3 Essential Spring Cleaning Tasks

Judith Thomas  |  April 14, 2016
3 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips

With Spring already here, it's time to start creating your to-do list for Spring cleaning. While your list may be long, there are a few tasks that you should make sure you include to ensure your home is safe and comfortable. Tick these chores off your list this year:

1. Reorganise drawers and cabinets
Drawers that you use several times a day, such as the one in the kitchen that holds your cutlery, should be organised first to ensure everything you need most frequently is within reach. Having belongings effortlessly at hand makes performing daily tasks much easier. Similarly, make a list of the medications you use and ensure they can be easily accessed in your cabinet. Check the expiration dates on over-the-counter medications you use.

If you care for an older person and are lending a helping hand with spring cleaning chores, keep an eye out for any badly misplaced items, such as clothes in the refrigerator. This could be an indicator of memory loss or that the person may be finding it difficult to continue living on their own.

Carers can help their elderly loved ones by going through their medicine drawers to ensure all medication is up to date.Carers can help by checking medicine cabinets to ensure all medication is up to date.

2. Check smoke detectors
Replacing the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is fundamental to creating a safe living environment. Check the batteries to ensure they're working properly. In fact, it's best to check them once every week or two. If you need a ladder to reach your alarms, it may be best to reduce your risk of falling and ask a loved one or neighbour to do it for you.

3. Declutter your walkways
According to the NHS, about 1 in 3 people over 65 years old in the UK who live at home will fall at least once each year. One of the most common reasons people fall at home is because their walkways are cluttered. Make sure that your furniture is arranged in a way that makes it easy to walk without bumping into anything or tripping. Reorganise your closets to allow extra room for any objects that may be cluttering your space. There may even be a few items that you don't need anymore and could donate, pass on to a family member or dispose of. 

At Gracewell care homes like our Pemberley House, we ensure our living environments are safe and comfortable for residents. To find a location near you, contact us today.