Just imagine the time when you were a child and your parents mentored you how and where to place your daily routine-related items. You know well enough that they tried to make your life organized so that their baby would not face any difficulty at different stages of life as the organization is related to a stress-free mind that can deal with stressful situations easily.
As you grow and your elderly parents got aged and have a number of problems related to physical health like mental stress, arthritis, short-term memory loss, etc. Now it’s your duty to manage their things in an organized way so that their life status should be improved.
As you mentored well organized, you know the importance of organization. A number of studies revealed the fact that cluttered houses cause depression and suppress productivity. On the other hand organized house causes you to remain stress-free and your mind ponders over the new situations and big deals that keep you satisfied, healthy, and feeling independence that is your ultimate desire about your parents.
Helping your elderly parents organize their home needs some key issues to be kept in your mind. Those are as follows:
Sort out The Problems:
First of all, make sure you are not in hurry and know well enough that helping your elderly parents organize their home takes time as they spent decades on setting a lifestyle by collecting a number of things and you have to sort out them all. Now ponder over the problems they are facing, pen down the issues so that you plan better, not forgetting tiny issues.
After notifying the issues, set the priority list where to start and where to end.
Make Sure the Involvement of your Parents:
Always make sure to get your parent to collaborate as making decisions on your own about their goods would not be a good feeling for them as the aged people are sentimental about their respect and decisions.
Try to negotiate respectfully and plan the strategies with the collaboration of each other so they feel pleasant. While planning the strategy, reveal your idea and get their opinion. Respect their opinion and try to compensate that, it will strengthen the relationship and make you relief and generation gap will be reduced.
Manage the Plenty of Time:
To help your elderly parents to organize their home, you have to manage plenty of time so that you do everything in a systematic and organized way. During the organization, you don’t have to worry about your job issues, kid’s problems, this and that.
Sort out the Things:
Sort out the households into major categories:
Sentimental: Sort out the things about which your parents have sentimental feelings such as picture albums, cards, etc, and place them in a safe place.
Medical files: Medical files are the things catching high attention in older age. Save them, order them date to date, and place them in a safe place and every family member should know about that.
Medicines: Arrange the medicines in the medicine box in such a way that your elderly parents should not worry about frequency and time of dose as short-term memory loss or dementia is a common problem in the elderly.
Furniture and Other Households:
Categorize the furniture and other households into two main categories, things that are used more often and things that are not used for a year.
Place the things that are used more often should be placed at proper places such as furniture so as their corner not hit them. Most rushing areas should remain empty so that they remain safe in hustle and bustle.
Things that are not used for a year should be sorted out into two categories, usable and unusable. Usable things should further be categorized into two categories, donations, and retentions or things that need renovation. Unusable or unneeded items should be thrown out.