Spring is all about new beginnings, which means it's time to spring-clean our homes! We all love that feeling of crisp, clean air and rooms that feel fresh and clean. It's a great time to declutter, organize, and freshen everything up. But spring cleaning can be challenging for seniors. With some planning and safety precautions, it can be accomplished in a safe and fun way. Here are some tips that will help make spring cleaning manageable.
Declutter. Make this a priority! Decluttering will not only free up space, but it also decreases stress and can even help relieve insomnia. Ask someone to help you separate items into three categories: keep, donate, and trash. Tackle it one room or one drawer at a time. "Everything has a place, or it's waste!"
Work in small chunks of time. Spring cleaning can be done throughout a week, multiple weeks, or even months. Work on one room at a time.
Air quality. Having poor air qua Hurting your back on day one of spring cleaning will not help your cleaning efforts at all! Don't try to lift or move heavy furniture alone, especially if you have reduced strength or can't move around well. Wait on friends or family members to help. Or hire a professional cleaning service who can deep clean and move furniture for you. ou. u. . nace. deep
Ask for help with heavy lifting. Hurting your back on day one of spring cleaning will not help your cleaning efforts at all! Don't try to lift or move heavy furniture alone, especially if you have reduced strength or can't move around well. Wait on friends or family members to help. Or hire a professional cleaning service who can clean and move furniture for you.
Check medicine cabinets. This is often times overlooked. Check expiration dates and properly dispose of expired medicines. Check with your local pharmacy to see if they accept your old prescriptions to safely dispose of them.
Check your detectors. Make sure your batteries are fresh in all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Your fire extinguisher is another rarely used thing to check- these have expiration dates too.
Clean out the pantry. Here's another area to check for stale or expired foods. While you are at it, wipe the shelves down with a warm clean cloth. When putting items back, organize them by categories. This will make preparing meals easier.
Clean the dishwasher and washing machine. These need to be cleaned too. You can buy special cleaning products for these appliances, or you can make you own cleaning solutions with vinegar and water. Do a quick search online for dozens of DIY cleaning recipes.
If maintaining a home is a challenge, consider reaching out to HomeCourt Home Care. Our caregivers can help with light housekeeping tasks like cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, vacuuming, dusting, and laundry. They can help maintain a clean home on a daily or weekly basis. They can also help with your personal care needs! If you would like to learn more, visit our website www.homecourthomecare.com or call us at (260) 333-1114.