The concept of spring cleaning was born many years ago, when our houses weren’t as secure and well built. Spring cleaning was a way of removing the dark, sooty grime that built up from using candles, kerosene lamps and wood stoves throughout the winter.
Even though our heating practices are much safer and secure in today’s world, the idea of spring cleaning is still engrained in our society. The idea of bringing fresh, clean air into our homes is exciting. Putting away blankets and quilts and making room for beach towels instead can bring instant gratification.
Even as we age, we can benefit from spring cleaning throughout our homes. And as a caregiver, spring cleaning can shed light on how your loved really is doing.
Cabinets, drawers, and files
Start with the desk. If your loved one has a computer, help them organize files and photographs. Check email and clean out inboxes. You can also delete items in the trash.
Check and file all medical paperwork and other important tax documents.
Look through medicine cabinets and underneath bathroom sinks for expired medicine or prescriptions no longer needed.
Purge old food from the refrigerator and throw away expired food from the pantry.
Clean and get rid of piles and fire hazards that may have stacked up throughout the home. This can include boxes, newspapers, mail, and other hazards.
Ensure all pathways inside and out are clear of tripping hazards. Put away or get rid of extra equipment and items no longer used or needed.
Be aware of what you “find.” Spring cleaning is a good way to get into your loved one’s home and uncover issues you may not have known exist. Cleaning can reveal the start of physical problems or deeper psychological and mental health issues your loved one may have been trying to cover up. This gives you a chance to make additional assessments, and create more detailed plans for the future, if necessary.