Clear out clutter for cash

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One man's trash is another man's treasure, so they say, and these days there is little point in throwing unwanted, unused items when you can make money whilst decluttering your home. If that jam-packed drawer or never-opened cupboard is playing on your mind, here's how to get rid of your clutter and make some cash.

Online auctions
Thanks to the internet, almost any item you could ever want is just a click away these days, and those items you don't want just might tickle another's fancy. Online auction sites are a great way to get rid of your unwanted gear by hitting a sizeable target audience. Ebay is, of course, the most well-known auction site, and it allows sellers to list up to 20 items each month for free, though you'll pay a percentage of the sale price once the bidding has finished. However, don't rule out other sites such as eBid and CQout. Amazon too are a good option for selling CDs, DVDs or books, as there's no limit to how long you can advertise something for sale, and you'll only be charged if you get a sale.

Sell in bulk
If you have boxes full of CDs, DVDs and video games made redundant by new tech, you can sell the lot in bulk with the likes of MusicMagpie. The company's website allows you to simply scan the barcodes of the items you'd like to sell, either on your computer or smartphone via an app, after which you'll be advised how much they'll pay you for each item. Either print off Freepost labels or book their free courier service, and as soon as your items have been received, you'll be paid by bank transfer or cheque. Similar sites include Back2Cash, Computer Exchange (CeX), which is also available on the high street and will take all sorts of gadgets too, or Don't expect a huge amount of money - prices tend to be pretty low - but if you need space and are just going to chuck it, it's worth checking to see how much you could make.

Boot it
Car boot sales are very much still thriving in the UK, and there is almost certainly one taking place on a regular basis near you. This gives you an opportunity to sell basically anything you want to get rid of, but you will need to put some effort in. It's wise to price items up the day before you go, and you'll need to get there pretty early to get the best pitches. Key to success is an attractive layout, and of course you should be fully prepared to haggle!

Go local
For anyone with larger items they want to get rid of, local advertising is the way to go, since it means you won't have to worry about postage costs or courier services. Check your local free newspapers, most of which will allow you to list items without charge if they are priced below a certain amount, or go online to sites such as Preloved or Gumtree. Though most will search in their local area, it's wise to advise potential buyers that it'll be pick-up only if you're selling something big, heavy or cumbersome.

Clear out your clothes
Somewhere, hidden deep within your wardrobe, there are almost certainly a few items of clothing that may rarely, if ever, see the light of day. Make room for your new spring gear by getting rid of them online. From blouses and belts to jeans and shoes, those ill-advised or impulse purchases can make you cash at the likes of Vinted or Returntoearn. The former allows you to list items on the site, while the latter pays by the kilo, so if you've got a bagful, it might be the easiest option.

Have you recently made cash from your clutter? What advice would you give to others looking to do the same? Leave your comments below...
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