Spring weather is the perfect time to get active and productive around the house! During this time of year, it’s common for many seniors to start cleaning their home or senior apartment and getting rid of any household items that they don’t have a use for anymore.
Many times, this process can be difficult, frustrating, and unappealing to say the least. Families argue over what to keep and what to throw away, and things can get confusing if not done correctly. Oaks Senior Living would like to help you and your loved one with your spring-cleaning plans this year by providing a few helpful tips:
Make A Plan
Everything is easier with a plan. If you’re unaware of what needs to be done or who is responsible for doing it, the chances that you’re going to finish that task are relatively low. Each person involved needs to have a clear set of duties and responsibilities for which they can be accountable. If each item in the home has to be approved by the homeowner, it can take days or even weeks to look at everything in the house.
A couple of essential questions to consider when drafting your spring cleaning plan, include:
- Which room should you start cleaning first?
- Who is helping you and your loved one?
- Who is responsible for each room in the home?
- Which items are being kept?
- Which items are being discarded?
- What is a reasonable deadline for all spring cleaning to be completed?
Asking yourself these questions, among others, will help streamline the planning process and depict a clear picture of the spring-cleaning process. Make sure to involve your loved one as much as possible when planning to ensure that you’re keeping their best wishes in mind.
Take Small Steps
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Realistically, it’s impossible to do everything at once. The best approach to spring cleaning is to take it one step at a time. Try starting with one small room and completing it before moving on to the next room. This will not only help to organize the tasks that need to be completed, but it will help to avoid overlooking areas of the home due to confusion.
Although taking small steps doesn’t sound quick or exciting, it helps your loved one come to terms with the fact that they will be discarding some of the items that they hold near and dear to their heart. Show your loved one that you value their opinion by asking for their input on cherished belongings while you make progress cleaning.
Don’t Do It Alone
Two heads are better than one. Your loved one doing something by themselves is almost always more time consuming and stressful. Having a friend or family member there to help them make a plan and move things around the house can really speed up the spring cleaning process. There are also companies that specialize in moving services if help is needed to move heavier items. If your loved one is unable to physically help carry items, they can still help plan and provide input on what items should be discarded.
If your loved one is moving into senior apartments, Oaks Senior Living community provides services that can help you with your spring cleaning tasks!
Spring cleaning can be a hassle, and without a plan, it can quickly become overwhelming. Make sure to ask for help if you feel that you’re not able to handle doing everything yourself. Most times, friends and family are glad to help someone in need! Although the spring-cleaning process is a tedious one, it will be well worth the time invested once you and your loved one are done!
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