Spring Cleaning: Less Stuff Means More Space, More Time and More Money

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Spring officially started in late March, but with rainstorms and cold spells making weather unpredictable, it's been hard to get excited about spring cleaning. Now, though, warm weather seems to be settling in for good, and with yard-sale season just around the corner, it's the perfect time to clear out those cluttered closets and basements, organize those overflowing kitchen drawers and maybe even tackle the attic and basement. After all, you never know what you might find.

When it comes to spring cleaning, fighting the mess is only half the battle; the other half of the struggle lies in overcoming sentimental attachment to possessions that are outgrown, old, broken or otherwise no longer useful. With that in mind, here are some tips for taking control of your mess -- and your feelings about it -- and putting a few bucks back in your pocket while doing so.



Bruce Watson is DailyFinance's Savings editor. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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alfredschrader

Most Americans have so much junk they can't even park their car in the garage. Then they aquire even more junk and have to rent a storage unit for it. Worse they have four trash cans filled to the brim on trash days. All of this is basically throwing money away. De-program the Home Shopping Channel out of your remote. Don't buy everything you see. Do a tiny bit of planning before you buy anything, especially if there is a more practical method and consider what will ultimately happen to it at the end of its service life. A little thought can save you thousands of dollars.

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