How To Make Money From Decluttering This Spring
Spring is finally here – although with the weather in the UK you might not think so! Therefore, so is the season of decluttering and organising your life.
I’m sure that many of us have an unnecessary amount of clutter that we have accumulated over the years and have never gotten round to sorting through. So, to save you the hassle, I have collated a list that you can work through and get your Spring cleaning fever to a flying start, while making money along the way!
Keep reading to find out how to make money from decluttering this Spring.
Declutter Your Wardrobe
Start by pulling everything out of your wardrobe and sort your clothes and accessories into 3 piles: keep; sell and throw away/donate to charity.
Perhaps you own a dress that is far too big for you and you are just keeping it to hold onto old memories?
To make this process easier for you, ask yourself if you have worn the item in the past 6 months. If the answer is no, get rid of it!
You can make money from this process by selling your old clothes on second-hand clothing websites such as eBay. What is the point in keeping clutter around your home when you could be making money from it?
Potential Earnings: £100+
Make Money From Your Old Phone
If you have recently upgraded your mobile phone, there’s a good chance that your old phone has just been shoved in a drawer somewhere in your house. However, you may be sitting on a small fortune without even realising.
There are many sites and high street shops that will buy your old phone from you, for very little hassle and a decent amount of money, depending on the model and the condition of the phone.
If you are using an online site, they will ask you questions such as: does the phone turn on; does the screen have any scratches and what network is the phone on. It is as simple as posting the phone to the site and the money will be deposited in your bank account within a few days.
I looked on a few sites to see how much money I would get for an iPhone 6S 16GB unlocked phone in good condition and the results were as follows:
- Mazuma Mobile – £65
- Envirofone – £60
- Music Magpie – £60.10
Sell Your Old CDs, DVDs and Games
With new technology evolving more and more every day, we can use our phones for pretty much everything. It’s like having your own personal assistant!
Most people don’t have a use for their old CDs or DVDs anymore because of subscription applications like Spotify and Netflix. You can have all of your media in one place and it works out cheaper in the long run.
This leaves old discs lying around gathering dust with no use anymore, which can take up a lot of space in your home.
However do not worry, there are many sites that will treasure your old games and DVDs and yes, they will actually pay you for them!
All you need to do is price up your items on a reliable site, put your items in a box and send them to the company and the cash will be deposited into your bank account within days.
Potential Earnings: £20
Organise Your Bookshelf
If you consider yourself a bookworm, I am sure that your bookshelf will be as jam packed as mine is.
If you want to reduce your book collection to make room for some new reads AND make money at the same time, you can sell your old books and textbooks that you don’t need anymore or donate them to charity so someone else has the opportunity to read them.
Potential Earnings: £30
Get Down To Your Local Car Boot Sale
After you have completed your major decluttering session – and let’s hope you have had some willpower when it comes to getting rid of things! – you might be left over with a ton of things to sell that would either take too long to list on the internet or are maybe too big to send in the post.
This is where car boots sales come in handy! You can find a list of car boot sales that are happening near you online. You can even have a jumble sale outside your home, which requires very little time and effort!
Car boot sales are a form of market where people come together to sell anything from clothes and cosmetics to tools and gardening equipment. It’s a way of selling on your old items that would have otherwise been thrown away to people that can find use for them.
Potential Earnings: £10 – £300
Sell Your Old Trash For Cash
There are some sites that will actually pay you for things that you are going to throw away anyway, which is a win-win situation for you!
I mean, what could be better than getting a few extra pennies from flogging things you aren’t going to keep in the first place?
Trash than you can sell on includes old toilet rolls, jam jars, coat hangers, plastic milk bottle tops and empty perfume bottles. Yes I was surprised too when I first found this out!
Popular coffee shops such as Pret A Manger discounts your coffee by 50p if you bring your own cup, which means you can even make money from old coffee cups! Starbucks and Costa also knock 25p off your coffee price for the same reason.
Potential Earnings: £10
Sell Your Old Gold
Selling your old gold can be a quick and easy way to make money. You can take your old gold that is maybe broken or that you don’t wear anymore to the jewellers or send it to a postal hold website to cash in on it.
However, gold can often be considered an investment so do some research on when the best time is to sell your gold to maximise your profit.
So there are all my decluttering and organising tips. I hope this post has motivated you to discover the hidden gems laying in your house.
If you use any of these methods or you want to share your own decluttering tips, make sure to tweet me @BritOnABudget1 or let me know in the comments below!