5 Ways spring-cleaning your house can make you richer (Getty Image)
5 Ways spring-cleaning your house can make you richer (Getty Image)
Cleaning can seem like a waste of time, but if you do it properly it could be your chance to make hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. We’ve got tricks for getting rid of dirt and grease here . But as you scrub, think strategically . Are you sitting on a gold mine of unwanted stuff ? How can your house make -or save you money? If you need a little bit of motivation to get started, here are five reasons doing a spring clean could make you very rich indeed.

1 YOUR JUNK CAN BE SOLD

Your rubbish is someone else’s treasure. And thanks to the internet, it’s easy to sell it to them. Simply set up an account online, take photos of the things you want to sell and list them online.Then find out what others will bid for them. You might be surprised.

2 YOU NEED LESS THAN YOU THINK

You may complain you don’t have enough clothes, but we’re guessing that’s before you cleaned out your drawers and swept under the bed.If you discover a whole new wardrobe, make sure you don’t lose it again by organising your room better .

If you discover things you no longer have a use for, ask yourself whether you could upcycle them into something else. Check out these upcycled old t-shirt ideas for inspiration .

3 YOUR FREEZER COULD SAVE YOU HUNDREDS

It’s tempting to ignore your freezer. It doesn’t go mouldy, and no one sees it when they come round to visit. But open it up and shake out all the ice, because this baby could save you a lot of money . Frozen food is on average 30% cheaper than fresh groceries . Plus, you’re less likely to waste it because of a use-by date, and you can pick up deals whenever they’re available. If you want to be really canny you can freeze leftovers as well.

4 YOU CAN RENT OUT YOUR (CLEAN) SPARE ROOM

If you’re lucky enough to have a box room, a study or a spare room, you could be earning thousands from it each year. Simply advertise it on online for short-term lets, or take in a lodger. You can also ask your friends to help you out.

5 YOU CAN DO MORE AT HOME

According to recent research, the single most effective way of saving money is to not go out . You save heaps by eating at home, buying drinks from the supermarket rather than the pub and watching a film on TV . Of course, you don’t want to turn into a hermit. Feeling house proud is a great excuse to invite your friends round to socialise in your living room, rather than an expensive bar.

You can also have your friends over and party at home. This will save you the money that you would otherwise spend if you had to go out for dinner and drinks. To make it interesting, you can organise activities in the form of games to make the evening fun.