DAYS 27-39: 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS

so about halfway through the 40 bags in 40 days challenge, i realized i had little left to purge! we did just move (so i had already gone through everything) but with this challenge, i did get rid of more. i mean, let’s be honest, there’s always more you can let go of!

day 27: apparently, i hadn’t had my oil changed in almost a year (eep!) and it had been on my to-do list for forever–it feels amazing to have that crossed off. and for my birthday next month (as a gift to myself) i’m going to have my car detailed by this guy. he’s a miracle worker so i’m pretty stoked to get back a brand new car.

day 28: my exercise boot camp decided to purge their lost and found during the challenge. which is something us apartment dwellers and homeowners should be doing on a regular basis. an outbox by the door works like a charm to give stuff back to friends and family that has been left behind.

day 29: something so simple but makes the biggest difference–hooks for brooms and mops–otherwise, they have a tendency to fall over when they lean against the wall. now they have a designated home so that everyone knows where to look when they need to clean up!

day 30: as my mom pointed out, the car still does not have a place to live but you have to start somewhere, right?! at least there is now a very large path making the items inside super accessible.

day 31 & 32: i drove out to peterman lumber in fontana last friday to pick out some wood for our fauxdenza. and on saturday, the beau and i put it all together. in case you’re interested, this is the DIY i followed to create my own.

day 33: i also picked up a board of reclaimed wood while i was at peterman lumber to create a cute little drop zone for our keys and such (IKEA mirror, anthro hook, schoolhouse electric fixture)

day 34: hooks for bags and coats by the entry (hooks are from anthropologie)

day 35: drum roll please…. after having this ginormous rug rolled up in our bedroom, we finally were able to put it down once the fauxdenza was finished.

day 36: in december, i wiped my computer clean. so now, with the help of the beau, i’m rebuilding and organizing my iTunes (all stored on an external drive).

day 37: best productivity app ever. download now (they offer a free trial). seriously. life changing. #anti-social

day 38: Lauren helped bring it home with her friend’s closet purge–they did some major damage earlier in the challenge and i’m glad to see them return with these bags of clothes going out!

day 39: The ‘doggie door’ has been painted shut…. until 2 days ago. The litter boxes are housed in the laundry room (behind this door). Which our beloved pooch, Mayor got into the other day and had a field day on our new rug. Lucky for us, he’s terrified of doggie doors–so as long as we keep the main door closed, the ‘un-gluing’ of the pet door was oh-so-important. Oh yea, we also doused the rug with scotch guard afterwards so now we’re really prepared.


Inspired by Bneato


Lauren (Bneato team member) had a fab idea to start a series called, ‘Inspired by Bneato,’ when a friend sent her a picture of her organized closet after being inspired from one of our blog posts. I love the idea as it creates accountability around our goals and makes the task a little more fun when we share and are recognized. Please send in your photos and a quick blurb if you’ve been inspired by us to get your space organized (


Day 5: 40 Bags in 40 Days

so technically, i didn’t throw away the light on the left but i did take it down and finally replaced it with a more simple sconce on the right. we rent, otherwise, that eyesore of a light on the left would be O-U-T. we have really old wiring and after much consulting of the interwebs, baller hardware, an electrician via phone and a nice neighbor, i finally have a gorgeous and minimal light that i love. goodbye ornate wall sconce!

day 4: 40 bags in 40 days


after working all day, i’m beat. i got nothing except that it feels so damn good to get rid of sh$%. #quoteme

today i let go of:

  • hole-y socks
  • tights with no elasticity
  • a t-shirt that i received for running my first and only marathon. i’ve tried to get rid of it for 5 years now but just couldn’t swing it—until today. (if i’m being totally honest, it wasn’t comfy and i was finally ready to let it go. i have the medal for running the race which is a much better representation of all my hard work).

Day 3: 40 Bags in 40 Days


Today, I got into the linen closet and went through all my plastic drawer units and purged:

  • expired meds
  • old nail polish and make-up that I never wear
  • anything that looked like it was from the last decade
  • tubes and bottles that were near empty
  • I ‘married’ any 2 like items that were both half empty
  • got rid of bulky packages

what did you get rid of today?!

Day 2: 40 Bags in 40 Days

Yesterday, I scanned in paperwork that has been sitting around in the office for a week or so (the beau’s medical records and vet paperwork). which was actually quite interesting as I discovered that the beau’s dog’s original name from the shelter was ‘Parker.’ He goes by ‘Mayor’ now and I would have never had that peek into his past had I not gotten rid of old paperwork.

Today’s toss centers around gift bags. You may also have something similar in your home (takeaways from conferences attended, free gift sets from the make-up counter, etc.) These are things we didn’t buy but for some reason, because they were free, we feel the need to hold onto. We think we should use them or want to use them but they just end up being clutter because we tend to use the things we like (and paid for).

So I went through my recent grab bag of freebies from the 7th Annual Organizing Awards and donated lots of office supplies that I would never use.

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The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

A guest blog by Bneato team member Lauren Mang

I first learned of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge from Pinterest while browsing organization ideas (follow my Hyper Organized Board if you dare). If you haven’t already signed up for a Pinterest account, I highly recommend you do. It’s an amazing and essential tool for the paperless lifestyle!

Back to the challenge… My interest was peaked as soon as I realized it was a giant list of rooms/areas to purge. The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge has been featured on a couple of different blogs, but I first learned of it on Little Lucy Lu’s page where she states ‘I love throwing things away like it’s nobody’s business. No, you don’t understand… I LOVE IT.’ Is this woman me?! Because I love it, too!

Here’s the breakdown: Rid your life/house of 40 bags of ‘stuff’ during the 40 days of Lent (which begins February 13, 2013 this year). This includes: junk, clutter, garbage, or things you no longer use or love. Bags do not have to mean great big giant garbage bags – they can be any kind of bag: ziplock bag, brown paper lunch bag, shopping bag, plastic bag, or even 95 gallon trash bags (yes, those exist). You can use the list above (from Little Lucy Lu) or you can create your own list according to your own needs. The point is, challenge yourself to really evaluate your items and make decisions of what you need and what you don’t.

Donate your bags to charity, or if you must, put them in the trash. Lent is traditionally a time when devote Catholics repent or fast. According to Wikipedia, today’s Catholics usually ‘give up a vice of theirs, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.’ It sounds like this challenge covers all three!

So take a page out of a Catholic’s book and give up clutter, give up junk, give up things you no longer love or use. At the end of 40 days you’ll have a better appreciation for the things you kept, and maybe even a small addiction to purging. Trust me, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. We can all learn to live with less… in a matter of only forty days.

*side note: if you read this post after February 13, 2013, feel free to still take on the challenge. You can tailor it to your needs: do 2-3 areas or bags a day, instead  There are no rules other than doing your best to rid yourself of clutter!

7th Annual Organizing Awards… In Pictures!

I was lucky enough to not only have been a presenter at the 7th Annual Organizing Awards–I also was nominated for most innovate organizer (pinch me now). And while I didn’t take home an award, I am truly happy for Regina Lark, my friend and fellow organizer that did win! In the coming weeks, there will be lots more photos on the NAPO-LA Facebook page (as well as the Bneato FB page) so check back if you want to see how organizers party (hint–we’re orderly in our celebrating).



hook me up with these!


i have a thing for driftwood. big time. and although i don’t own anything driftwood… yet… i have tons o’ bookmarks with things i’d like in my home that are comprised of this amazing wood. spotted these hooks in anthropolgie yesterday and had to share. they come in a kajillion colors (okay, more like 8-10) but who’s counting?