Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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Whether you want to simplify your life or go full minimalist, you will need to declutter majorly. 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 and accessories 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!

Smart ways to convert 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.

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Let’s start with the basement

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

Old electronics and furniture tend to end up in 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.

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1. Make money for your old electronics

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You can sell them to stores like GameStop, V Stock, and pawnshops, but you will often get nowhere near the amount that they are actually worth.

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2. Get paid for your old video games

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

Sell CDs, DVDs, cell phones, tablets, and even books using the Decluttr app.

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3. Get paid for your old smartphones

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

Use Amazon Trade-in to sell your old smartphones. If you are in the United Kingdom, you can use O2 Recycle to make money with your old cell phones and smartphones.

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4. Sell your old textbooks

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You might be able to make your money back on all those expensive college textbooks by selling them on Amazon. See how here.

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5. Sell collectibles on craigslist or Letgo.

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

Letgo is like a more sophisticated version of craigslist when it comes to listing items for sale locally.

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6. Sell or swap your old kid’s clothes and toys

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You can swap these items at Swap.com, an online consignment shop.

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Into the garage and shed we go

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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7. Sell scrap metal at your local scrap yard

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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.

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8. Collect aluminum cans and tabs

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You can make cash off of old aluminum cans and tabs.

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9. Sell old car parts

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You can make cash on craigslist or eBay by selling old car parts.

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10. Sell your car online

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You can sell your car online with Vroom and make some cash.

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11. Have a garage or yard sale for any hard-to-sell items online

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

Use the TallySheetApp to easily keep track of everything you sell or even have group sales with your neighborhood

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12. Use an app to help you sell tough items

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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

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13. Rent out your lawnmower or weed whacker

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You can use Fatllama to rent out anything from a camera to a game console to even your yard tools.

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Let’s go through the pantries and closets

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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14. Sell designer brands online

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

If you have brands in high demand, such as Coach, Michael Kors, and Kat Von D, that you no longer feel an 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.

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15. Sell non-designer brands online

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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

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16. Go to your local thrift shop

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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?

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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17. Put up any antiques, collectibles, or jewelry up for auction

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

You may have accumulated antique items that you have nowhere to put or collections that you have no room for any more. 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.

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18. Try eBay for another way of auctioning off items

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

The more quirky the item, the easier it is to sell it on eBay.

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19. Sell more books

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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.

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20. Up-cycle old pieces of furniture, decor, or light fixtures

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

Make up-cycling old pieces you own a unique renovation on a budget, or resell them on Etsy. You could even create your own blog and an online shop to create a small side hustle or full-time hustle.

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Let’s clean out those ‘everything drawers’

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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21. Make money with your receipts

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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.

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22. Get money back on your bills

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

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 Jan. 4, 2018!

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Last but not least, make sure to budget

Smart ways to convert your clutter into cash

What better way to keep track of expenses than with a fun and FREE budget planner!? Writing everything down is the best solution I have found to stay on track and stick to a budget. This is why I created a budget planner and printable tracker that can be used to create a budget from scratch with little to no effort! All you have to do is fill it out every month to help you stick to that budget.

Keep in mind that everyone has different financial needs depending on their financial situation. There may be some sections and categories in this planner that may or may not apply to you. There may also be some additional sections and categories that apply to your financial situation but are not included in this freebie planner.

This article originally appeared on ILikeToDabble.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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