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Spring Cleaning Made Easy: Tips for Seniors accent

June 12, 2024 | By

The new year may start in January, but spring often feels more like the fresh start we’ve been awaiting. It’s time to crack open those windows, let the sunshine in, and roll up your sleeves as you take some steps to make your home a cleaner, safer, more enjoyable space.

Consider these seven spring cleaning tips to make the most of this year’s fresh start.

1. Set goals for your spring cleaning.

What comes to mind when you hear the term “spring cleaning”? Depending on your perception, this annual undertaking can involve anything from a simple tidying up of your home to cleaning the insides of appliances, washing window treatments, reorganizing the garage, and more.

Whatever your outlook, start by setting some goals so you know what you hope to accomplish. Thinking through the tasks you want to complete will help you create a tentative schedule, enlist help, and gather all the necessary tools and supplies.

2. Pace yourself to avoid overdoing it.

Remember that spring cleaning doesn’t need to be completed in a day or even a week. After all, the season lasts for a quarter of the year! When you try to do everything all at once, you’re more likely to become mentally overwhelmed or physically exhausted.

Consider breaking tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks, and spread them out over several days or weeks to avoid overexertion. This may be one of the simplest (and yet most helpful) spring cleaning safety tips.

3. Declutter for a safer, more comfortable space.

Spring cleaning isn’t just about dusting and scrubbing; it’s also an excellent time to declutter and reorganize your space. Look for items you no longer need or rarely use, and either donate or dispose of them. For example, you may own seasonal decor you’re no longer interested in pulling out each year or accessories in the closet that no longer suit your style.

Unsure where to start? Use a decluttering checklist to sort through your home and pull out items you could do without.

4. Choose cleaning tools designed for your needs.

Having the right tools on hand can help make spring cleaning safer, more comfortable, and more efficient. Invest in tools that will decrease strain on your body and help you avoid injury. For example, this might include cleaning tools (e.g., dusters, mops, brooms, vacuums) that are:

  • Lightweight
  • Ergonomic  
  • Extendable

An upgrade as simple as a standing dustpan instead of one that requires you to squat or bend over can help you care for yourself while you care for your home. Want to make your job even easier? Look into high-tech tools like a robot vacuum!

5. Use cleaning products carefully.

Alongside cleaning tools, cleaning products are a must. Everyone prefers their favorite products, so our key advice is to exercise caution with whatever you use.

Before using any cleaning product (especially if you're trying out a new one), read the label carefully, paying attention to any warnings, instructions, and recommended safety precautions.

Some cleaning products call for some extra precautions. Harsh chemicals like bleach, for example, may warrant a mask, gloves, and even eye protection to help you protect your skin, eyes, and respiratory health. You should also consider opening windows when using harsh chemicals or cleaning products with strong fumes to allow fresh air to circulate.

If you’re worried about exposure to strong chemicals, opt for non-toxic cleaning products. Simple household solutions like soap and water or white vinegar are often enough to complete the job.

6. Conduct a safety audit of your home.

Why not use this opportunity to make your home not only a cleaner, more organized space but also a safer one? Look for ways to make your home more accessible and minimize safety risks.

For instance, now is an excellent time to:

  • Remove tripping hazards such as loose rugs
  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Ensure you own a fire extinguisher and know how to use it
  • Check your first aid supplies and replenish or replace items as needed

7. Enlist help from family, friends, or professional aides.

Spring cleaning can be a big undertaking and often involves physical strain that poses some risk to your well-being (for instance, climbing up step ladders or lifting heavy objects).

Don’t hesitate to ask friends, family, or neighbors for help. You can make it fun by telling stories and laughing as you work. When you’re ready for a break or are done for the day, you can enjoy a meal together. (Pizza, anyone?)

It’s OK if friends or family don’t live nearby or if you prefer to spend time with them in other ways. Instead, consider calling on the help of professional at-home service providers to assist you. Team members will show up with a smile, ready to help however is needed. You may even decide you would like regular visits in the future to help maintain your home.

Enjoy support at home in every season.

Whether you’re jumping into spring cleaning or managing routine tasks throughout the year, you don’t need to handle household chores alone. Friendly and capable at-home services team members are eager to lend a helping hand. Want to learn more about the types of help available? Read The Complete Guide to At-Home Services!

Learn more about at-home services in our complete guide!

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