Decluttering is something that many seniors do as they downsize in their retirement years. With more limited living space than before, paring down is important, but it can be incredibly challenging for those who have health issues later in life. The tips below help make organizing the home easier for older adults and loved ones who are helping them.
Start with the Living Room
For most seniors, the living room is where they spend most of their time, so it naturally accumulates clutter over time. It is a place for social visits with family and friends, as well as seeing any healthcare workers.
Having too many things in this area can be a safety hazard for the elderly who risk tripping over items. A cluttered room is also difficult to maneuver around for those who have a walker, cane, and wheelchair.
Thus, it makes sense to start in this room, organizing it to be more functional, safe, and visually appealing.
Take Items off the Floor
Keeping in mind the importance of a safer living space, remove as many things from the floor as possible. That includes excess furniture in addition to papers, rugs, and knickknacks.
A great way to achieve this goal is to use multifunctional furniture. For example, a popular coffee table design is one with a top that lifts to reveal a hidden storage area.
Identify which furniture and other possessions to keep and which ones to sell or donate. Another option is to move some furnishings from the living room to a less-frequently used area in the home.
Continuing with the topic of removing tripping hazards, make sure to pick up cables that are loose on the ground. Organize cables for the computer, TV, and more so that older adults might otherwise fall over and cause injury.
Tips for Organizing the Kitchen
Keeping the kitchen well-organized is also important to protect aging adults from the risk of illnesses due to expired or unsafe foods. One of the top tips in this room is to clean the fridge and freezer regularly.
Along with tossing expired items, wipe down the shelves and drawers with a gentle cleanser. Doing so will remove the chances of bacteria or mold growing in the appliance and get rid of crumbs and other food particles.
For seniors who cannot do so easily, this task is one that loved ones can help with. Alternatively, our professionals are happy to do so. We can also provide insights on how best to organize different foods and condiments in the fridge and freezer for fast access.
Finally, ensure that important things are within close reach in the kitchen. That will prevent older adults from reaching for items, which can be dangerous, or impossible for those in wheelchairs. When going through items in cupboards, discard anything that is broken as it takes up valuable space and could have sharp edges that are potential safety hazards.
Paring down can be difficult for people of all ages, including seniors who have accumulated items over the lifespan. Our professional organizers gently ask questions that help older adults decide what to keep and what to donate or sell to make organizing easier.
We pride ourselves on being supportive and never pressure or judge. Reach out to us today to find out more about how to better organize the home for a safer, more comfortable environment.