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Easy ways to clean up and make money

The days are getting longer and warmer. Flowers are blooming and trees are leafing out. That also means it’s time to tackle the clutter that’s been accumulating since your spring cleaning last year.

It can feel daunting when you’re faced with a closet full of little-worn clothes, rooms packed with furniture that no longer fits your style, and a pile-up of knickknacks that need new homes. But you don’t have to tackle this project alone. Let these apps help you move out your old stuff.

1. Sell almost anything locally

Craigslist has become the go-to site for online classifieds across the nation. With categories ranging from appliances to furniture to clothes and books, you’re bound to find a place where your spring-cleaning items belong.

2. CPlus for Craigslist

The CPlus for Craigslist app is for Apple and Windows phones. What makes this so convenient is its ability to post to Craigslist from within the app. You will need a Craigslist account to post items for sale, so create one if you don’t already have one.

After that, you can use the app to fill in all the information and then either take photos as you go or upload photos from your phone or tablet’s gallery. This way you can just stroll around your house and post up that old couch, the leather jacket you haven’t worn since high school and the Precious Moments collectible figurines that have been sitting in a box for years.

Need a little inspiration for crafting your listings? Check out our Craigslist power tips for selling anything fast.

3. Move those clothes

Usually, yard sales aren’t the greatest places to sell clothes. People are looking for bargain-basement prices and aren’t willing to spend for fine fashion. If you have name-brand clothes in good condition and you’re willing to dedicate a little time to online selling, then you are likely to make more money back on your closet clean-out. Ebay is still a hot place to sell clothes, but there are other options as well.

4. Poshmark

Poshmark is a massive online community focused on buying and selling gently used clothes. Women’s clothing is the biggest category, but you can also use it unload clothes for men and kids, as well as jewelry, accessories, shoes and handbags. Poshmark’s app for Android and Apple is the easiest way to put your clothes up for sale on the site.

The Poshmark app lets you add photos, give a description, choose a category, and fill in the details on whatever you’re selling. It’s easy to get the hang of making a listing and you can quickly load up your own personal online boutique with those Gap jeans that are too small and that expensive formal dress you wore one time.

It’s free to list items on Poshmark. The company takes a flat commission of $2.95 for sales under $15 and 20 percent on sales over $15. In return, it offers a wide user base of both buyers and sellers and pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping labels that take a lot of the hassle out of sending your clothes off to your customers.

As with any sale, the more information you provide, the better. Besides brand and size, consider including pertinent measurements and details about the condition. It will save you from having to field questions from potential buyers later. Plus, you’ll feel great as those clothes go out the door and you slim down your overloaded closet.

5. Donate

Many people turn to Craigslist, eBay, or yard sales to clear out household items, but not everyone wants to spend the time and effort to sell their no-longer-needed clothes and gear. The easy solution is to sort through your house, pack up your things, and donate them to a charitable organization. You can make a dent in your spring cleaning and a nonprofit turns your donations into funding for a good cause.

You can find the location nearest you with the Goodwill Locations app for Android or Apple, using the “Locate your Goodwill” feature. This loads a map with the spots closest to your current location, along with hours and directions for getting there.

Another interesting feature of the Goodwill app is the Donation Impact Calculator. You select the numbers of items you’re donating (like shirts, purses, dresses, books, bikes, or video games) from within clothing, household, and electronics categories. The app then shows you the number of estimated charitable hours that donation will pay for, including helping people prepare resumes, handle financial planning, or go through on-the-job training. It’s a good reminder of how your donations go to work and can give you some extra incentive to get your spring cleaning done.

Although donating your items won't put cash directly in your pocket, just remember, you can also write these donations off of your taxes!

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