved doing the 100 Day Goal so far and have found it totally achievable to keep up with, which is always the difficult part for me with these things. There are encouraging emails every day and an inspiring Facebook Group of motivating, fellow participants all trying to achieve different end goals. I would thoroughly recommend doing something like this to everyone out there, as long as you are honest with what level of achievement is possible for yourself from the outset. I shall report back at the end with how I got on but now it’s set in stone on my blog, I can’t possibly allow myself to not to achieve my goals.

Follow the Business Bakery on twitter here >> for handy business hints and tips, and join the 100 Day Goal here>> The next one starts on 1st May 2017.