Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 17th and ends the day before Easter on Saturday, April 3rd. I've been asked before: Why does Lent run for forty days? As I understand it, it has to do with the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent fasting in the desert while being tempted by the Devil.

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During Lent, we are to give up something for those 40 days. You might give up eating certain kinds of foods, stay off social media, or give up a bad habit like gossip. The point is to give something up and in my opinion, it's never too late to start Lent.

Maybe Lent isn't your thing, then I have something else for you to try. It's an idea that I saw for the first time last year and it's a win-win for everyone involved. It's the 40 days - 40 items challenge.

Each day during Lent, remove one item from your house that you don't use or wear anymore and put it into a bag. The great thing about this challenge is that it includes more than just clothes.

Maybe you bought a new microwave and nothing is wrong with the old one. Instead of throwing it out, make that one of your items. Look in your closet and cupboards, you'll be amazed at what you find in there that you don't use anymore.

When Lent is over, donate the items to a charity or a shelter of your choice. It's never too late to start and it's easy to catch up. Start today and add an additional item until you catch up.

You'll feel better by getting rid of the clutter in your home and you'll be helping out someone that you've never met.

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