It’s pretty obvious how clutter in the home could present opportunities for accidents in the aging population, but what about how it effects their mental health as well?
Having a month or two of mail stacked on the dining room table not only looks unsightly but will also contribute to more mental clutter as well. That doesn’t even to take in the back room full of unused craft supplies or clothes. Then there’s the cupboard full of vitamin and herb supplements that are 10 years old.
I remember years ago someone saying: “what you’re seeing on the outside is just what it feels like to be on the inside of me.”
And it works both ways. Outside clutter contributes to inside clutter in a mind that is already very full of “files” that need to be sorted through to retrieve names, places, and memories.
Reducing some of the clutter as well as organizing the rest and putting systems in place to help them stay organized, can extend the amount of time people get to remain in their own home by clearing out the mental clutter that accompanies this.
Navigating this area with an aging family member can be a mine field for family dynamics. I recommend you seek out professional to help with this. Look for a professional organizer that specializes in working with seniors. I can’t stress this enough because this is a very emotion full landscape and having someone who has a heart for this population and understands the speed in which they work will go a long way to a successful de-cluttering and organization journey