In the past few years organization and de-cluttering has become a central focus in mainstream media. From TV shows to book to mental health professionals, organizing your life seems like one thing that they can all agree makes you mentally healthier. Before age gets in the way, take time to get to know the following 8 steps to making your space less stressful. Creating systems, asking for help from friends and family, evaluating any new space you might be moving into and definitely, get all of your paperwork sorted and stored both physically and digitally.
- Your spouse and kids can help you sort through everything and decide what to do with it all.
- Keep safety in mind, as clutter can be a trip hazard for senior citizens.
- If you are helping a loved one move into a memory care facility, try to set up that person’s space so the layout is close to their former space.
“Creating a system before organizing and downsizing can help the process go smoother. This can be as simple as getting large boxes and labeling them with Keep, Donate, Gift or Throw Away.”