With spring in the air, it’s a great chance to clear any clutter around the house. Why not boost your income while you’re at it?
With the lighter evenings and the weather starting to perk up, many of us like to roll up our sleeves and start a good old-fashioned spring clean.
Now more than ever, we’re asking ourselves whether our possessions really ‘spark joy’ in our lives – and if they don’t, why are we holding onto them?
We take a look at how you can turn your clutter into cash.
Where can I start?
Dig through your wardrobe
Are your wardrobes stuffed with clothes you rarely use? Tired of rummaging through piles of clothes before you find something you actually want to wear?
Make some time to root through your clothes and ask yourself what you can part with. Whether it’s a top you never seem to wear or a birthday gift that’s not quite your style, there’s no need for it to clog up space in your wardrobe.
Ask yourself how many times you’ve worn the item over the past six months – if it’s a big fat zero, the chances are you won’t even notice it gone.
Look in the loft
When it comes to clutter, the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ technique is a firm favourite. But when was the last time you had a good clear-out in the loft?
If it’s been a while, there could be loads of opportunities to sell some unused or replaced items. Those old books or toys gathering dust could even have gone up in value – so you could make a profit on your loft clutter.
Remember to have a family member or friend on hand to hold the ladder in place and help you pass any items down.
Clear your bookcase
If you’ve got mounds of books or DVDs cluttering your home, you could free up loads of space by selling these. With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and devices like Kindles, our collection of books and films can often be found in one place.
Even if you’re a fan of keeping things traditional, you can still get rid of any books or DVDs you no longer read or watch.
Give up your gadgets
That waffle machine seemed like a good purchase at the time – but how many times have you used it? Lots of us have fancy but one-off gadgets lying around the kitchen or garden that no longer see the light of day.
Got a faulty laptop or an old smartphone knocking about? Even if it’s not fully functioning, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get any cash for it.
How can I sell my stuff?
The obvious choice is eBay, but you can also add listings for free on Facebook marketplace. Take a look at these other apps to help you make cash from your old stuff:
CDs, DVDs, video games, gaming systems, textbooks, smartphones, Apple products, Kindles, Lego sets.
Cars, furniture, phones, household items, women’s clothing and shoes, electronics and computers, baby and kids, auto parts, jewellery and watches, sports and outdoors, collectables and art.
Antiques, appliances, arts and crafts, cars and trucks, auto parts, baby and kids, beauty and health, CDs, DVDs, phones, clothing and shoes, furniture, games, toys, household items.
Mostly clothing and accessories, but you’re not limited to specific categories.
Fashion, accessories, home and garden, electronics, baby and child, sports, leisure, games, movies, books, music, cars, and motors.
Trade it in
If you’ve got an old device, many retailers – like Apple – allow you to trade it in to get a refund. There are also high street stores like CEX who will buy your old electronics (plus DVDs, games etc.) from you.
Swap with friends
Bored of your wardrobe? Tired of spending money on new paperbacks? A fun way to replace your old stuff is to host a swap night with your friends. You might not make any cash, but you’ll be getting rid of your used stuff – while getting new things from like-minded pals in the process!
Take it to auction
If you’ve found something you think is worth a penny or two, why not take it to auction? Find out where your local auction house is and get your item valued.
Car boot sale
We Brits love a car boot sale – it’s a great chance to meet new people and get out in the open while flogging all of your clutter. Sites like Car Boot Junction or local Facebook groups will help you find upcoming car boots near your area.
Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.