Spring cleaning may get the most attention, but keeping a tidy house is a year-round task.
Whether it’s day-to-day chores or giving your house a good scrub, housework can be a challenging task for senior citizens who struggle with mobility issues, health restraints or low energy levels. Making this struggle worse, having a cluttered and unclean home can lead to anxiety and stress for the homeowner.
Here are some helpful cleaning tips for seniors to make the process easier and give you more time to do the activities you enjoy most.
One of the first things to do before making your home clean is to get organized. Anytime there is a significant cleaning project that includes several cleaning tasks, it is important to create a checklist of what needs to be done.
Your checklist should include day-to-day or weekly tasks or chores such as sweeping the floor and doing laundry.
But you should also consider adding these items to your checklist to enhance the safety in the home:
1. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are properly working
2. Fire extinguishers to ensure they haven’t expired (each home should have at least two)
3. Emergency kits to make sure they include items like antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, spare batteries and a current medication list
4. An updated list of who to call in case of an emergency
Now that you have a list ready to go, use the tools that you have at your disposal to make clean-ups a breeze.
Belongings quickly can accumulate over the years. But having too many possessions can make a space feel chaotic, and worse, dangerous. Struggling to manage clutter also can take away precious time from what you enjoy most – enjoying hobbies and spending time with loved ones.
Here are some tips to create a clutter-free home when cleaning:
For more information on eliminating clutter and downsizing, you can read our previous article Top 6 Senior Downsizing Tips.
It is important to know your limitations. Cleaning a home can be overwhelming and stressful for anyone, especially older adults. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially if you’re not feeling well enough to tackle the chores by yourself.
Family members and friends can make the process go more smoothly and efficiently. They can help you:
When family and friends aren’t available to help, professional cleaning services can help seniors maintain their home, especially if they no longer have the ability to keep up with housework. Professional services can also help with decluttering, downsizing and hoarder situations.
You can learn more about the importance of having cleaning services for seniors in our previous article.