It's that time again, time for seniors and others to start the customary practice of Spring Cleaning. Along with asking for help when you need it and taking things slow, here is a checklist of things to give your attention to this year.
Before Getting Started
Before you even pick up a cleaning supply, you should set some expectations with your loved one. Reassure your loved one that you aren't there to take over their house. You just want to assist them in cleaning.
If there are items that you think should be thrown out, contrary to how they feel, take the time to have a conversation rather than being dogmatic. Perhaps there is good reason to keep an item. If it will help, suggest a family member or friend that can use it and will take good care of it. Be realistic about how much time you can devote to the project, either a few full days or parts of some days. Take it one room at a time so that your senior's home doesn't inadvertently end up in complete disarray.
Basic Spring Cleaning Checklist
Window panes and frames tend to get ignored for much of the year. So be sure to get out the glass cleaner, dusters, shampoo, and other products for windows as well as their blinds, curtains, and other coverings.
Most households have a favorite place to hide things or to temporarily place them until it's decided where they should go permanently. So be sure to organize the things that have gotten lost in your closets, drawers, under the sinks, or any other popular areas.
Beds, refrigerators, stoves, and other fixtures tend to stay in their chosen place all year long. That means the dust, fallen items, and everything else under and around them are waiting to be cleaned or removed and now is a great time to do it. Definitely ask for help with these tricky areas.
Use a duster or a damp cloth to clean the ceiling and other fans, air vents, and baseboards, including in the bathroom and the laundry room.
Take this opportunity to check the batteries in the smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries as necessary and buy more to have on hand as extras.
Collect and organize any bills, statements, junk mail, or other pieces of paper that are laying around. Shred, recycle, or discard those that are no longer needed.
Disinfect both the dishwasher and washing machine if that hasn't been done recently.
If this checklist seems unmanageable, it might be time for some extra help. Caring Senior Service offers housekeeping services that may assist you with your spring cleaning. In addition, we have the experience, compassion, and training necessary for comprehensive home care to make life easier for seniors and their families. To learn more about the services we provide, contact us today!