The best way to get motivated about spring cleaning and de-hoarding is to realize that yes, you can actually make money from cleaning out your old stuff. Here are five ways to profit short-term from a de-cluttering season.
Sell all your old appliances and electronics. You can use Craigslist or eBay to sell off appliances and other merchandise that you never use anymore. You can probably get more money off eBay than Craigslist, but there’s no guarantee eBay will buy everything. If that happens, take a pay off via Craigslist and just make back your investment. It’s fast and no hassle. You can also use new localized apps like OfferUp if eBay is too complicated or Craigslist doesn’t send you any traffic.
Sell your old books or CDs online. Brick and mortar bookstores may not want them but there are many online bookstores and music retailers that will buy your old music, movies and books and resell them. A spokesperson for Eagle Saver, a platform that allows people to sell books, CDs and more says, “Selling your old music, movies and books is a crapshoot inside physical bookstores. You might not get anything for them. But with an online company like ours, you get the best suggested market price. And you don’t have to worry about bids, auctions or having to meet up with someone in a physical location to make the trade.”
Rent out your large appliances or party supplies. Pool tables, digital cameras, camping tents, and other large or expensive items can be rented out during your “off season” and can make you some money. Even if you’re not ready to part with your favorite “toy” you can still make money off business acquaintances by either letting them take the item for a limited time or making use of it on your property. Just to make sure you don’t get ripped off, always take collateral before giving anyone your equipment. Peer to peer lending is a rising trend known as “shared economy.”
Recycle your stuff. Whether you want to sell all your old things at a garage sale or re-gift them to someone else, you’re eventually going to see profit by recycling your old items. Garage sales do cost a fee to host, but if you have multiple items of value you can list a garage sale in your local paper or on Craigslist and get some passersby traffic. If that doesn’t wield any profit consider recycling through re-gifting items for Christmas (and save money on having to buy new gifts) or if all else fails, donate them to charity AND count it as a tax write off.
There are always ways to make money when it’s time to de-clutter your house. These are all items with value, however low or high, and in bulk they can give you some financial motivation to start spring cleaning early.