Make Money from Your Spring Cleaning
Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Some people look forward to spring cleaning. Others dread having to do so much work in a short span of time. Procrastinators may also need an extra incentive to get going on this task. Did you know that there are some ways to make money as a result of your spring cleaning? Try some of these tips.
How to Make Money From Your Spring Cleaning
Sell Your Spring Clothing
Cleaning out your closets often results in a pile of clothing that is no longer wanted or needed. You only wore that spring dress once and have now grown tired of it. Your children outgrew last year’s spring t-shirts, dresses, and light clothing. If those items are in new or “gently used” conditions, you might be able to sell them.
Consignment stores are a great place to start. Get information about what kinds of clothing they are currently accepting, and learn how they want you to bring it in. If you move quickly, you can get the spring clothing you want to sell into the store before other people do. This increases your chance of not only selling it but also selling it at a nice price.
Tax Deductible Donations
You can get a tax deduction for donating clothing and other household items to Goodwill. Bring in your items. An attendant will look them over and decide the value. You will receive a receipt for the value of those items. Don’t lose that receipt! You can use it as a tax deduction when you file your income taxes.
Organize a Yard Sale
One way to make money on the unwanted items that you found while you were spring cleaning is to have a yard sale (or garage sale). You could make a few dollars on items that you have no need or use for. Does your community have a weekend where everyone holds a garage sale? Plan ahead so you can join in. You have a better chance of getting “foot traffic” during a multi-family garage sale event than if you held a random yard sale on your own.
Sell Your Services
Are you someone who loves to clean? You might be able to sell your spring cleaning services to close friends and relatives. You get to earn money doing something that you enjoy. Your loved one gets to avoid doing their own spring cleaning by allowing a trusted person to do it for them. Relatives who have health issues that make it difficult for them to do their own cleaning might not mind “helping you out” by paying you to clean for them.