Last Updated: June 9, 2024

Temperatures may be rising in Florida, but spring is still in full swing – and with it comes spring cleaning. Why not refresh your living space and create a fresh start before summer officially arrives? spring cleaning florida seniors wellness

What is Spring Cleaning?

Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning out your living space. While it does not have to be done in the spring, the season is often considered a “fresh start” after the end of winter but before the start of summer.

Spring cleaning usually entails tasks that are outside of your regular cleaning routine – with emphasis on deep cleaning, decluttering, and reorganizing.

What is the History of Spring Cleaning?

history of spring cleaning seniors passover holy week nowruz songkran Spring cleaning dates back to biblical times across numerous religions and cultures. 

For example, the Jewish the holiday Passover – which occurs in March or April – involves the cleansing of the house and kitchen of leavened bread products. In Catholicism, it is a religious practice to clean the altar and home during Holy Week in the spring.

Similarly, the Persian New Year, called Nowruz, is celebrated on the first day of spring and traditionally involves cleaning the home prior to New Year festivities. And, the Thai new year festival in April called Songkran is also centered around washing away the previous year and preparing for the new year ahead.

Finally, spring cleaning has a practical history as well. When homes were heated with coal or wood or lit with oil, people used the spring as an opportunity to clean the home of soot that accumulated over the winter. 

Why is Spring Cleaning Beneficial for Seniors?

Many people – seniors included – have a tendency to hold on to excess clutter and items they no longer need. However, removing these unnecessary items from the home can be extremely beneficial, both physically and mentally.

First, removing unneeded objects from your living space lowers the risk of falling for seniors. Having unnecessary items around the house can be hazardous and a major safety risk for older adults, who may not be able to navigate around them easily.

Along with physical safety, spring cleaning can also be crucial to mental well-being. Psychology Today explains that clutter and chaotic environments can have physiological impacts, causing stress, difficulties with concentration, and limiting feelings of accomplishment and productivity. On the other hand, cleaning your living space reduces stress and allows you to feel more calm, have better concentration, feel accomplished, and many more mental health benefits.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

Spring cleaning has countless benefits for seniors’ physical and mental health. Here are some tips for seniors to successfully clean their living spaces and declutter their environment – and mind – in the spring.

  • Separate tasks into small chunks 

The idea of spring cleaning can feel intimidating. That is why it is important to work into small chunks of time rather than getting overwhelmed by trying to complete it all at once. Start with one room or area at a time, and set a timer to effectively devote your time to cleaning without getting overloaded. spring cleaning declutter clean organize donate senior

  • Focus on removing clutter

Excess clutter can be a serious tripping hazard for seniors. One of your priorities should be putting away, donating, or getting rid of all unnecessary items and clutter. This is especially necessary for items on the floor and in walkways to prevent falling. Not to mention, having less clutter helps the brain feel more at ease and can even improve sleep quality.

  •  Complete routine checks of household appliances

Spring is a great time to make sure your fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Test the batteries of your detectors and check the expiration date of your extinguisher to ensure everything is functioning as it should.

  • Clean out the fridge and pantry

One of the best tasks you can do to stay healthy, prevent foodborne illnesses, and keep your kitchen sanitary and fresh is to clean out your fridge, freezer, and pantry. You’d be surprised how many items you may be holding on to that are expired or no longer safe to consume. 

  • Check your medicine cabinet

Medicine cabinets are places that can easily become overcrowded without regular clean-outs. Check the expiration dates of your medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – and safely dispose of anything that is past the date. You can bring old medications to most local drugstores for disposal. Many police or fire stations also hold “medicine give-back days” to safely return old medications.

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  • Clean your bed

It is no secret that washing your sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads, blankets, and mattress pads is a necessity. However, sometimes we forget, or we realize it has been awhile since we have completed this task. Let go of any feelings of shame or embarrassment, and just begin. Strip the bed, throw everything in the washing machine and dryer, and remake the bed when it’s done. You will have a wonderful night of sleep in your fresh, clean bed – guaranteed.

  • Improve air quality

The quality of air in your home is important to prevent asthma, allergies, and respiratory issues. Air quality can be impacted by dust, pollen, and other airborne particles. You can tackle these issues and breathe easy with frequent dusting, wiping off surfaces, vacuuming, and investing in a high quality air purifier (or changing the filter if you already have one).

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  • Involve a friend or family member

Spring cleaning can be difficult to take on alone – especially when it involves lifting heavy items or moving things around. Try involving a friend, family member, or neighbor who can help you lift items and decide what to keep or get rid of. Most people are happy to help, and you can offer to help them clean out their homes in return. 

Don’t know anyone who can help? Involve an expert from Florida Senior Consulting Advisors. They can connect you with the best resources to make your home a safe environment – and they’ll even help you with the spring cleaning process themselves.

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Senior Health and Well-being

Spring cleaning is just one way to improve seniors’ health and wellness. Another way for seniors to stay healthy and safe is by having proper living arrangements.

The experts at Florida Senior Consulting Advisors can help you find the best Florida senior living options at no cost to you. Or, if you wish to age in place from the comfort of your own home, we will help you make that happen in the safest way possible.

From helping you pack, accompanying you on tours, or helping make your home a safe place to age, Florida Senior Consulting Advisors is there for you every step of your senior living journey.

Discuss your next best steps with us for free. Call (800) 969-7176 or visit SeniorConsultingAdvisor.com for more information about how you can maintain your mental and physical wellness throughout your golden years!

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