We have all heard about spring cleaning, but maybe it would be a good idea to consider doing a good cleaning of your home any time of the year.
Doing a good cleaning is a good idea not just for cleanliness’ sake, but in order to declutter the house and make some money in the process. You can even donate unwanted items to some good causes!
We all have unexpected expenses that pop up throughout the year. Whether it’s the unexpected Christmas gifts that leave us with a January spending hangover, the unexpected car repair bill that leave us pulling our hair out, or an exciting but expensive and unplanned trip for a friend’s wedding.
We all have the unforeseen expenses that pop up, and making a bit of extra money by selling things to help pay for those expenses is a great idea.
Here are some things you might want to do in a decluttering and cleaning month:
1. Sell Old Clothes.
If you have kids, you know how quickly they go through clothes.
If you have any name brand clothes such as Gymboree, Gap, or Janie and Jack, sell these on eBay. Remember, late February and March are great times to sell kids’ spring and summer clothes.
Take other items to a consignment shop or try to sell them on Craigslist or Facebook.
If you have professional clothes you have outgrown or no longer wear, you can also sell them on Craigslist or take them to a consignment shop.
2. Sell Or Trade In Old Electronics.
We all seem to have electronic grave yards somewhere in our homes. There are many sites that let you send in your electronics; in return, you earn a small sum of money.
Some sites to try include Decluttr, Gazelle, SellShark.com, Buyback Boss or BuyBack World.
If you have recent Apple products, you can also make a good amount of money selling them on eBay.
3. Sell Your Odds And Ends
Chances are you have random miscellaneous items you no longer use.
That exercise bike that seemed like such a good idea three years ago is sitting in the corner of your bedroom serving as a make shift clothes rack. Your old baby gates may be collecting dust down stairs. All of these items can be listed on Craigslist.
Have a bunch of baby related items? Sell them on a local Facebook yard sale group.
For best results, set a goal for yourself to get all of the items out of your house within a two week window. That will encourage you to price things aggressively.
4. Sell Extra Gift Cards.
If you got some gift cards for Christmas that you won’t use or if you find some while cleaning, sell them.
You can sell them on eBay or one of the sites that buys gift cards like Gift Card Granny.
5. Clean Up Your Zombie Accounts
The new year is the perfect time to look at all of the recurring expenses that you have every month.
Do you have zombie accounts that drain you of money but you get nothing back in return? Perhaps it is a gym membership you no longer use but pay for every month or a premium cable package when you rarely watch television.
Finally, if you have things that you are unable to sell but want out of your home, consider giving to charity. The site thegivingeffect.com can help connect you to charities that are looking for new or in good condition clothing and household items. Some are also looking for food donations, so take the time to declutter your pantry, too, and get rid of those items you don’t think you will eat in the next month or two.
Now is the perfect time to declutter and make some money or give to a worthwhile charity. You’ll feel better having a clean house as well as some extra cash in your pocket.
I just got finished cleaning out my closet over the Christmas break and have a lot of clothes that don’t fit anymore. Selling them is a great idea and will help me earn some extra money! I might even be able to trade some things with friends and get some ‘new’ things for myself!
Ramona @ Personal Finance Today says
Decluttering is always a great way to clean up the house and earn a decent buck in the process. We usually donate daughter’s clothing and shoes, but there’s enough stuff we could sell. It’s possible to do more of this in the next months, since I’m tired of all the mess in the house.