Ever wondered if spring cleaning can benefit your finances?
Of course it can, cleaning your home from top to bottom doesn’t just mean slaving on your elbows and knees. It can be a way to help avoid squandering some great financial opportunities.
Not everyone’s excited about spring cleaning (self included), but it’s nice to have a squeaky clean home and decluttering is always a good idea. And earning some cash as a reward for being hard-working might just be the n°1 perk that could get you excited to start right away!
You might think the only way to get your hands on some quick cash while spring cleaning would be selling your stuff on Craigslist. While the idea is far from being overrated, there are other great ways you can save & earn money while also putting your stuff in order.
5 brilliant ways spring cleaning can benefit your finances
Sell, sell, sell
Well of course selling your stuff would be first on the list! It’s the most obvious way to earn some cash with minimal effort.
Unpacking next season’s clothing could lead to you realizing many of those outfits either don’t fit anymore or you’re bored with them already.
If they’re still in good shape, why not sell them? Craigslist, eBay, Facebook buy&sell groups, even word of mouth can help you get rid of clothes you don’t need anymore and get cash in return.
Another great way to make a quick buck is organizing your kids’ room.
Do your children have any old toys they don’t enjoy playing with anymore? Or clothes they’ve grown out of? There are so many people who are starting a family but can’t afford to buy new items for their newborn!
Anything can be sold for the right price. A man’s junk could be another man’s treasure. Old saying, but still viable.
Take advantage of found money
While you’re packing away your winter clothes and thoroughly clean those hard to reach spaces, you might find some small treasures just sitting there.
Make sure you go through all the pockets and hunt for coins while tidying your sofa.
You might find nothing, but you might discover cash you forgot about from months ago.
Overhaul your pantry & kitchen
Spring cleaning basically means tearing your home apart and putting it back together, right? Well, you should definitely focus on the pantry and kitchen.
Chances are you could find enough food in there to plan meals for an entire week! That’s a big money saver.
You could use your grocery budget for 1 whole week to either top your emergency fund or re-purpose the money for something else.
Not to mention, now you know what foods you rarely eat, so you can stop buying them altogether.
Help your neighbors with their spring cleaning
Working for money. Hmm.. Interesting concept.
Why not help your neighbors with their spring cleaning, for a small fee?
Surely there are plenty of people who are just too busy to even think about spring cleaning. Or maybe you have an elderly couple next door who would love to have someone help out!
It’s a win-win situation. You help someone in need and get cash in return.
If you have the time and energy, it could be a great way to earn some well deserved cash.
Donate to charity
Don’t skip on reading this tip just yet!
Donating items to charity will not earn you quick cash, but it will help you qualify for a higher tax refund!
If you find selling items is too complicated or time consuming, consider donating your things that are still in good condition.
Goodwill accepts a large variety of items, as long as you respect their guidelines.
You do a good deed and get a nice tax deduction in return (just make sure you keep your receipt!)
See? It really is possible to turn a daunting experience into a positive one (financially speaking).
With these 5 brilliant ways spring cleaning can benefit your finances, surely you’ll want to start right away.
Do you know of any other tips & tricks that can benefit your wallet while doing some serious cleaning?
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