In addition to managing and operating my business, I also work full-time at a Lead Agency in Washington, DC that provides resources and services for older adults to thrive as they continue to age. So, when a member of the South Columbia Baptist Church reached out to me to speak to the older adults in their congregation, I was thrilled!
I am always appreciative and grateful whenever an organization solicits my services to speak to their group about the importance of getting organized. By speaking to the attendees I'm able to establish a one and one connection, explain why/how I got started in the organizing profession, and share my personal organizing tips which can be easily implemented after the conclusion of the presentation.
Growing older is inevitable and according to aginginplace.org many older adults are opting to stay in their home and age independently as opposed to residing in an assisted living facility. To be honest, I think that's great, but to ensure that older adults are independent and safe within their own homes, it's imperative that the home maintain a level of order.
Here is a recap of the information I shared with the attendees at the Lunch n' Learn.
Clear Away The Clutter
I've been in several homes of older adults where there was paper strewn across the floor. As someone with a steady gait, I had to be careful when navigating throughout the home. So, I can only imagine the challenges an older person who uses a cane or walker has to experience when moving throughout the cluttered space. I shared with the attendees that a space full of clutter is a fall risk for older adults who may already have an unsteady gait. And if an older adult does not have a steady gait then cluttered walkways can still be a hazard but also an eyesore and a stressor because it's difficult to look for items. It's very easy for papers and other items to start to spill out into a space.
Tip: It's necessary to tidy-up a space by starting small in one area and to gradually work up to the challenging parts of the home. While, sorting through the items, it's important to create separate piles to determine what should be kept, donated, or discarded. The items that are being donated and discarded should be removed from the home as soon as possible so that they don't take up space. Once it's been determined which items should be kept then the appropriate organizing products should be utilized such as a filing cabinet to organized and secure documents and labeled bins and containers to quickly access items. By doing this, it eliminates the clutter and also prevents clutter to continue to pile-up because there is now a designated place for items to go.
Getting Organized Can Promote
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