The Deal: Get organized for less money <br>(sweat and aggravation still required)

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The ‘spring cleaning’ impulse is not one I have. Never, not once, have I experienced an urge to give my house a top-to-bottom scouring because of the season. To me, spring is about being outside and smelling freesias, not putting away my winter wardrobe (this is California after all) or contemplating garage organization.

That said, the Container Store’s spring organization sale offers so many discounts on cool tools that I almost feel emboldened to face my jam-packed garage. From kitchen to bedroom, the annual sale features discounts on everything you need to get organized.

The platinum elfa freestanding reach-in closet, shown above, for instance, is marked down to $909.09 from $1,175.09. Other reduced elfa products include room dividers, mudroom setup and entertainment systems. The sale also features drawer organizers, cabinet and pantry organizers, clear storage boxes and Simplehuman trash and recycling bins. (The nifty 13 gallon two-part trash-and-recycling bin at right is reduced from $179 to $129.)

But that’s not all. The Container Store is also offering free organization demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. through May 9. They’ll even give away one $25 gift card at every demonstration. There are three stores nearby: Pasadena, Century City and Costa Mesa.


-- Lisa Boone