This season, simplify, declutter and give to The Salvation Army.  

Today is the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40-day lead up to Easter. Traditionally, the religious observance prepares the believer for Holy Week through prayer and self-denial. Many Christians give up something they enjoy—coffee, chocolate or meat, for example.

But this year, how about give up 40 items?

The Salvation Army has an idea for you this Lent: remove one item from your house each day for 40 days, and then donate the lot to The Salvation Army near you. (See for drop-off locations or to schedule a free pick up.)

Across the U.S., 141 adult rehabilitation centers (ARCs) collect donations from the public that are sold in more than 1,200 family stores nationwide. That income in turn funds a cost-free, biblically based six-month program to overcome addiction for more than 200,000 people a year.

Start your spring cleaning and do good with The Salvation Army this season.