A house that is messy and cluttered is not just an eyesore, but also poses numerous safety hazards for seniors. Clutter also affects you and your loved ones psychologically, by causing you to feel more stressed, anxious, and have poorer mental health. You may be unable to get good sleep because of the clutter or may find it constantly difficult to access things you need in the storeroom. Caregivers may also have a harder time focusing on their caregiving duties and chores due to the amount of clutter, mess, and dirt present in the house. Decluttering thus helps your family and caregivers focus better on their work, whilst improving everyone’s moods and health. Here are some decluttering tips for seniors so that they can make their houses more organized.
Get Help from Family And Friends
If you are overwhelmed with the amount of clutter and trash in your house, you should consider getting help from your family or friends to help with the decluttering. This is especially so if the clutter is present in more than one room and poses a safety risk for you. By getting the help of others, you will be able to tackle and declutter much faster. Moreover, you would also be able to clear larger areas such as the basement, garage, or attic. Having a partner to help you declutter can also be motivating and encourage you to be more efficient whilst staying upbeat about the decluttering process. In the event of extreme weather, it may also be unsafe for you to declutter your house or areas outside such as the garage or yard. By getting help, you will be able to clear these areas and accomplish much more decluttering.
Talk to Your Family
Before deciding on decluttering and how you wish to clear up your items, it is important to consult with your family members and other people in the household. This is because the clutter may often have numerous items which belong to them, some of which may hold sentimental value and feelings of nostalgia for them. You must consult each other so that you are aware of which items to throw and which to keep or sell. Doing so would prevent conflict, regret, and even resistance from your family members regarding your decision to declutter the house.
If you feel exasperated and overwhelmed by the amount of clutter and trash in your house, you may be less likely to do something about this. This perpetuates the vicious cycle of hoarding as you will feel much more helpless about your clutter, and you will be unwilling to do anything about it. It is important to start small as you will then have the motivation to continue. Start by being proactive and taking the effort to clean up your room or a small area such as your closet. If you do this consistently, this will have profound effects as eventually small actions will contribute to the decluttering of your house. You can also set a timer for yourself such as an hour or two to fully focus on your decluttering. All this will have a compounding effect in making your house cleaner and neater.
Why Rittenhouse Village At Northside?
Rittenhouse Village At Northside understands how important it is for you to give your loved ones the best care possible. We offer a wide range of options to ensure your loved ones live in dignity and comfort. At Rittenhouse Village At Northside, we have a team of dedicated and conscientious housekeepers committed to keeping your home clean so that you can enjoy other activities we offer.