How to Make Your Home Work for You as You Age

Living in an organized home is beneficial for everyone.

As a senior it is even more crucial, especially if you want to remain independent and in your own home

Making sure that items you use everyday are accessible and that your house is set up in a way that promotes your health and well being is essential. There are lots little things that you can do that can make your home not only more user friendly, but also safer as you age.

Here are a few things you can do RIGHT NOW to make sure your space is working for you.

Declutter your home

If you have lived in your house for a while you have probably accumulated a lot of stuff, especially if it is the house where you raised your family. Go through each room in your house and get rid of things you don't use anymore. From unused kitchen utensils to your children's 30-year-old art work there are probably plenty of items that you can get rid of that will help in the overall organization of your home.

That's not to say that you have to get rid of EVERYTHING. If something has particular sentimental value make sure it is in a place where you can see and use it regularly. If it is hidden away in a drawer chances are you won't miss it.

Identify some of the biggest problems, and find a solution

Take some time and think about the things about your home that aren't working for you. Maybe stairs are becoming more difficult, or you are constantly worried about tripping over the area rug in your living room. Here are a few common issues that seniors who are living in their own home face and how to address them:

  • If your mobility isn't great consider moving your bedroom to the main floor of the house and leave the upstairs for visitors like grandchildren.
  • Having nightlights strategically placed around the house can also do wonders for preventing falls if you need to get up during the night.
  • Investing in handrails for the bathroom is also a great idea if you find getting in and out of the tub or shower is becoming more difficult.
  • If you have difficulty remembering to take medication invest in a pill calendar box. That way you always know which medication to take when.

No matter what the difficulty chances are there is a quick solution that will make your house more user-friendly and safe.

Get help

If you are a senior living independently there is no shame in getting some help to get and stay organized. Having a friend or family member come over to help you go through your mail or organize your pantry can do wonders to help the job seem less overwhelming.

Hiring a cleaning service can also help you stay organized and make sure that your home gets a proper clean without you having to waste your valuable energy. Having someone come to your house once a week will also help you stay on track and keep your home clutter-free.

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