Budgeting & Saving

How to Make Money Cleaning Out Your Home This Spring

It's time for spring cleaning, and you know what that means: long weekends stuck in the house only to break for the occasional trip to the home improvement store. But what if spring cleaning could also mean putting some extra money in your pocket?

Saving money while cleaning out your house is easy if you repeat to yourself: One person's trash is another person's treasure. Instead of tossing all your old junk into garbage bags, try reselling some of it.

The internet has made selling your belongings easy. To learn more about how you can turn your junk into some extra cash this spring, check out these tips:

1. Create Accounts With Online Marketplaces

To sell your stuff online, you'll need accounts with at least one, if not several, online marketplaces. Consider creating seller accounts with eBay, Amazon, Craigslist and other online marketplaces so that when it comes time to list your items, you have all the technical details set.

Once you establish accounts, you can use these platforms as research tools to find out what type of items actually have resale value. Also, don't forget about a good old yard sale. While online marketplaces help you gain greater exposure, sometimes hocking your items from your driveway can be just as effective.

2. Put All Salvageable Items Into a Designated Pile

The whole point of spring cleaning is to de-clutter, so make sure to put the stuff you want to sell in a designated area, like a corner in your garage, where it won't take up too much room. Doing this will help you stay organized as you're cleaning, and will help down the line when you go to list your belongings for sale online.

3. Research Your Items' Value

As you find things you think you might be able to sell, it's important you have an idea of their value. Research each item before setting it aside so you don't end up with a pile of stuff you can't sell.

4. Take Quality Pictures of the Items

It may not seem too important, but a top-quality photo could be the deciding factor in whether or not your stuff sells. Try to take pictures of your items in good lighting and without too many other things in the frame. You could also use something solid—like a plain white bed sheet—as a backdrop to improve photo quality.

5. Set Realistic Sales Goals

Again, the point of spring cleaning is to de-clutter. Making money from doing that is great, but not if it means creating new clutter with all the things you are trying to sell. Setting realistic goals—like donating items or throwing them out after two weeks if they don't sell—can help you keep your cleaning goals on track, while still giving you a chance to make some extra cash.

While there will be some extra work involved if you decide to sell some of your belongings, you may find that cleaning out your house this spring can actually be rewarding in more than one way.