Spruce SpringClean

Spring is here, time to get cleaning. Here’s a few tips from the KGC Staff:

1.      Make a List

  • Get organized. Sometimes a big task like cleaning the entire house can be daunting for seniors. Make a list of each thing you would like cleaned or organized.
  • Medicine cabinet – Remove all medications and prescriptions that are expired, as well as ones that are not being used.
  • Refrigerator and pantry – Get rid of expired food!
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Replace all dead batteries.
  • Rooms and hallways – Replace all burnt light bulbs, dust ceiling fans.
  • Bathroom – Consider installing grab bars in the bathtub, shower and near the toilet.
  • Look around the house and make note of where you would need the most help.

2.      Kick Out the Clutter

  • Make three separate piles. Yes. No. Maybe.
  • Its difficult to throw away items that have sentimental value, but hoarding things that you rarely use takes up space and has the potential to negatively impact your mental and physical health.
  • Place all the things you use most often in the Yes pile. Organize these things accordingly.
  • Place all the things you are unsure about in the Maybe pile. You can go back through this pile later and decide.
  • Throw all the things in the No pile away or donate them to charity.

3.      Reorganize After you De-clutter

  • Once you have completed step 2, now it’s time to reorganize!
  • Put things you use most often out where you can get to them.
  • Consider getting a label maker!
  • Gather up all your important health, legal, and financial documents and organize them all in once space. This will help you in the event of an emergency.
  • Keeping Good Company’s caregivers are very good at organizing!

4.      Evaluate your Living Conditions

  • If you have uncovered any issues in your home that make your living conditions unsafe, have one of our caregivers help you. We can take care of it immediately. If we can’t solve the problem ourselves, we have tons of resources for you.
  • Make sure points of entry are easy to get in and out of, no loose steps or railings.
  • Eliminate area rugs or cords that pose a tripping hazard.

5.      Finally, ask Keeping Good Company for Help!

  • We don’t just provide transportation and companion care! We can assist you with your spring cleaning.
  • The thought of cleaning an entire house alone can be overwhelming. Don’t tackle spring cleaning alone!
  • We can complete chores that may be difficult for you such as dusting hard to reach places, vacuuming, etc.