Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task for anyone, but if you have limited mobility or if you just don't have as much spring in your step as you used to, it can seem overwhelming. Everyone could use a little help with their spring cleaning, so don't be afraid to ask for it. Below is a list of easy spring cleaning tips that anyone can use!
Make a List
Take a look at your house and yard and make a list of all the things that you want to get done. Putting everything on a list helps to place things in perspective. Here's a quick list of some things that you may want to do to get your list started.
- Wipe down walls.
- Dust shelves.
- Vacuum carpets, or even hire a company to shampoo them!
- Vacuum upholstery.
- Wash drapes.
- Clean windows.
- Wash or dust light fixtures.
- Go through closets.
You should also divide it up by the room, and work on each room on a different day, or two in one day if you're feeling ambitious! Be sure to get rid of clutter first, because this will make it easier to clean.
Schedule the bulk of your spring cleaning to be done within a certain time-frame. Commitment helps to push things along, and it also gives you a set time to find some help from a friend or loved one!
Once you figure out what needs to be done and when to do it, call your relatives to ask for some help moving the big items to the curb, or with other chores around the house. You can enlist the young people to do yard work and taller relatives to reach higher areas.
If your family isn't able to come and help, or if only a couple of them can get out, check with your friends or trusted neighbors to see if they can help. You can also check with an organization like the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), who help seniors downsize to move, but may help to downsize if you have a lot of things you do not want to hold onto anymore.
Resist the urge of trying to do everything yourself. Spring cleaning can be exhausting for anyone if they try to take it all on themselves.
Something you'll want to do yourself is to go through all of your stuff and see if anything needs to be thrown away. Do you have stacks of old papers taking up space and gathering dust? Go through them to see if there is anything you need, file those, then throw the rest away. You wouldn't want a relative doing this because they might not know what to keep and what to toss.
Keep Safety in Mind
Maintaining a safe house goes hand in hand with spring cleaning. While cleaning, focus on things that will contribute to making your home safer. Keeping your home clean means that it is sanitary, and not a haven for germs and bacteria Below are a couple of tips to help improve safety and sanitation standards:
- Throw out expired medication.
- Check smoke alarms and CO detectors and replace batteries if needed.
- Have the basement checked for mold.
- Have the air conditioner cleaned.
It's nice to know that spring is here and that you can open up the windows and let in the fresh air. Once you finish your spring cleaning, you can sit back with a glass of lemonade and enjoy your clean house and the beautiful weather.