Wednesday, February 01, 2012

29 in 29 -- Day 1

so, here's the premise:
get rid of 29 bags of stuff from the house in 29 days.

I read about the idea on my friend Don Maddon's blog. He and his wife Susan call it the 30-30. Take 30 bags ( size of your choosing) and number them with the date that you are starting, until you run out. Then each day fill a bag, and get it out of the house. Could be garbage, recycling, donations to a thrift shop. whatever. As long as it leaves the house!

My 29 in 29 is so named because I'm doing it in February, and this year, February has 29 days. Following Don's lead, I will be using the clear bags that you get produce in at the grocery store. I've used masking tape to label each one. I'm sure that at least one ( likely more than one) of these bags will have fabric scraps in it. if you are in Toronto, keep checking my blog -- I'll likely have some kind of cool assemblage materials available to give away! First people to ask for them, get them :)
My stipulation is that all 29 bags must be full and out of the house by Feb 29 at the latest.
So, why aren't I using garbage bags, or at least larger grocery bags? Hello people! I am a HOARDER, Baby Steps okay???? Mr. B had the gall (THE GALL!) to make fun of the bag size. But some of the bags will be larger. None smaller though.

So Day #1 is a bag of bubble envelopes. They are going to a new home with a friend who sells a lot on etsy and doesn't mind re-using envelopes (yay! recycling!!!)

(hey! I used a big bag here -- they wouldn't all fit in a little bag! I'm off to a great start!)

Don't worry -- I'm not going to take pictures of it all :) Although these hipstamatic pics are kind of fun, aren't they?
I have part of this weekend set aside for art, so there will hopefully be some pretty things coming soon!

10 comments:

lbrownie said...

Good start mom! From your pic it looks like you live near the warm ocean and you're about to go read on the beach after getting rid of your bag.

Joanne Huffman said...

Good idea. I think I may try to modify it a bit and try to clear out a bag a week in my studio.

Anonymous said...

good job I live far away!
Mom

Jenxo said...

great idea , im still purging and reckon i have done my 29 in the last 3 weeks !!!

grrl + dog said...

well done...

it will get easier with time..

the free space does feel great!

MarissaDW said...

Great idea Martha! I might try that out this month. Thanks. I need to do a lot of purging.

MarissaDW said...

Great idea Martha! I might try that out this month. Thanks. I need to do a lot of purging.

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous Idea Martha!!!I am going to have to wait till March I guess- awe darn. But you have inspired me and I think that I just might be able to do it!! Baby Steps for sure!!!!

Lisa PN said...

this is great and i think that i might have to take this challenge as well. You are so inspiring.

Tracey Fisher said...

This is the best idea ever. I have the need to purge... this would be a great place to start.