Though it may not seem like it in many parts of the country, spring will be here soon. And, spring is that traditional time for cleaning your house from top to bottom. If you’re of a “certain age,” you likely remember your mother and grandmother beating the rugs, re-lining the pantry shelves and turning the mattresses to make things fresh and new for the coming season. Getting older doesn’t mean you have to give up on spring cleaning, it just means you need to use your energy more wisely. Here are a few suggestions:
Spring cleaning over 50
1. Declutter the kitchen. The kitchen is the room that most of us spend the most time in. Use your spring cleaning initiative to make the room easier to use for the rest of the year. Do this by re-organizing your cupboards so that the things you use most are at eye level. That way you’ll avoid having to use a step stool very often.
2. Clean out that medicine cabinet. It’s (too) easy to let prescriptions and even over-the-counter medications collect in your medicine cabinet well after their expiration date. After all, you paid good money for them. However, expired medications, just like food, can be harmful or ineffective after a certain date. Better to dispose of them by taking them to a community drop-off point.
3. Make bathroom clean up easy. If you or someone in your household uses disposable briefs or other incontinence supplies, make keeping the bathroom fresh and clean easy by installing a plastic trash can with a lid and a plastic bag liner as a catch-all for these used items until they can be taken out with the trash.
4. Clear off your steps and stairways. Falls are the number one accident for those over age 65, according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Help you family to avoid such falls by cleaning off the items that seem to collect on staircases and steps.
Spring is a great time to make some healthy and work-saving changes in your household. Start by de-cluttering and making your house safe for all its residents,