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Where to start clearing out the clutter? Don't be ashamed of using helpful shortcuts, bring in the experts when necessary, and most importantly—take things one step at a time.
- Clean out the closet. Invite your most brutally honest friend over to help you decide which items are salvageable and which need to hit the road. Take the discarded duds to Elite Repeat in St. Paul, where 50 percent of the selling value goes into your pocket—or to replenishing your newly spacious closet. 1336 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-699-2315, eliterepeatstpaul.com
- Donate old furniture—the easy way. If you’re looking to unload furniture but don’t want to deal with the hassle of transporting it, download the Salvation Army Family Store app, which allows you to schedule a free pickup and donate the item to their Family Stores. Proceeds from your donation go to their adult rehabilitation program.
- Consider bringing in a pro. Take spring cleaning to the next level by hiring a professional to rid you of unwanted clutter. Leslie DeMuth, owner of Simply Organize, is an expert at creating order amidst chaos—all you have to do is let her. facebook.com/simplyorganizemn
- Freshen up your walls. Score some original art at Art-a-Whirl, the annual celebration of spring’s return and a hotbed of local artist talent. May 16-18, nemaa.org/art-a-whirl