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You Have $100 Hiding Somewhere in Your Clutter – Here’s How to Find It!

These days it’s popular to adopt a more minimalist, clutter-free lifestyle. But as you turn to that lifestyle, you can easily find an extra $100. And considering most people do not even have an emergency $400 to pay the bills, finding that $100 in your clutter can make a difference to any household, no matter their income.

Clearing away unwanted junk in the home can be liberating as well. But what to do with all those things you no longer want in your life? How about turning them into some extra cash, like $100 or so!

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but one of the most pleasant side effects of a good spring clean is that your trash can become your treasure. Here’s how to turn unwanted clothes, books, smart phones and electronics into extra money to spend on more important things (like rent or utilities). Or turn that extra $100 + or – from your clutter into a fun activity, even a vacation, if you have done everything else right financially.

Step one: Sell the highest value items first to get closer to $100

It’s possible your closet is filled with 100 items people would be willing to pay for a dollar apiece, but this is a small payoff for the effort it would take to sell those items individually. Instead scout around for electronics, furniture, appliances, old smartphones, bicycles, collectors’ items or almost-new designer clothing that will fetch a higher price on sites like eBay or Poshmark

The benefit of using a platform like eBay, Letgo, Poshmark or many others is that you can compare other items for sale in the market and decide on a price that’s fair. Also look into selling an older smartphone. Studies show most Americans have at least 2 old phones in their home, and sites such as Gazelle or even using a Kiosk may pay you well over $100.

Step two: Sell books and DVDs

Selling secondhand books on Amazon is a good way to get money out of items that were just gathering dust. If you have plenty of lower value books, consider selling in bulk to a secondhand store. Likewise, some companies will buy bulk collections of old DVDs.

Also consider yard sales or markets where you won’t have to pay for shipping. Or, for an online “yard” or garage sale, try to make 10s of extra dollars from online garage sales like Craigslist, Facebook, Ebay, or other sites.

Step three: Sell clothing that is just clutter

Comb through your closet and separate everything you own into three piles. In the first pile put what you’d like to keep; in another, put the things you believe you’d be able to sell for a few dollars on a site like eBay; in the third, put the things you believe have little resale value.

This last pile can be sold for bulk for a few cents per pound, so shop around and compare rates. One site that is good for thrift or consignment is Thredup. Some companies will even offer to collect your old clothes from you.

Step four: Review websites for selling clutter

Explore all of the resources on needhelppayingbills.com While some websites and tactics are listed above, we have information on many other ways to make money from clutter in your home or apartment. There are probably dozens if not hundreds of national and/or local websites, however find some of the major ones here, on a list of online marketplaces.

Step Five: Sell other “Trash” for extra $100 or so

You may know it, but there are many other trash or clutter items that are bound to be around your home. Those to can be sold for extra money. Cardboard, empty cans, junk mail, and so much more. These tend to be trashy type clutter items, but they can be sold too. Find how to sell trash clutter.

Though it may be slow at first, profits will gradually add up, and earning well over $100 from clutter in your home is not impossible.Turning your clutter into cash can be a fun and rewarding hobby.

Though it takes a little effort, you’ll be transforming unused items in your home into money you can funnel into something you’re more passionate about. Not to mention, you’ll be getting a tidier home in the process!


Jon McNamara is the CEO of needhelppayingbills.com, a company that he started in 2008 and that specializes in helping low income families as well as those who are in a financial hardship. He also found NHPB LLC, a company committed to helping the less fortunate. Jon and his team also provide free financial advice to help people learn about as well as manage their money. Every piece of content on this website has been reviewed by him before publishing and many of the articles he has personally written. Jon is the leading author for needhelppayingbils.

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