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How to Make Money Cleaning Your Home

Looking for a way to make a little extra money? Start by cleaning your home! Follows these tips on how to make money cleaning your home and see how much money you can find today!

How to Make Money Cleaning Your Home

Could you use some extra money?

Me, too!

Since we are renovating our home, having extra money is definitely helpful. Renovations are certainly not cheap.

One way I have found to earn some extra money is by cleaning my own home.

Cleaning is something we all have to do whether we want to or not. Every room in the house needs a good cleaning every now and then.

Also, a few things we’ve been holding on to for years should be gone through as well.

Cleaning is not exactly my favorite thing in the world to do. However, after the entire house is fresh and clean there’s just such a good feeling in the atmosphere!

Instead of looking at cleaning in such a negative way, maybe we should start looking at the positives. And one of those positives is making some extra money.

Keep reading for 6 easy tips to make money while cleaning your own home!

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6 Easy Tips to Make Money Cleaning Your Home

How to make money cleaning your home

1. Look for spare change

While you are cleaning your home, look for any spare change lying around. Maybe keep a jar next to you while you are cleaning to put the change in.

I tend to find spare change in these spots in my home:

  • Couch cushions or under the couch
  • Pants pockets
  • Laundry room – usually in the washing machine because I don’t check pants’ pockets (oops!)
  • Kid’s room

I keep a jar on a shelf over my washer and dryer. Whenever I find the spare change in the washing machine I put it in the jar. You would be surprised how quickly all that spare change starts adding up!

2. Take advantage of receipts

After grocery shopping, scan your receipts into cash-back apps to put money back in your pocket.

Two easy and fun apps to start off with are Fetch and Ibotta.

CoinOut is another great app to use. This app accepts any receipt while most of them only accept grocery store receipts. I’m sure you have some receipts filling up your pockets or your purse!

To sign up for Fetch Rewards, download the app and use code M2DCN for 2,000 points when you upload your first receipt!

3. Clean out your closet

I don’t know about you, but my closet has a way of overflowing after a while. Take some time to clean out and declutter all the clothes closets in your home. Afterward, organize everything nice and neat so you don’t have to spend hours decluttering so often.

Take your clothes to a consignment shop or sell them online with the PoshMark app or through ThredUp. Facebook Marketplace is another great place to sell your used clothes, especially when it comes to kid’s clothes.

I used to take my daughter’s clothes to a consignment shop and get paid for them. I actually made quite a bit of money! This is a great way to make money cleaning!

Related: What Actually Happens to the Clothes I Donate?

4. Clean off your bookshelf

I have a slight addiction to books. Recently I had to go through my bookshelves and do some downsizing.

In my living room, I had a big bookshelf full of books. And the shelves on my bedroom wall were overflowing with more books. Not to mention the books that were hiding in baskets under the living room end tables.

Make extra money by sorting through your books and making a pile for those books you no longer need or want. Sell them on Amazon or eBay.

Related: Find out how to get books free or cheap!

5. Declutter DVDs and CDs

We have a ton of DVD’s and CD’s that we no longer use. They are sitting around collecting dust and taking up space. Years ago we took the DVDs out of their cases and put them into a binder to save space and keep them organized. Now that we have Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, we never watch the DVDs.

Sort through your DVDs and CDs and use the Decluttr app to sell them. It’s easy and fast – you ship to them for free and they pay you immediately. How much you get paid depends on the item.

Another option is to sell them in bulk on eBay or Facebook. If you have educational DVDs, consider selling them for a lower price to a homeschool family.

Decluttering and selling your DVDs and CDs online is another great way to make money cleaning.

6. Have a yard sale

An excellent way to make money cleaning your home is to have a yard sale.

While you are cleaning and decluttering the rooms in your home, put unwanted items in boxes. Set a goal to have a yard sale on a certain day, such as the end of the month.

A few years ago we had a yard sale and while we didn’t sell everything, we did make some extra money cleaning out our basement. We got rid of a lot of stuff to make more room and we put some extra money in our pockets.

It’s easier than you think to make money cleaning your home. Just be creative and think outside the box. Search for apps that allow you to sell your items. Look for local consignment shops that accept clothes and home goods.

Making money cleaning is also a great motivation to get your home clean, decluttered, and organized.

Have you found money while cleaning your home? What are the best ways you’ve found to make money cleaning?

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. These are great ideas, Michelle! I really need to have a wardrobe declutter soon to make some space for summer clothes, I have wayyy too many jumpers! I keep a spare change jar as well, it’s amazing how quickly it all adds up. Thanks for sharing your suggestions, fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I try to go through my closet in the spring and the fall when I’m switching from summer to winter clothes. πŸ™‚ Having a spare change jar is a great idea! It does add up quickly!

  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    When you go on vacation or stay somewhere, look in the cushions and stuff around the room. But be careful! Lol

    1. Michelle says:

      That’s a great idea! I never thought of that! Thanks for the warning. πŸ˜€

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        You might find something good and you might find something bad lol!!!

        1. Michelle says:


  3. Michelle, I may not make much “real” money, but cleaning a home brings comfort and satisfaction that is precious and uplifting to one’s spirit and being.

    1. Michelle says:

      I would have to agree with you there. I don’t like when everything is messy and cluttered. It stresses me out. Thank you for sharing that! πŸ™‚

  4. Timelesslady says:

    Great ideas…I have many of the same stashes of dvd’s, cd’s and books that you do. I still watch the dvd and cd’s, and read the books…but there are some I could give away and never miss.

    1. Michelle says:

      It’s very hard for me to part with certain books, especially my favorites! πŸ˜€

      1. Timelesslady says:

        I have some from childhood I will still pick up and read now and then…or listen to as an audiobook. Anne of Green Gables is a favorite Audio listen for me.

  5. Brilliant ideas! I’m very bad at decluttering to be honest, but perhaps I’ll have a fresh look at things now.

    1. Michelle says:

      Maybe seeing decluttering as putting extra cash in your pocket will get you motivated. πŸ˜€

  6. I tell the kids I’m keeping any cash I find lying about as a tip! πŸ™‚

    1. Michelle says:

      That’s a great idea! πŸ˜€

  7. Wow Michelle thanks! This is very helpful. I could definitely use some extra cash lol.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you, Dawn! πŸ™‚

  8. Great post! I used to go to consignment shops a lot, and have sold a few items through there.

    Can I ask on a totally unrelated note: why do you include several pins in your posts rather than just one? I’m wondering if I should be doing that too!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I love consignment shops. They’re pretty much nonexistent around here now. πŸ™

      I read this post by Conversion Minded that said having more than one pin helps with traffic. Here’s the link in case you’d like to check it out. She has a lot of good info. πŸ™‚

      1. Interesting, thanks! I’m checking it out now!

        1. Michelle says:

          Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

  9. Great ideas MIchelle, I have beautiful purses that I don’t use but haven’t gotten rid of them, they’re just taking up space and collecting dust in my closet. Giving them to a consignment store is a great idea. thanks

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I have a slight addiction to bags and purses, so I can understand that. πŸ˜€

  10. Finding loose change is something that hasn’t happened to me in years. When I was little I remember always rummaging behind the sofa cushions and I’d usually find something!
    I use one of those receipt apps, a UK version, to snap old receipts, too.
    Great tips, not bad for cleaning, decluttering & making some extra pennies πŸ˜€
    Caz xx

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! When I was little I used to always walk around with my head down looking for change whenever we went to the grocery store. I’d feel lucky if I found some, but then I would kind of feel like I was stealing when I took it. πŸ˜€

  11. I hope, that you can collect all what you need, this is great way to clean the house, heheπŸ€—

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ It does make cleaning seem more worth it!

      1. How much have you found?πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

        1. Michelle says:

          Over the years I’ve actually collected a jar’s worth! πŸ˜€

          1. Made me laughπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  12. I’m into anything that can make me a few extra pennies! These are some great tips! De-cluttering my bookshelves would be a great place to start! And I really need to get rid of all those CDs and DVDs I don’t play anymore! xxxx

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! It’s nice when you realize that while you are decluttering you can make a little bit of extra money. πŸ˜€

  13. Great ideas, Michelle. I’m not sure we have cash back apps here in South Africa. I couldn’t part with a single book or CD though, and my clothes are usually so worn out I’m unable to even give them away. Emptying my husband’s pockets had always been lucrative though!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I’m learning that a lot of countries don’t have apps like these. I’m sure your husband’s pockets have some interesting things in them. At least my husband’s do! πŸ˜€ Sometimes I don’t know how he walks with all that change in there!

  14. ThredUp is a great idea! We never gave that a thought for making some extra $$$!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I’m glad I could help! πŸ™‚

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  23. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing these ideas.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  24. Awesome tips! It really is amazing how much ‘free’ money we have sitting around our homes in plain view! πŸ™‚ Those change jars really do add up! I took ours to the change machine one time and it was around $150. Not bad for simply dumping some spare change into a machine, right?! πŸ˜€

    You’ve got me thinking about consignment shops now. That’s a great idea. From my years of working in the corporate world, I have too many really nice, almost like new tops that I’d like to find new homes for, hah! Like you said, the closet just becomes too full, especially when space is limited already!

    Pinned and shared. β™₯

    1. Thank you! Oh wow! That’s a lot of change! We finally took my daughter’s change jar and it was a little over $100. It’s amazing how it adds up over the years.

      Consignment shops are so helpful! I wish there were more nearby. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for pinning and sharing!

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