Senior tips from Better @ Home: taming the clutter

De-cluttering can make your home safer. Approximately a quarter of all seniors will experience a fall each year, and more than half of those will result in being hospitalized (Statistics Canada). 
Where Do I Start?
Make three piles: ‘Keep’, ‘Give Away’, and ‘Trash’.
Choose one spot: just focus on that one spot. Then tomorrow, do another spot.
Take one thing at a time: look at it, decide whether you really need to keep it. Have you used it in the last 6 months or year?

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Examples:
Pictures fade, but cards or children’s artwork can be scanned and saved to a computer and maintain their original bright colours.  Photos can be scanned so that family members can have their own copies.
When sorting clothing, ask yourself “Does it fit?” “Is it comfortable?” “Does it look good on me?”  The more you answer ‘no’, the more likely you should toss it or re-home it. Clothing in good repair can be donated. Recycle outdated or damaged clothing into ‘memory quilts’ and give to children or grandchildren.
Lots of heavy or outdated costume jewelry that you don’t wear anymore? Let children and grandchildren choose a piece if they like, then donate the rest.
Many seniors retire to smaller homes or apartments and take their furniture with them. If you have to thread your way through the furniture to get anywhere, consider selling or giving away some pieces and replacing some larger items with smaller ones, a love seat instead of a sofa, for example.
How many can-openers or hammers can you use at once? Sort through, remove unnecessary duplicates of tools or kitchen items and donate them or offer them to youngsters who might be setting up their first home.

Call the Better at Home/ Square 1 “Seniors’ Help Line” – 250-219-2119 for information, resources, and referrals.                  

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