Whether you’re planning to move to a senior living community or just trying to finally get your home organized, here are some tips on how to tackle a few things that may cause clutter in your Orlando home.
1. Mail: Keeping mail that isn’t very important will clutter your home. A good tip is to sort your mail as soon as you retrieve it. Be sure to keep the important things such as bills or notes from family members. Sort through coupon books and newsletters, only keeping the coupons you actually have a need for and throw out the rest. At this point in your life, you’ve built your credit already, so if you get any credit card offers, shred them.
2. Don’t put off your bookkeeping. Have a family member help you set up systems to pay your bills in a timely fashion and meet other obligations by their deadlines. If you feel the need for it, hire a financial advisor to keep track of your payments and savings.
3. Medical records: Organize your medical history and records, especially if you have an illness or chronic condition. Keep histories, test results, and doctor’s notes in an expandable file folder system (such as this one) along with all your other records and important paperwork.
4. Organize your important current records such as legal documents, insurance policies, investment records, bank account information and ownership documents. Keep all of these in a file folder system like the one mentioned in tip #3 for easy access whenever you need it.
5. Keep a calendar: Keep a wall calendar or appointment book to keep track of important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries, as well as doctor appointments and payment due dates. Writing important things down helps you remember them better.
6. Avoid stockpiling. Keep a written inventory of cleaning supplies, cosmetics, medications and household items, and only buy more when you are near running out. It helps to stick a color coding label (such as this one) when you notice you are almost running out of something, as this will remind you that it is almost time to buy more of that product. Also, take a close look at your wardrobe seasonally. If you haven’t worn it recently and feel like you won’t be, donate it. Try to recognize and overcome your “hoarding” tendencies.
7. Organize current prescription and over-the-counter medications. If someone isn’t doing this for you and you’re keeping track of your own medications, chart each one and lay out a schedule for taking them. Use a daily pill organizer or pill bottle I.D. band to help you keep track of your medications as well as ensure that you are taking them as directed. Keep a list of your current medications with you at all times.
8. Safety first. An orderly house is a safe house. Clutter and crowding create trip hazards especially in entranceways, pathways and stairs. Keeping your home organized will help keep you out of harm’s way.
If you’re ready to take a new step in your life and relocate to a luxury senior living community in Orlando, call Oakmonte Village today to see how our staff can help keep you comfortable, organized, and worry-free. 407-732-5800