Wherever you live or whatever the time of year, “spring cleaning” is a good habit to maintain. As the seasons change, the warmer weather presents a great time to clean, declutter, and start fresh for the rest of the year. While spring cleaning may not be something everyone looks forward to, you’d be surprised how much better you’ll feel afterward.
At Vineyard’s Senior Living, we believe in using checklists to ensure that nothing gets left behind. Remember that our onsite staff will help you manage the tricky-to-clean areas or help you tackle day-to-day chores—but that doesn’t mean you can’t join the organization.
For starters, here’s our complete spring cleaning checklist and decluttering tips for seniors:
Decluttering Tips for Seniors
It is critical to declutter and organize your space before any deep cleaning begins. Like many of us, you may have accumulated more items than you need throughout the past year. If your room is cluttered, it can become uncomfortable and difficult to keep clean in the future.
Decluttering can make your space feel more open and organized, but it can also do good in the community. Consider donating your unused items to a local charity where another family in need can use them. Rehoming items is a great way to help those in need while keeping unwanted items out of landfills.
One of the most effective tips for seniors is to double down on organization. New and exciting activities may keep you too busy to organize most days. Retirement is meant to be enjoyed, so you shouldn’t feel bad! But if the state of your living space is causing you stress or worry, it’s time to do something about it.
It doesn’t take much to bring in shelving or storage bins and dedicate an afternoon to getting organized. Sorting your items frees up space and saves you time in the future; you’ll always know exactly where everything is. Having all your things organized will help keep your home stress-free and positively impact your mental health.
While decluttering and organizing are crucial parts of your plan, don’t forget the value of deep cleaning. Don’t feel like doing it on your own? Enlist the support of our staff, and they’ll help you find the best option for your space, whether that’s with our help or the help of professionals. You can even hire a service to come in and help you with deep cleaning. They’ll be able to complete the tasks in just a fraction of the time it would take to do them alone.
Clean does not always mean safe! Disinfecting helps keep your home sanitary. It also eliminates harmful germs that could get you or others sick. You can ask that cleaners use traditional disinfecting or natural-based products with fewer harsh chemicals based on your preference.
While it’s not technically a cleaning task, remember to ask someone to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries are easy to forget, but these detectors are critical to maintaining a safe living environment. Safety experts recommend checking the batteries one to two times a year. Adding a battery check to your spring cleaning checklist is easy to ensure you don’t forget.
Dust Hard to Reach Places
When you are in the middle of spring cleaning, it can be easy to forget to look up. Lighting fixtures, fans, and the top of your cabinets can carry a lot of dust. You’d be surprised how much dust can accumulate on a surface in just a few short months. It’s a good idea to start the spring cleaning process with dusting. The last thing you want to do is spread dust around your freshly cleaned home.
Trust Vineyard Senior Living During Your Retirement Years
At Vineyard Senior Living, we are dedicated to ensuring that you can continue all of your habits, hobbies, and routines. Whether spring cleaning, taking your dog on a walk or playing tennis, our community can accommodate you. We do everything from providing daily activities to decluttering tips for seniors.
We are built around the basic concept that the only thing better than adding years to your life is adding life to your years. Learn what a day in the life at Vineyard is like, or call us today to schedule a tour or learn more about our community.