Spring cleaning can be a financial boon

That household clutter may be worth some cash

It's spring cleaning time again, and you might just find some cash tucked inside your attic or stuffed underneath your bed.

While dollar bills probably aren't packed away with your Christmas tree lights, much of the clutter lying around your house can earn you some money. More than 50 unused items worth about $3,000 are lying around the average American household, according to a new eBay Inc. survey.

Clothing accounted for more than half of the items, followed by electronics, accessories, computers and hardware, sporting goods, toys and furniture.

"If you haven't used it in a year or looked at it in a year, it's basically time to get rid of it," said Shawn Henderson, eBay's design director.

The majority of respondents consider donating or selling such items a form of recycling. An added bonus: close to half thought such recyclers were smarter and more attractive, the survey reported. So hit up your neighborhood garage sale, you might pick up a date along with that Belgian waffle maker.

The survey was conducted online in March among 2,000 people, half of whom are eBay members.

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