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How to Help Your Elderly Parents Organize and Declutter

April 9th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized

For most elderly adults, the clutter of precious memories and treasured collections can go unnoticed over time. Changes are difficult at any age. When it’s time to declutter, it’s a good idea to spend time with our parents to share feelings and listen. The time spent together will make decluttering easier for everyone.

Re-organizing starts with an assessment of must-haves to maintain daily routines and the removal or replacement of certain items. Do a walk-through of the home, starting in the areas where they spend the most time. Pick a collection spot in preparation for storage, donations, selling or trash.

Walk Ways

Go through the hallways of the home, the patterns of movement from one room to another area visible. Remove the blockages to open the areas for easier access and help to prevent accidents.

Depending on the health and age of the senior, the stacked boxes may have used as support as they move through the home. Consider installing handrails for support.


We all have favorite pieces of furniture. It’s important for our parents to participate in selecting items for removal. The timing couldn’t be better for giving family heirlooms a new home. Clear off the tables and anything on the floor that could be hazardous. Make the time to explain why the old, worn or broken furniture needs to go.

This is an emotional time, be sure to keep the communications open through the entire process.

Closets and Cabinets

Walk through one room at a time. Begin in the bathroom and discard any outdated medicines or beauty products no longer needed or used. If it doesn’t fit in a single row on a shelf or in the drawer it’s clutter.

Next is the kitchen. Clear off the countertops and leave only the appliances used daily. Check the cords and plugs on the appliances for damages or needed repair. Tackle the drawers and cabinets, removing outdated, broken or unused utensils, pots, pans, and dishes.

Don’t forget the closets. Discard old clothing, shoes, and accessories that haven’t been worn in years.

In most cases, items need to be discarded, due to age, lack of function or safety hazards. If your parents are in need of home care, give our offices a call at 800-601-0783.

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