As seniors have lived a long full life they have collected a multitude of items over their time. These items might hold sentimental value, which makes it difficult to let these items go. All these reasons can lead to a cluttered household, but letting these items go can relieve stress. Read our tips to making your home a clutter-free zone.
5 Tips For Seniors to Declutter Their Space
1. Make New Memories
Share time with your loved ones by cleaning out sentimental items and sharing the memories they hold. While decluttering you can make new memories, while reminiscing about the old. Leading you to learn new things about your loved ones that you may not have already known.
2. Create A Safer Space
As seniors age, it’s common for them to slow down and it becomes a challenge to maneuver certain areas. Unneeded clutter can make moving around the house more difficult to manage. Even becoming dangerous, increasing the risk for falls.
By getting rid of unnecessary items it decreases the risk of falling. This makes it safer if a fire happens to take place because the house isn’t blockaded by stuff. Remove any items that block doorways and hallways to create a safer home.
3. Keep Track of Items
Ever keep losing your things because you have too much stuff everywhere? Solve this problem by organizing and simplifying. It can be frustrating for anyone to not find their belongings, but for someone with impaired cognitive function this can be a very confusing experience. By decluttering your home you reduce the chances of lost items and the time it takes to find them. Clear the Mind
4. Clear the Mind
Negative effects on the mind come with having clutter, increasing stimuli making it more difficult to relax physically and mentally. This can create heightened anxiety and depression causing a feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed. Having a home with stuff everywhere can create a sense of shame and embarrassment to have people over. Possibly falling into a trap of loneliness and this can be avoided.
5. Help a Cause
Donate the items you don’t need to the less fortunate. Some good options are the Goodwill, Salvation Army, or the local homeless shelter. It makes it easier to let go of these items knowing that they are going to a good cause. Another added benefit is getting a tax write-off from your donation.
Where to start?
Now that you have a few good points to motivate you in cleaning out your space, you’ll need to know where to start.
Start by removing stuff from one room at a time, so you don’t become overwhelmed. Try starting in a room where things don’t have as much meaning to you, like the kitchen. Give yourself time and don’t try to tackle everything at once.
Start labeling boxes and label them with two different categories, donate or throw away. This makes the process easier and more organized.
Make the process an enjoyable experience by listening to your favorite music and treat yourself after with your favorite meal. Don’t feel stressed about decluttering, just think how much cleaner and organized your home will feel after!
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