Tips And Advice For Housekeeping

Everyone likes a clean house. The rooms were clean and neat making people feel at home. Keeping the house clean and tidy is important, because the house is the place to stay.

Keeping your surroundings clean comes with a myriad of benefits. You’ll feel a lot happier and a lot more comfortable when living in a clean home, and you’re more likely to keep housekeeping duties up if your living space already looks presentable.

Maintaining a clean home is also massively beneficial to health and safety. As well as helping you to keep good hygiene, it stops you from getting ill due to bacteria or viruses, and stops you from tripping over objects that have been left on the floor, for example.

With that in mind, here are some housekeeping tips & advice for seniors and their caregivers.

Keep it organised

Before you even think about picking up a vacuum or a mop, it’s a good idea to create some form of schedule or plan – regardless of if you’re working with a loved one or not. After you’ve established what tasks need performing – anything from throwing away expired food, to doing laundry, to searching for any trip hazards – make a to-do list. Listing the days of the week, figure out a routine that you and/or your caregiver can stick to. It could be that you spend one or two days of the week doing housework, that you tackle one room each day and have a day or two off, or that you choose a few smaller tasks to do each day. Doing this will help you to remember what tasks you have/ haven’t done, and can assist with keeping up a daily routine as a whole.

Think outside the box

As well as run-of-the-mill housekeeping tasks, you should aim to include other less thought of tasks on your daily/weekly schedule. This could be anything from organising any documents, bills, or paperwork you may have, to sorting out old magazines, to making sure that all the alarms in the house are functioning properly.

In fact, it’s a good idea to first rid your living space of clutter before you begin housekeeping tasks such as sweeping or dusting; it’ll make the process a lot easier, and you’ll feel as though you’ve accomplished a lot more.

It’s vital that you also think of housekeeping in terms of improving health and safety, too. You may want to consider things such as installing grab bars in the bathroom, having someone check that all of your medication is in date and organised, or establishing an emergency plan so you know what to do and who to call in the event of a fall or a kitchen accident, for example.

Make it fun!

Housekeeping tasks can often feel like a burden, regardless of your age or ability. Unfortunately, sitting back at watching everything pile up isn’t an option. To help your housekeeping routine seem a bit less dreary, why not try making a game of it, or rewarding yourself for your hard work?

Playing music whilst you work always helps – regardless of if you’re doing your chores with a loved one or not. If you’re still finding it hard to motivate yourself to keep up your housekeeping, why not develop a reward system? It could be that a completed week on your schedule wins you a meal somewhere nice with a loved one, or that you record your favourite TV show so it’s ready to watch at the end of your housework.

One of the most foolproof housekeeping tips is to get a loved one to join in on the work with you. It could be your partner, your friend, or a family member. As well as helping you with tasks you find difficult, it’ll provide you with some companionship, and will make your chores fly by.

Need a helping hand?

If at any point you find that everyday tasks are starting to become too difficult to manage, or that you’re unable to enlist the help of a family member, friend, or loved one as often as you would like, then housekeeping services provided by a care company may be of great benefit.