How to Organize Your Space

Home is where the heart is, and 90% of seniors say they want to age in their own homes. To
make that happen, the best thing you can do is make sure your home is safe. Making your home
safe means making it organized. Having your home organized is vital for many reasons. It will
be a gift to your eyes to walk into a clean, uncluttered space, but it’s also the key to making it
safe. God forbid an emergency happens, you need to know where your important documents and
treasured items are stored away and you need to be able to find first-aid supplies. As well as
organizing, you should remove anything that could cause an accident. For example, a cluttered
living room could cause a fall, and a medicine cabinet filled with expired prescriptions could be

Don’t worry though! Simple organizing can make sure any home is safe, whether it’s yours or
the home of a loved one. Here are our favorite organization tips for seniors.

  1. Keep important documents, information, and instructions stored together safely
    Documents like your passport and birth certificate should be stored together somewhere safe and
    accessible. It’s also helpful to write down where you put them, so you never forget. If you have
    items in your home or medical devices that require instructions, you want to have a safe,
    accessible place for those too. A filing cabinet that is well-labeled is a good idea as is having a
    relative or loved one help you get organized.
  2. Create storage that will be at waist height 
    Back and knee pain is an unfortunate reality for many seniors. As is Arthritis or losing flexibility
    and motion. Do yourself a great favor, and put anything you need on a regular basis in drawers
    that are easy to access. We love antiques over here, but we’ve taken the one with drawers that are
    too heavy or get stuck out of the house. It’s also easy to fall, or a pull a muscle dealing with an
    old or heavy piece of furniture
  3. Declutter the living room 
    You may be the type who prides themselves on a tidy house, so this one may not be for you. For
    many, the house, especially the living room, becomes filled with decades of stuff that you don’t
    need anymore. This is not the time to worry about guest seating; this is about your daily life and
    safety. Consider if specific pieces of furniture can go. If you have pets, put their toys and bed in a
    designated area and out of your walking way. Lots of stuff on surfaces? Decide which ones you
    need to see every day and then put the rest in storage. Same with reading materials – keep the
    ones you need and toss or store the rest.
  4. Find storage solutions  

“What does your home have room for?” Is the first question to ask yourself. Maybe you have
room to have shelves installed for books, trinkets, photos, and the rest of your belongings.
Perhaps there’s a garage, spare room, or extra close with room for plastic containers. If you’re
against throwing out precious items, pack them up, and put them away. If you have trouble doing
this yourself, hire someone. There are many people who specialize in going into cluttered homes
and getting them clean and organized.


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