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22 Creative Ways To Turn Your Clutter Into Cash

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With springtime around the corner and people coming out of hibernation, we are all thinking of ways to revamp our life. Maybe even looking for realistic side hustle ideas? Whether you want to simplify your life or go full minimalist, you will need to majorly declutter. Good news is there are ways you can turn your clutter into cash.

No one understands better than me how hard it can be to get motivated. If any of you know me personally, I am pretty lazy. However, the possibility to easily make extra money was the push I needed in the right direction.

As many of you know we also flip guitars on eBay as a side hustle in addition to this blog and our day jobs. Up-cycling furniture or decor is another popular option for turning clutter into cash. I also sell some of our clothes, accessories, etc on Poshmark. Even though we don’t make millions by doing so, it has definitely helped more than we ever thought.

First you need to ask yourself, do you need to get rid of your clutter fast or are you willing to hold out a little longer for a potentially decent payout?

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Here are the ways you can turn your clutter into cash!

Let’s go through the areas of our home and see what we can sell. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! As far as realistic side hustle ideas go, this is as real as it gets.

Let’s start with the basement.

Old electronics and furniture tend to end up on our basements. Along with any old holiday decor, workout equipment, old collections, and any secrets that your family keeps. That last one was a joke. Or was it?

Half of what you find down there you can probably sell online for a nice profit, flip or up-cycle to resell at consignment shops.

1. Make money for your old electronics by selling them to stores like Game Stop, V Stock and pawn shops but will often get nowhere near the amount that they are actually worth.

2. Get paid for your old video games, CD’s, DVD’s, cell phones, tablet’s and even books using the Decluttr app.

3. Get paid for your old smart phones with eBay Valet. If you are in the UK, you can use O2 Recycle to make money with your old cell phones and smart phones.

4. Sell your old textbooks on Amazon. You might even be able to make your money back on all those expensive college textbooks. See how here .

5. Sell collectibles on craigslist or Letgo. Letgo is like a more sophisticated version of craigslist when it comes to listing items for sale locally.

6. Sell or swap your old kid’s clothes and toys at Swap.com, an online consignment shop.

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Into the garage and shed we go.

7. Sell scrap metal at your local scrap yard. This is often easy to find in your garage, shed or yard. Especially if you do not tend to throw away scraps and broken tools as you perform maintenance on your house or vehicle.

8. Make cash off of old aluminum cans and tabs.

9. Sell old car parts for cash on craigslist or eBay.

10. Sell your car online with Vroom.

11. Have a garage or yard sale for any items that you can’t sell that easily online. Use the TallySheetApp to easily keep track of everything you sell or even have group sales with your neighborhood.

12. Use the Varagesale app for any items you couldn’t get rid of at the garage sale.

13. Make money by renting out your lawnmower or weed wacker on Fatlama. You can use Fatlama to rent out anything from a camera to a game console to even your yard tools.

Related: Tips For DIY Yard Cleanup And Landscaping On A Budget

Let’s go through the pantries and closets.

14. Sell designer brands online. If you have brands in high demand such as Coach, Michael Khors, and Kat Von D that you no longer feel attachment to, you can make quite a bit of money on Poshmark. The best thing about Poshmark is you can make good money selling more affordable brands like Old Navy and Nike too. Sign up here and get $5 credited to your account.

15. Sell your old clothes, accessories and handbags of all brands on ThredUp.

16.  Go to your local thrift shop. Check out your local Plato’s closet to see how much you can get for any brands or items that you may be unable to sell online for a profit.

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What have we thrown into any guest rooms?

17. Put up any antiques, collectibles or jewelry up for auction on Tophatter.  You may have accumulated antique items that you have nowhere to put or collections that have no room for anymore. Don’t pitch them because they may end up having a high value. Tophatter is a great way to auction these items off online with little or no hassle.

18. Try eBay for another way of auctioning off items. The more quirky the item, the easier it is to sell.

19. Sell more books. As you are cleaning out the rooms throughout your house, books may keep popping up here and there. If you have no luck selling your books on Amazon, try out sellbackyourbook.com.

20. Up-cycle old pieces of furniture, decor or light fixtures for a unique renovation on a budget or re sell on Etsy. You could even create our own blog and online shop to create a small side hustle or full-time hustle.

Let’s clean out those ‘everything drawers’.

21. Make money with your receipts. How many errands did you run today and shoved those receipts in your ‘junk drawer’ or ‘everything drawer’ or whatever you call it? You can make money by scanning those receipts with Ibotta. Get $10 for signing up with this link.

22. Get money back on your bills. Look through old cable, wifi, phone, and utility bills and ask yourself, should you really be paying that much? Trim is an app that will negotiate lower bills for you. Trim has saved us $66.12 on our AT&T bill since we signed up back on January 4th, 2018! Sign up for free here.

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What other ways have you made money off your old things? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

Daniella

Hey, I’m Daniella, a 29 year old side hustling to pay off debt, live a more sustainable lifestyle, strive for a future of financial freedom and help my readers do the same.
9 comments
  1. I love the Varagesale and Letgo apps! This is a great list of places, a few I’ve never heard of but will definitely try!!

    1. Daniella

      Try them all! Thanks for stopping by, Emma!

  2. Just cleaned out my closet and listed a lot of stuff on my poshmark and am planning to hit up Platos to see what I can get from the rest of my stuff. Great post!

    1. Daniella

      I love Plato’s but wish they had higher payouts. Poshmark is great if you are willing to put in the wait! On the other hand, some stuff can sell there pretty fast though.

  3. Hey Daniella!

    Over the years you can accumulate a lot of extra stuff. I think this is why people do a spring cleaning. Not sure why most do it in spring. I guess it is in the winter is just too cold, and in the summer you just want to enjoy the weather, so spring seems to be the right time.

    Your tips here are helpful!

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Best regards! 😀

    1. Daniella

      Yea not sure why we do our cleaning in the spring but seems to be that way. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I love this whole post! Thank you for breaking it down by room and by the random items around the house! That makes it super easy, because I’ve deifnitely been wanting to get into selling old stuff and maybe flipping stuff to sell.

    1. Daniella

      Glad I was able to help! Thanks for stopping by Shelby 🙂

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