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Spring cleaning can earn fast cash


Are you overwhelmed with stuff at your home? Now is the time to do a spring cleaning and either sell or give away the things you’re no longer using.

You may have heard me talk about the Simplicity Movement that’s all about making due with less. This movement has largely been a reaction to us as a people chasing our tails buying things that we later don’t even remember we have … and then they collect dust in our homes.

But times may be changing. A new survey done by Havas Worldwide found that half of roughly 10,000 respondents say they could have a happy life without many of the possessions they have.

We think of spring as a time of renewal. So how about getting rid of your stuff — electronics, furniture and accessories — that you no longer use?

When I talk to people who are in debt, I tell them to do “the closet test.” Go in your closets and write down everything you have that you didn’t remember you bought, or things that didn’t make it out of the packaging. Then get rid of it by selling it.

Here’s how to make money fast by doing spring cleaning

Sell it

For clothing: Buffalo Exchange (or your local consignment store)

For furniture: Craigslist

For antiques: eBay

Selling electronics

Glyde.com for gadgets and games

Gazelle.com for Apple products, plus Android, BlackBerry and other phones

Gizmogul.com lets you sell old phones for cash and donate to charity at the same time

NewtonsHead.com for Apple products, even damaged iPhones

BuyBackWorld.com or BuyMyTronics.com for all electronics

NextWorth.com for phones, cameras, tablets and games

Swappa.com for Android devices

Donate it

Of course, life is not all about how to make money fast. There’s also a good feeling you get when you give something away and expect nothing in return.

If that’s more your style, there’s always Goodwill and the Salvation Army. But if you have unused home improvement items, you might consider Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores. Whatever they sell helps raises funds to build affordable housing for working people.

And then you can always consider the old standbys such as FreeCycle.org, the grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.



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