A new year often brings with it the urge to clean and organise our home. We’ve put together some top tips for keeping things organised and getting the job done well.
If you have an elderly loved-one, neighbour or friend whose house needs some TLC, then why not give them a hand? Please only enter their home if they are a part of your support bubble and follow all social distancing guidelines.
- Gather all of your cleaning products and materials together such as sprays, dusters, scrubbing brushes and polishes. Then you will have everything to hand before you start
- Write a list of jobs that need doing in each room. Start with the most important and biggest first, then you can tick them off as you go. Very satisfying!
- Be sure to set yourself aside enough time to do all of the jobs. This could be during a weekend.
- Go from room to room and complete one room at the time.
- Tackle all the bigger jobs first, such as washing bedding and mattress toppings. If their care labels say you can, then you could also wash pillows and duvets.
- Wash or dry clean your curtains and clean the inside of your windows.
- Remember that the outside of your home will need a spruce up too. Wash windows and woodwork, wipe down front doors and any door furniture. Check pots and any plants, and give everything a wash, tidy, brush up and sort out. Also, check your patio paving for slippery algae or moss, which needs to be cleaned off too. If you have reduced mobility or are elderly, we would advise asking for help with this one.
For anyone out there looking after someone with dementia, we also have some helpful tips on helping them to declutter their home, here.