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.
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:
An organized home is key for living with low vision.
A low vision safety and light assessment.