A home full of clutter could put your elderly loved one’s health at risk. The junk could cause slips and falls and lead to poor hygiene. Help your loved one dispose of unused items to maintain an easy-to-manage living environment. Here are some of the steps you can take to get rid of clutter in your loved one’s home.
1. Throw Out Unused Items
Almost everything your loved one owns will have some type of sentimental value. However, it is not good to hold on to every personal item. Help your loved one go through the items and decide what should stay, what can be donated, and what should be thrown out. Your loved one should only keep the items he or she uses on a regular basis.
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2. Rent a Storage Unit
Sometimes seniors are unwilling to part with their personal belongings. Instead of upsetting your loved one, consider renting out storage space to house his or her things. Check with local companies to find the most affordable storage unit. Some companies offer discounts to senior citizens. To cut costs and cover the monthly storage fee, ask your loved one to downsize or move in with your family. Moving in with you could save your loved one money and give you the ability to monitor his or her health on a daily basis.
3. Have a Garage Sale
Seniors may be less reluctant to get rid of their personal belongings if they can cash in on the items. Suggest a garage sale and see how your loved one responds. If your loved one agrees, start cleaning out the home room by room and see which items he or she wants to sell. Go to garage sales within the community to get an idea of where to start. Some churches and organisations have regular yard sales that allow members to sell off unused items. Although your loved one may not be earning money, he or she will feel good donating the items to someone in need.
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4. Search for Online Reading Materials
In the event your loved one has stacks of newspapers, old magazines, and other reading materials, search for these items online. If you can find the materials online, persuade your loved one to recycle or discard the old newspapers, books, and magazines that are cluttering the home. Your loved one could also donate the materials to the local library, hospital, or school. Many reading materials are also available in audio format, which is ideal for seniors who have vision, memory, and comprehension issues.
5. Conduct Regular Cleanings
The clutter in your loved one’s home likely took years to accumulate, leading to outdated food in the pantry, closets with no space, and a bunch of items that were used for past hobbies. Conducting regular cleanings can limit the clutter in your loved one’s home, preventing him or her from eating spoiled food, tripping on the junk blocking the walkways, or wearing too little clothing and accessories. Clean your loved one’s home thoroughly at least twice every year or hire professional cleaners to remove the clutter.
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