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Got Mom Clutter Free? Now Tackle Your Own Home

Posted by April Davis on Oct 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Got Mom Clutter Free? Now Tackle Your Own Home

Are you feeling your life is just a tad beyond your control? Do you feel constantly stressed out and find it difficult to relax, even when you are home? Maybe it is time to de-clutter and simplify your house. Living in a messy and disorganized space increases stress levels, and taking a few hours to reduce the clutter can have a positive influence on your life.  When the condition of your home allows you to relax, recharge, and reduce your stress level, you will find yourself in a much better state of mind to care for Mom.

Practical ways to de-clutter your life.

Uncluttering your home does not need to take days or mean that you must purge every nonessential thing in your life. You can enjoy the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle without having to live like a monk. Try some of these techniques to organize your home and significantly lower your stress level.

Go slowly. No one ever said you had to organize your entire home at one time.

  • Divide your home into manageable chunks. This will allow you to complete a de-cluttering project within a few hours and help you to avoid the frustration of having an unfinished task hanging over your head. If your space is really messy, begin with a closet or counter. Once you see the benefits of clutter-free living, you will want to organize the rest of your home.
  • Create a list of ten-minute tasks. Jobs like organizing mail or straightening a shelf are a great place to start. These short tasks are easy to fit into your schedule as you care for Mom, but they can make a huge difference in your home's appearance—and improve your sense of wellbeing.

Consolidate. Most people have a lot of stuff, but there are ways to reduce the clutter while holding on to the important things.

  • Take control of your collections. Collections look great, but even the most-loved ones can make your home look chaotic. If your collections have begun to take over your space, select a few of your favorite pieces to display and store the rest out of sight. A limited amount of items on display makes it easy to showcase the pieces you love, without overwhelming a room. You can always rotate which items you display to create a new look.
  • “A place for everything, and everything in its place” is a great motto for clutter-free living. Each item should have its own personal "home" where it lives when not in use: Storing items close to where they are used will make housekeeping tasks quicker and easier to complete. Bins or baskets that can be tucked away in a closet or other out-of-the-way areas are a great storage solution for rarely-used bulk items. A simple filing system for important papers is invaluable.

Get rid of what you don't use. It can be hard to give up something, even if keeping it is no longer practical. Many objects have memories attached to them which we don't want to forget. Unless you have a real use for your 5th grade report card or that dress your daughter had when she was 4, why do they need to take up space in your home?

Come up with a plan to tackle your problem areas. Devote 15-30 minutes each night and your home will be de-cluttered in no time! The few hours you spend de-cluttering each week are a solid investment in your health and wellness, and will recharge your emotional batteries to help you care for Mom.

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Topics: Downsizing for Seniors

April Davis

Written by: April Davis

April has over 15 years of experience working with residents in their Cottage home. She has worked in the Cottage in a variety of roles, giving her a unique perspective and a true understanding of what challenges our seniors and their families face. She has two children, Alyssa and Jackson.