Springtime has long been associated with the act of decluttering and this year, there is no doubt that many people will try to ‘spark joy’ by parting with items they no longer need. But why just toss those items when you could make some serious cash selling them online? While you're at it, why not look locally for something to refresh your space? After all, no one wants to pay those pesky shipping costs.
- You can start spring cleaning in minutes, using apps you already have on your phone. Just snap a few photos, write a brief description, and name your price. You can message buyers and even receive payment on Messenger.
- Not sure what to sell? Spring is the perfect time to sell seasonal items such as winter coats and boots that will likely last kids only one year. In turn, you can score deals on items to be used in the warmer weather.
- Once you've cleared some room, give your home a new look by refreshing your space with home decor and furniture sourced locally. Type in a search for what you're looking for - end tables, artwork, mirrors, and more - then narrow it down by price and what's nearest to you.
- It's also a good time to spring clean your finances. Decluttering means more money in your pocket, which you can use to pay down debts, contribute to retirement, or create an emergency fund.
Evette Ríos is a Puerto Rican television host, lifestyle expert, writer and native New Yorker. She is the host of The Way Home on Lifetime and A&E and Recipe Rehab airing on CBS, Z Living and Hulu. Latina Magazine has embraced Evette as one of the “50 Reasons to Love Being Latina Right Now,” calling her the “Mobile Martha Stewart.” Evette is also a regular contributor in fluent Spanish to Univison’s Despierta América, Tu Desayuno Alegre, Al Despertar and Telemundo’s Buenos Dias Nueva York. Evette spent years as contributing design expert and “buddy” on Rachael Ray, where she became known for fabulous hands-on advice, innovative crafts, and dramatic room revisions. Evette is a consummate re-user and re-purposer and inspires her fans with ecofriendly ideas on a regular basis. As the “Salvage Queen” on Planet Green’s flagship show, The GWord she spared the environment while spotlighting green art and sustainable solutions and created amazing furniture from curbside junk. Evette was also previously the host/designer on Freestyle (HGTV), and TLC’s home repair show In A Fix.