Home Improvement Tips

House Cleaning: Turn a Burdensome Chore Into Cash

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Who wants to clean their house? Obviously, no one wants to live in filth, but the idea of going beyond the surface to really clean and organize your place can be daunting. Depending on the size of your home, how many people live with you, and how much stuff you’ve collected over the years, cleaning up your house could take a lot of time and energy. Yet, it’s worth it for more reasons than one.

Old Clothes and Shoes

Chances are your closet, attic, and/or basement are filled with clothes and shoes that you and/or your family can no longer fit. Cleaning these things out of these areas can generate some cash. Sort through your clothes and shoes and place them in piles of things that are damaged and need to be thrown away and things that are in decent condition. The decent clothes and shoes can be sold for cash.

Jewelry and Antiques

If you’ve been holding onto things from generations before you, you’re a collector of antiques, or you happen to have a ton of jewelry that’s tangled, damaged, or unwanted, you could cash in. Take any antiques or things of value to be appraised. You may be able to sell them directly to the dealer or antique shop for cash. Damaged or old gold jewelry can be sold based on its weight and the going rate at the time. Any jewelry of serious value that’s in mint condition or has diamonds can be sold to a jeweler for even more cash.


It seems the average person upgrades their electronics on an annual basis. Vying for more memory, better features, or trendy gadgets, they ditch old electronics and get new ones. Well, as you’re cleaning your house, if you happen across an old cell phone or computer, you can turn this into cash. There are companies who will buy your damaged and outdated electronics for cash. Most require you to send in the device for assessment and then you receive a check in the mail shortly thereafter.

Host a Yard Sale

For everything you find in your home, there is someone out there who would place value on it. Whether it’s just a few quarters or several dollars it all adds up. Once you’ve sold all your really good things like those listed above to various pawn shops, second hand stores, or interested vendors, you can take the rest of what you find in the home and host a yard sale. There are some initial costs, so taking out a small unsecured personal loan might help cover the costs. If you advertise well and live on a street with lots of traffic, you could make a killing selling things you no longer want or need.

You may not like the idea of going room to room and organizing every nook and cranny to eliminate waste, but as you can see from above, it could be a great payday. If it’s been a while since you’ve really cleaned out your house, you might want to roll up your sleeves and get started. It is a very real possibility that you could be sitting on a few hundred or even thousand bucks that could go along way to buying you other stuff you want or need.