Spring is the season of rebirth. The trees, flowers
Studies have shown that cleaning, organization and de-cluttering your living space can have a dramatic effect on overall mood, productivity
Cleaning out Closets
If you have a loved one living in a senior living community or nursing home, space is likely limited. You will want to make time to remove bulky sweaters, coats and outdoor clothing from their living space to make room for clothing that is seasonally appropriate.
Depending on your loved one's personal preferences and activities, you will want to leave a few long-sleeve shirts, pants and a sweater or two
You may also consider bringing them a hat, sunglasses, gardening gloves
Emptying out drawers and closets give you the opportunity to do a deep clean of those areas. Dust and other allergens have a way of seeping into all corners of our lives. Empty out drawers and cabinets, then wipe down all sides and spaces of those areas with a dust remover or other cleaning agent. Removing the dust and other crumbs and trash that may have accumulated there will help reduce allergies and other respiratory concerns that plague us in the spring.
In addition to cleaning out the sock drawer, you will want to look at other treasures or belongings your loved one has accumulated over the past few months. The very trendy Marie Kondo method for keeping or throwing away items requires a person to carefully examine each item. By holding each item in your hand, you determine if this photo, craft, book or card brings you joy. If you feel joy and it makes you happy – you keep it! Otherwise, it goes into a pile for garbage,
The photograph of your loved one's newest grandchild would likely be something worth keeping and displaying in a significant location. An empty box from a box of Valentine's Day chocolates should be tossed.
Benefits of Spring Cleaning
Helping your loved one de-clutter their living space can reduce their stress levels from being in an unorganized environment. The organization of important, daily use items can save time and frustration if they are able to easily find items.
Reducing clutter can also improve focus. Studies show a thorough cleaning and organization can help clear your mind of small tasks that need to be done.
Heritage Health: Therapy & Senior Care
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Happy cleaning, everyone!