How to make money fast with spring cleaning

Here's how to make money fast by doing spring cleaning

Sell it

For clothing - Buffalo Exchange (or your local consignment store)
For furniture - Craigslist 
For antiques - eBay
For electronics

Turn your creativity into money

You take a lot of pictures on your phone, right? Now there's a way you can turn those pictures into cash.

Americans have gone camera crazy now that half of us have smartphones with quality built-in cameras. A lot of times the pictures on our phones just stay there. But there are opportunities to make money on those photos.

The Boston Globe  reports marketing companies want the pictures you take on your smartphone. They're seen as an ultra low-cost source for stock photos for advertising in a magazine or other commercial uses.

OutletMedia.co is one new startup for Apple (no Android yet) that lets you come up with a fee you'll sell your photos for. People typically charge flat fees of $15 to $30 per photo. OutletMedia takes a 30% commission to help you sell your photos to advertisers and marketers.

Other services doing the same thing include SnapWi.Re,  ScoopShot, and Rawporter.

Donate it

Of course, life is not all about how to make money fast. There's also a good feeling you get when you give something away and expect nothing in return!

If that's more your style, there's always Goodwill and the Salvation Army. But if you have unused home improvement items, you might consider Habitat for Humanity's ReStores. Whatever they sell helps raises funds to build affordable housing for working people. 

And then you can always consider the old standbys like FreeCycle.org, the grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

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Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer advice expert

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