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Rethinking Spring Cleaning

Pssst! We wanted to let you in on a contest going on at our sister site, Everybody Loves Coupons. They're giving away a $250 Bed Bath and Beyond gift card to one lucky blogger - all you have to do is write a 300 word post about your tips and tricks for spring cleaning. We're bummed we can't enter, but Mitchy is chiming in about how she does the job.

Spring cleaning for me isn't about scrubbing. Having a job that requires you look at things to buy all day long doesn't help with the accumulation of stuff (ahem, I actually did buy one of these), so this year the focus of my spring cleaning is purging the unnecessary and de-cluttering to draw more attention to the absolutely fabulous.

It really helps me to look at one room at a time. For example, I have one of those EXPEDIT bookcases from IKEA; it's a great storage piece but it holds a lot of stuff that maybe when I sit there and think about it, I don't really need. Textbooks from college that I really don't ever need to reference again? Sell 'em. Meaningless doohickey I bought because it was a quarter at a garage sale? Gone. I do this pretty much everywhere in the house and have a pretty good box-o-stuff to take to Goodwill.

The hardest part is my closet, but I've been able to get rid of a lot by assessing what I actually wear, and what I'm just keeping around for sentimental reasons. I recently got rid of a halter dress that I wore on an early date with my husband and it was HARD, people, but I don't think I had worn it since. But there are pictures from the occasion so I could let it go, along with lots of other similar things. And now that I have less clothes, I can buy more, right?!!?! Well maybe a little, but a process like this makes you become more familiar with what you have and you see what really isn't necessary to buy (hellooo sequin mini-dress). I similarly liquidated a lot of my costume jewelry and opted to hang it all from hooks (The Container Store has tons of jewelry storage ideas) - and trust me, being able to see everything makes it much easier to get dressed. It feels good to pare down - and spring cleaning isn't such a drag if you think of it more of a rearranging and evaluation of all your stuff. You might even find something fierce in the depths of your closet that you forgot all about!

mitchy-dino.jpgMitchy here: I'd be happy to never put on another pair of pants. What this means for you is that I love all kinds of dress shopping - especially cute patterned dresses and party dresses. I also love colorful apparel and jewelry as well as vintage-styled home decor. Other things I don't usually put on resumes: expert cat wrangler, road tripper, and connoisseur of bad movies.

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