Top 6 De-Cluttering Tips and Tricks for your Home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Area

If you’re looking for ways to de-clutter your home before the end of the summer, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got the top 6 de-cluttering tips and tricks for your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area that you need to know before you begin.

Why should you de-clutter your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area?

De-cluttering the home is beneficial for homeowners for all kinds of reasons. For those homeowners in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area, de-cluttering can help to relieve stress by providing a sense of control and accomplishment. For others, getting rid of excess junk can help to free up a little extra space in their home that can be used for other more beneficial uses. 

No matter what your reason is for de-cluttering your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area, remember, there is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter!Read on for thetop 6 de-cluttering tips and tricks for your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area!


1.       Set Goals

Before you get started on your home improvement project, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go.

Write down or make a map of all the rooms and ‘clutter hot-spots’ you want to tackle.Give each space a grade based on the severity of the clutter. For example, on a scale of 1 – 3 (3 being the most cluttered), a particularly messy room or closet would get a 3. This will help you prioritize your time.

2.       Complete One Space at a Time

Set completion dates for each phase of your cleanup. Zero in on one room or a specific space within a room, such as your kitchen cabinets and set a date to complete them. Be sure to pick dates that are attainable so you can complete them without stress. If you can make the task into a de-clutter challenge for yourself, it may feel a bit more like a game.

Also Read: The Best Tips for Kitchen Organization

3.       Slow Down

People tend to get overwhelmed during the process of organizing their belongings when they realize how much has piled up over time. If you can, avoid working for more than an hour continuously. If you think the task is going to take two days, it will probably take four. Double the amount of time you first imagined it would take so that you are not disappointed.

Do not think that once you've organized your space, that you are done. You might feel disappointed when you have to clean it up again in a month. Realize that while you have created a new, efficient, and logical system for processing and managing your items, you are not done. You should expect regular upkeep and be glad that the new system is more efficient than the old one!

4.       Create a Sorting System

As you go through the rooms and spaces in your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area, you will need a system for sorting the items you find. You can create your own method, or you can use the popular Four-Box Method of sorting clutter. This method forces you to make a decision item by item, so you don’t end up with a bigger mess than the one you started with.Gather four boxes and label them as follows:


-          Keep Box

These are items you need or use regularly, and have space for. These items should go in their newly-designated place. Optimally, these things should be stored neatly in a container or drawer. Label if desired.


-          Donate/Sell Box

Store any items you want to give away or sell outside of your home. These items will go to Goodwill or your favorite charity. You can rest easy knowing that something you no longer need is going to a good home. Clothes, shoes and other household items in good condition can be donated to a number of local charities.


If you’re up to the task, you may be able to make a little money off your clutter by having a garage sale. Check to see if your neighborhood or homeowner’s association has a designated garage sale date. Just make sure you begin your de-clutter process early enough so that you can participate.If you are too busy to host a garage sale, you can also make a little money by posting these items on eBay or Craigslist.


ü  The 80/20 rule. When it comes to clothing, we generally only wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. This rule tends to hold true for other things as well. Your mission is to get rid of the things you don’t use 80% of the time.

ü  If you have received gifts that you don’t want but feel guilty giving away, take a picture of yourself holding them. Then donate or sell them. The purpose of a present is for the donor to show their good feelings toward the recipient.


-          Storage Box

These are the boxes of things that you can't part with, but which don't play a role in your daily life. They're to be stored, but only if you have the space for them.

As you fill your containers, label them or drop an inventory sheet on top and neatly put them in your storage area.


-          Trash Box

Trash is junk: Papers to be shredded, broken things that you know you'll never repair and things that should be tossed away.


5.       Recycle

Recyclable glass, plastics and paper can go straight into your recycling bin if you have curbside pickup. Otherwise put your recyclables in bags so you can transport the waste to the nearest recycling drop off location.


6.       Keep Like Things Together

Keeping like things together will make your life easier and forces you to organize your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area.  Store like items close to where you will use them and you’ll not only know where they are when you need them, it will also reduce some of the little frustrations in your daily life.



The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. While some homeowners feel overwhelmed at the idea of de-cluttering their homes in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area, the de-cluttering journey doesn’t need to be unenjoyable!It’s important to know that this home improvement project will help to reveal the extra space in your home and can even add value to your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area.


Also Read: Top 5 Home Improvement Projects that Add Value to Your Home In the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Area


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Derrick Seay
Derrick Seay
DSEAYCOM B'ham Branch