For many, spring cleaning can carry a negative connotation because it requires a lot of hard work and time to complete. As seniors age, cleaning the home can become more challenging for a loved one. Having a family member to help through this process can make a world of difference!
The senior in your life will be grateful at the idea of not having to tackle this project alone, but also find that it is more convenient, and less stressful with someone else around. The Pavilion Senior Living wants to share seven tips that you and your loved one can use to help make spring cleaning easier this year!
1. Create A Plan
Before doing anything else, create a plan that you can follow during the cleaning process. Having a plan helps to organize thoughts and streamline the spring-cleaning process.
Lay out several steps that you and the senior in your life will need to complete. Start with simple steps like “organize the items in the bedroom” or “mop the floor” and provide some structure for you to adhere to. Planning saves time and prevents you from missing any essential chores!
2. Use Vinegar
Vinegar has hundreds of uses, many of them being for cleaning. It has been known that vinegar is a safe alternative to many harsh cleaning chemicals that are popular today. Many cleaning experts recommend using white vinegar with water to create an excellent cleaning solution.
Research which items can be cleaned with vinegar and remember to spot test any items that you’re unsure about. Spot testing can prevent extensive damage to furniture and other items in the home.
3. Avoid Dangerous Chemicals
Many of the cleaning products in your home are likely full of dangerous chemicals that can damage your lungs, eyes, and skin if you come into contact with them. Although vinegar is an excellent alternative, there are other solutions that you and your loved one can use to create safe cleaning products. If you prefer not to make your own, there are plenty of environmentally-friendly products that can be purchased in stores!
4. Organize Your Belongings
Organizing the belongings in your home can make spring cleaning much less confusing. When items are scattered all over the home, figuring out what needs to be cleaned and what doesn’t is difficult.
Move all large pieces of furniture away from other things in the room and gather all of the small items into a group so that they can be cleaned together. Splitting up the room and dividing the work between those helping with the cleaning process can help expedite and prevent frustration.
5. Don’t Forget the Medicine
When people start spring cleaning, they hardly ever think to clean out their medicine cabinet. Over the years, medicines pile up and become expired. Get rid of any medications that a loved one doesn’t currently need to avoid cluttering the cabinet and causing confusion.
When disposing of prescription medicines, make sure to use a method that your local municipality recommends rather than throwing them all in the trash or down the toilet. Research the most convenient way for you to drop off the medicines at a designated site and start making space in that cabinet!
6. One Step at a Time
Take everything one step at a time. Big projects can take more than just a few hours or a few days, so be patient and use an organized plan to guide you through the process. If things become overwhelming or stressful, take a break. Everything doesn’t have to be done in one day!
Spring cleaning can be much more difficult than people make it seem. Cooperation and patience are essential to helping your loved one do spring cleaning effectively. Make sure to take the cleaning process one step at a time, avoid dangerous chemicals, and have a little fun while you’re at it!
Living in a senior living community can drastically reduce the amount of time spent doing spring cleaning. The Pavilion Senior Living is a community that redefines retirement living by helping your loved ones when they need it. To learn more about our community and senior care services, please visit our website!