Making extra money is always a good thing. Especially if you’re decluttering in the process. Here’s some ways to make spring cleaning really pay off.
You may not think of spring cleaning as a way to make money. But here are some helpful ideas to help you cash in come spring season:
1. Pick up side jobs cleaning for others.
Cleaning for others can be an excellent way to make extra cash. Notice what we didn’t say, though: easy. It can be hard, especially if you’ve never done it before. So talk to relatives, friends, or people who just need the extra help.
Tips for success:
- Price yourself fairly, and figure out how much your time is worth per hour.
- Research how to tackle spring cleaning, and the supplies you will need.
- Walk around the spaces before you agree on a price to get an idea of how much time you think you’ll need to make it sparkle.
- If your job includes decluttering or cleaning in places with “collections,” remember to keep an eye out for possible treasures.
- If you’re keen on antiquing or vintage finds, you may be able to trade your services for a particular item – and flip it for more money.
2. Declutter and hold a garage sale.
You have stuff. You may want to get rid of said stuff. So it makes sense to hold a yard sale in the spring.
Tips for success:
- Use free listing sources to get the word out about your yard sale. Check for listing sources on Craigslist, local Facebook yard sale groups, and your local community magazines or newspaper for opportunities to advertise for free.
- Take photos and make a detailed list of the types of items you plan on selling when you post online.
- Also consider partnering with neighbors to have a larger sale. The more the merrier when it comes to yard sales.
3. Donate unsold items or unused items.
If you hold a yard sale, you’ll likely have things leftover. Call local charities to find out if they pick up items. Often they will if you have enough to make it worth their while. Otherwise, load up the pickup or SUV, you’re going to the local donation center. Donating pays, because you’ll be able to deduct a portion of the amount you donate.
Tips for success: Call around. Some charities will pick-up if they have the resources. Also, make sure the charity is current on their 501(c)3 status – that’s the only type of charity you can donate to and earn the write off. Make sure when tax time comes around, you use a tax prep option that can maximize your deduction, and it’s a bonus if it’s free.
4. Scrap it.
If you’re looking for something to do with that large metal something from your backyard (chain-link fencing, old patio table and chairs, etc.), consider taking it to the scrap yard. Metal scrappers will pay you per pound for your items.
Tips for success: Call before you go, because some types of metal are worth more than others.
5. Recycle it.
If you’re like me, you probably have an old iPhone or computer lying around. Well you can turn that into cash. Look at sites like Gazelle or EcoATM for payout options.
Tips for success: Research here is key. Decide whether you want a payout or a credit for something else. Sites like Amazon and Best Buy offer store credit in addition to the other sites mentioned, who only pay in cash.
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