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Spring Cleaning Gives More Than It Takes

Apr 26, 2019

Spring Cleaning Gives More Than It Takes

There is something about Spring that makes us want to freshen things up.  Throw open the windows and allow new air to circulate.  Getting rid of old stuff makes room for new possibilities.

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 or at work. 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.

 

Colorful cleaning supplies on a light pink background.

Colorful cleaning supplies on a light pink background.

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!
  • Go paperless, all bills and financial statements are available online.
  • 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.  Make sure utensil drawers are neatly arranged, and that your favorite dishes and glassware are easy to access.
  • This is a good time to make sure your lighting is good and your rugs are not hazards.
  • Get your windows and carpets cleaned, it’s a great way to refresh.  Have furniture cleaned or repaired if needed.
  • Treat yourself to some fresh flowers or flowering houseplants.  Refresh your indoor foliage, houseplants cleanse the air.
  • Get rid of clothes you don’t wear.  Donate it to charity or consign it for resale.  The same goes for furniture.  If you have trouble parting with your possessions, consider professional help.
  • Reorganize your closet for the new season.  Put away winter gear for easy access when needed.
  • Get your office cleaned up and organized as well, it’s a guarantee to improved productivity.

 

More about low vision organizing and home on OE:

Colorful clothing organized in a closet.

Colorful clothing organized in a closet.

Time to Get Organized

An organized home is key for living with low vision.

 

A stand lamp with the light on in a dark living room.

A stand lamp with the light on in a dark living room.

Home Safety And Light Check Up

A low vision safety and light assessment. 

 

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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