Spring is here at last, making now the perfect time to clean out the clutter in your home.
The bad news: It's difficult enough to go through and choose what to lose, and then you have to figure out what to do with it. The good news: One man's trash is another man's treasure.
"You could be sitting on hundreds of dollars worth of goods," said Andrea Woroch, a consumer advisor and contributor to the money-saving website Kinoli.
So before you purge and toss unwanted goods, consider turning that clutter into cash.
Most millennials are well-versed in the ways of hawking stuff on Craigslist, which is a good option, particularly for larger items that would be difficult to ship. "You'll often make more money selling via Craigslist than through a garage sale, since those bargain hunters are always trying to undercut your list price," said Woroch.
Another familiar choice is eBay. Keep in mind that a good picture is worth a thousand words. Use only language and phrases that pertain to your item, including the manufacturer, item type, size and color, to help bidders find you in a search. Finally, list your auctions during the prime times of 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time to maximize bids and higher sales prices.
When it comes to pricing your items, check what similar goods are selling for on Amazon, Craigslist or eBay. Assess the condition of the item you want to sell, compare it to what you've seen and set your price competitively, rather than shooting for close to retail.
For those who can't be bothered, there are also a slew of online marketplaces that make it easier, or will even sell it all for you, from second-hand clothing to previous generation iPhones and even that old engagement ring.