Clutter builds up quickly and sometimes goes unnoticed until you realize there isn't a clear surface anywhere in your apartment. This is especially problematic for seniors, who could trip on clutter. If you're tired of losing items, tripping on piles of stuff, and having to clear a space on your table to work, try these four ways to declutter one-bedroom senior apartments.
1. Start a New Habit
If you know anyone whose home is always tidy, you might be surprised to learn that they don't spend hours cleaning every day. The same way that clutter builds in little bits over time, it only takes a few minutes each day to keep the mess at bay.
The first step is committing to spend a short time - between five and 15 minutes - each day organizing and decluttering. If you've never tried this, keep your limit on the shorter side of five minutes. This way you won't be overwhelmed and are less likely to get distracted by something else.
Making a small step is also much easier to keep consistently without becoming discouraged. Finding the motivation to spend any time cleaning is difficult, but the mental hurdle of devoting just a few minutes to it is more likely to be successful.
2. Pick a Small Area
After you've determined how much time you're going to spend, pick one small area to work on. This could be a single kitchen drawer, one bookshelf, or the corner of one room. The idea is to choose an area you can finish in just a few minutes.
Starting a new habit is like retraining your brain out of its familiar path. Having a small enough area to give yourself the satisfaction of a finished job will motivate you to clean another space tomorrow. Little by little, you can conquer the apartment clutter.
3. Prioritize Items You Use Most
Decluttering doesn't mean you need to throw away or donate everything in your one-bedroom senior apartment. Instead, think of it as bringing forward the most useful items and pushing back the least useful.
For example, organize your kitchen cupboards with the items you use every day such as plates, glasses, and mugs at the front in easily reachable shelves. Appliances and utensils you only use once in a while should be further back or up high where they aren't in the way of reaching more regularly used things.
4. Let Go of Extra Stuff
You can reorganize everything in your one-bedroom senior apartment, but at the end of the day, it might just be time to get rid of things you don't actually need or use. Don't feel like everything needs to be trashed though - use this as an opportunity to recycle and reuse.
Check with your local community resources to see if there is a free reuse center where you can donate items to others nearby.