Declutter Tips to Improve the Safety and Wellbeing of Seniors
Decluttering is not a new concept, but the benefits of removing unwanted things from any living space is beginning to get more recognition. It creates a clean and neat environment, improves safety, reduces stress and enhances mental well being. Whether your elderly parents are coming to live with you or are just visiting, uncluttering your home offers Amazing benefits. Here are practical changes that you can easily do to organize your own home or that of seniors living independently.
Reduce Paper and Go Digital
Paper waste is one of the many things that take up a lot of space. It is estimated that on average, an American consumes 700 pounds of paper each year according to the EPA. Paper accounts for over 26% of total municipal waste. Keeping paper bills, printing photos and documents take up a lot of space and contribute to the clutter in homes. To prevent the unnecessary accumulation of paper, digitize photos and always opt for e-bills. While seniors tend to not necessarily agree with putting everything in disks or external drives, you can propose to do it in batches. You can also enlist their help in digitizing your stuff or teach them to do it. It will help them become familiar with the process, and they will also learn a new skill.
Use Storage Facilities
The major downside of clutter is that it takes up a lot of space. There is not much room to move and if your living area is already cramped, it becomes a pain to get from one point to another without making complicated maneuvers. For the elderly visiting your home or living with you, this can become dangerous as it may lead to falls that could result in injuries. In addition, this can also create tension and stress unknowingly which are not good for mental health. To help declutter spaces and improve senior safety, consider storage facilities where they can keep their belongings and have easy access to them.
Clean Up at Regular Intervals
General clutter is probably the worst type of obstructions that you have at home. You might still be holding on to old clothes that have seen better days because of sentimental reasons or stuffed toys of your grown-up kids. Sort, recycle or donate stuff monthly to keep a handle on things. Make a garage sale or offer to do one for your elderly parent’s things they do not need to keep. Hoarding, classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a mental health condition can especially become a problem for seniors. Things that hoarders keep hidden and out of sight could also pose additional health or safety hazards.
Keeping your homes clutter-free not only benefits your family or the elderly who plan to move in with you but also friends who visit. Decluttering helps improve safety around the house, moderates stress and promotes positive vibes.
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Contributed Post by Jane Sandwood