In observance of Get Organized week, October 4th through 10th, we have created a wonderful list of ways for you to help you and your aging loved ones get organized and prepare for the upcoming colder months.
- Make a list – Making a list of rooms or areas you want to organize. Making a schedule to complete your project allows you to not become overwhelmed with a larger room or area. Giving yourself plenty of time and a deadline for completion will help keep you on track.
- Plan your project – Think about each room or area on your list and put on your list the items you will need to make your organization complete. Gathering baskets, buckets, drawer organizers, ties, etc. prior to starting will allow for you to focus on the task at hand and make completing the task more manageable.
- Labels – Once you have your baskets, bins, and drawer organizers labeling them will help you to ensure everything has its proper place and for quick identification. This will also help in the future to allow you to easily find what you are needing and return items to their home. Also, if you label items that may are heavy or you may need assistance to retrieve are added reminders to ask for help and can help to prevent injuries.
- Storage – Keep items frequently used or heavy items at waist level if possible. This will help prevent falls from ladders or step stools or strain on backs and legs when bending over. Additionally, putting items used seasonally in tubs in a storage area will allow for items needed during the fall/winter to be more easily accessible without clutter.
A few areas to put on your to-do list for organization and preparedness as we transition into the colder months are to:
- Clear out older items from the freezer to allow for fresh freezer items to be stored for upcoming months. If you have food in your freezer with freezer burn, it’s not worth saving. It’s not going to taste good and is just taking up unnecessary space.
- Stock up on non-perishable groceries. This will allow for a healthy meal to be prepared without having to leave the house in inclement weather.
- Inventory winter coats, boots, and gloves. Going through old items to ensure they fit properly and are not in need of repair will allow for you and your loved one to be prepared for the colder months.
- Yard care. Ensuring that leaves are raked and sidewalks are cleared from debris will ensure the safety of you and your guests as the weather starts to turn.
- Vital Documents. Create a space to keep and easily access vital documents, information, and instructions. This will allow your loved one to easily find this information if needed.
- Check lighting. Ensure that light bulbs are replaced and that lights are in good working order. Setting outside lights or lamps on timers to come on at dusk will help to eliminate potential trip or fall risks.
- Home Maintenance. Having your heater, chimney, and water heater inspected will ensure that they are in good working order for the colder months ahead.
Organizing and decluttering your home will allow for you to stay organized, easily find items that you need, give items a designate spot to be returned to, allow for easy accessibility to frequently used items, and help prevent falls or injuries by keeping items off of stairs or out from under foot and in storage areas. After you have completed your organization, cleaning, and restocking, creating daily organizational habits can help to keep your home organized. You could even create a daily maintenance checklist to ensure daily items such as locking the door, setting timers, taking medications, turning off electronics, or even doing the dishes are completed each day to help you stay organized. With your new organization, now you can relax and enjoy the season!