The first day of Spring 2020 arrived last week with very little fanfare. Our focus instead has turned to copious cleansing, social distancing and sheltering in place. It can be difficult not to dwell on the devastating COVID19 news of the day. Staying healthy and safe is everyone’s priority. May we suggest a spring cleaning project as a needed boost to mental health and overall well-being?
The rewards of a good spring cleaning are even greater for people with vision loss. Choose one or two ways you can improve your environment at home. Think of it as a gift you give yourself. Being able to reach for something and finding it in its designated place, is a habit you’ll be happy to repeat, over and over. It never gets old.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Get rid of clutter. Will you ever read that stack of magazines? Do you really need a CD collection? If in doubt, throw it out!
- Clean your refrigerator thoroughly, and throw out old or expired items. Organize the shelves so the items used regularly are prioritized.
- Organize your kitchen for daily use, one section at a time. Make sure utensil drawers are neatly arranged, and that your favorite dishes and glassware are easy to access. Clean all surfaces and wash all items with hot soapy water so they feel fresh and new.
- Plan to get your windows and carpets cleaned, once things get back to some semblance of normal, it’s a great way to refresh.
- Nows the time to get your bathroom organized anew. Get rid of all the items you don’t use and give the things you’re always searching for their own special spot.
- Treat yourself to an online purchase of greenery or a flowering houseplant. Refreshing your indoor foliage will cleanse the air and lifts your spirit.
- Clean a closet or two. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear. When the world opens up again, you can donate to charity or consign it for resale.
- Reorganize your closet for the new season. Put away winter gear neatly, for easy access when needed.
- Get your home office cleaned up and organized as well, it’s guaranteed to improved productivity.
- Go paperless, all bills and financial statements are available online.
- Don’t forget to do a much needed cleaning to purge old mail, outdated files and apps from your computer and mobile devices.
More about low vision organizing and home on OE:
An organized home is key for living with low vision.