Posted on Mar 27, 2015
Helping Seniors Declutter and In Home Assisted Living
Spring time is finally here and we can start to unravel ourselves from our winter cocoon. This winter has been pretty hard on many parts of the country and a warmer season is a welcome change. With the season of rain showers and May flowers, comes the season of organizing and spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning is a wonderful way to help seniors declutter. Not only is an organized home invigorating and refreshing, it is also safer for an elderly loved one. Sometimes we save things thinking we may get to them later. Over time, the piles get higher and become unsightly. Not only is too much clutter unappealing, it could also later cause a tripping hazard and become dangerous.
There are many ways to help seniors declutter. When it comes to large amounts to weed through, it is best to tackle it in small spurts. If there are overloaded closets, take a portion of an afternoon for each closet. If an entire room is full of random, unneeded items, perhaps a time frame of about two hours will be enough for one afternoon. This will prevent burnout and keep your loved one motivated to declutter.
While going through any excessive items in your loved one’s home, you may find that while they are not using some items, they might be in great condition and can be sold. Garage sale season is approaching and some local consignment shops might be interested in some items. If there are things that look valuable, you might want to have them appraised to be sure your loved one gets what they are worth. There are also online swap sites that offer an easy way to sell some unused items. If this all seem like too much of a hassle, useable items can be donated to Goodwill and the Salvation Army. Some donations are also tax deductible!
Some elderly loved ones have a difficult time with letting go of items they have accumulated. While not all things are valuable, they might have grown attached to them and this will make decluttering tricky. When it comes to purging, try to help them to limit the number of identical items they have. If they have seven flower vases, have them choose one or two to keep. If their bedroom closet is full of unworn or worn out shoes, help them to realize that newer shoes would be greatly appreciated by someone in need and the well-loved shoes in the home are okay to retire. When there is resistance to purging, put the items aside in a box and return to them later after a little time has passed. Sometimes it just takes time to realize the stuff that was out of sight was never really missed and can be given away.
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