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    Everyone keeps talking about this "spring cleaning" I'm supposed to be doing. And you know what? Mama ain't got no time for that. But sometimes occasions arise in which we must make our homes look presentable to guests. Easter and Passover are coming, and while we don't have time to do a thorough top-to-bottom job, maybe we can carve out an hour to dig ourselves out of the worst of it.

    So how about this: 8 simple steps for a quick, good-enough spring cleaning. (Those of you with high standards may want to look the other way.) Then share with us your favorite quick-cleaning tricks.

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    My apartment is about the size of a doll house, so I love space-saving anything. But in order to really work for me, a piece must do double-duty. I'm talking serious multifunctionality -- look good, do two different jobs, and maybe even fold the laundry. (Someone is going to invent that someday ... ) Here's 7 very chic double-duty ideas that will help keep the clutter at bay.

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    Got small closet woes? Well, don't despair. There are lots of cool tricks for making your closet bigger. Alright, alright, these tips won't magically make your closet physically bigger for reals. However, they WILL allow you to fit in a lot more clothes and accessories and shoes and stuff, and that's what counts, right?

    Over on The Prowl, we rounded up all kinds of smart tools and solutions for maximizing closet space. Check out this sneak peek of cool, space-saving ideas and finally get more out of that closet of yours, little as she may be.

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    When it comes to the contents of your drawers, closets, storage spaces, and everything in between -- do you tend to be a bit of a pack rat sometimes? Yeah ... me too.

    We're all guilty of hanging onto things we "just can't bear to part with" for whatever reason -- even though some of them are so ridiculous, it's impossible to understand why we bother keeping them.

    And even though we're not quite done with winter yet, it's never too early to hop on the spring cleaning bandwagon.

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    So, you want to be a parent. And you want your home to look reasonably civilized. Are you nucking futz?!? I'm joking. Of course you can do both -- sort of. But you're going to have to corral what I call Toy Creep. That's when you start out saying the toys belong in your kids' rooms and/or playroom, period. But since you all spend time together in shared spaces like the family room, little by little, those toys find their way out. And they collect. Next thing you know, you're on a deep sea search through the blocks trying to find your TV remote.

    So let's talk about how you're going to give up and accept the fact that toys happen in the den -- and how you're going to corral those toys so you don't feel like the toys are totally taking over your life. Which they are. But your home doesn't have to look like it. 

    More from The Stir: 7 Amazing Designs for Kids' Spaces

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    What's your policy on toys in your child's bedroom? Yay or nay? Sometimes you don't have much of a choice which is why I knew I had to share this inspirational space that manages to make a bedroom and playroom work together seamlessly as one.

    Click through to see all of the amazing details below:

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    A living space can go from organized to cluttered in the blink of an eye. However, with some unique storage solutions and organizers for the home, you can make life a lot simpler.

    Think of those mini disasters that give you the most frustration as you try to leave the house each morning. Do you misplace your car keys? Or maybe you can never find that second earring. Over on The Prowl, we've collected some helpful and decorative ways to solve some of the most common clutter dilemmas.

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    Sigh. If you're anything like me, you always think having people over sounds like a great idea -- until those few hours before they show up when you're frantically trying to straighten up the house. It never fails -- somehow we always wind up cleaning right up until the very last minute.

    No matter how hard we try and carve out extra time to get everything in tip top shape before a get-together, it always seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day. So we have to get a little creative when it comes to "faking" a clean house before entertaining.

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    Small spaces can present such a challenge when it comes to designing a nursery, which is why I love sharing examples of how to do it right! This nursery for baby girl Margot is tight quarters to be sure, but everything is so light and bright and fits perfectly, so who cares? 

    Check out the photos to see what I mean ...

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    Playrooms seem to inevitably end up as a dumping ground for all sorts of miscellaneous toys and housewares. Which is maybe why I'm drawn to these images of clean, modern spaces that are decidedly free of clutter and excess. I mean, how many toys does a kid really need?

    Don't get me wrong, I get that a sleek aesthetic like this one can come across as rather sterile and impersonal at times, but in this case, I can really appreciate the simplicity, especially in the context of a playroom. Less is more, yes? 

    Here are more modern playroom inspirations below!

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