Clutter Control an Important Part of Home Safety

by Lois Etienne on February 25, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

While clutter is not a problem unique to seniors, conditions of aging including arthritis can lead to disorder and chaos.

After all, too much clutter is a safety risk such as slipping on loose papers, threat of fire or the health effects of mold and mildew.  Clutter might also make you uncomfortable to have guests in your home.

We suggest a three-step plan using three bins — one for the stuff you want to keep, one for donations and the other for trash.  If you need a little help, why not enlist the assistance of a family member like a daughter or granddaughter.  It could be fun activity and an event that will help you share memories with your loved ones.  Here are some other ideas:

  • Save only a piece of a dress to make a quilt or display in a shadow box.  Scrapbooking and converting photos to DVDs are other ways to save treasured keepsakes without all the extra mess.
  • Give unused gifts back to the giver or grandchildren.
  • Buy a shredder to help you dispose of those unwanted papers.  Recycle newspapers and magazines.
  • Say “no” to free stuff and get off junk mail lists.  (If your family doesn’t want old photos, give them to museum, historical society, theater, library, church or synagogue.

For more information visit www.cluttercreep.com.

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