While it may still feel like winter in some areas, spring is here in some places and coming soon to others. Now is a great time to go through your mom's home and get rid of winter dust, trapped odors, and clutter. Here are the areas of the home where you should concentrate your focus.
All Curtains, Pillows, and Comforters
Go through the house and gather comforters, pillows, and comforters. If your mom's washer can handle it, put them in as many loads as needed to give them a good cleaning. You may need to go to a laundromat to use a heavy-duty washing machine that can handle the weight.
Before you toss curtains into the wash, make sure they're not dry clean only. If they are, you need to bring them to the dry cleaners. Some curtains may only tolerate being shaken out. Once they're clean and dry, you can hang them back up.
Kitchen Cupboards and Fridge
Tackle the kitchen next. Go through the cupboards, fridge, and freezer. Look at the expiration dates on everything. For opened containers, make sure there is no mold growing or pantry pests having a feast. If anything is contaminated or questionable, toss it into the compost or trash.
If you find foods that your mom bought multiples of and then didn't like, set them aside. You'll want to do the same with any items she received as gifts and has no intention on using. Box them up to donate to the food shelf.
Once the shelves are empty, wipe them down with a mixture of bleach and water or vinegar and water. Scrub any stains or spills. Dry the shelves thoroughly before putting items back.
Living and Family Room Furniture and Carpets
If you don't own one, rent a carpet cleaner that has upholstery attachments. Give all of the carpets a thorough wash using the carpet cleaner. Use the upholstery attachments to wash sofa and chair upholstery. This removes the dust and odors that collect over the winter. You'll need to let the upholstery dry before using the furniture again, so you might want to spread this chore out over a few days.
With your mom's home clean and smelling fresh, she'll be happier and ready to greet the season's sun and fresh air. If she can't spend time outside alone without supervision, make sure you have elderly care services lined up.
Time spent outside helps shake off any winter blues that remain. With a caregiver to join her for walks or time outside, your mom's mood will lift.
IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN MERIDIAN, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.
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