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Spring cleaning tips for seniors

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After hibernating indoors during the cold winter months, the warmer weather signals a time for spring cleaning to freshen up your living space.

Start by creating a checklist of everything you would like to accomplish. It is also a good idea to gather up all important documents and storing them in a safe place.

If you live independently, don’t be afraid to enlist help. Having a few extra hands will make the task go by quicker and create additional time to connect up with loved ones.

Do not attempt to move furniture or attempt to clean things that require you to climb a ladder or stand on a chair.

Spring cleaning is also a good time to review medications and dispose of pills that are expired or no longer used. Look through your refrigerator and check for expired food and wipe away spills and crumbs.

Create a safe environment while spring cleaning. Remove any clutter to open up closets and cabinets, and ensure throw rugs are taped down to avoid falls. Replace dim light bulbs for sufficient lighting.

Donate linens that you no longer use to a local animal shelter, and wash linens you don’t use frequently to give them a refresh. Recycle old newspapers and magazines and donate any old or unused items.

Living in a senior living community like Heritage Woods of Minooka means smaller square footage - and less cleaning! Spring cleaning may spark the need to downsize in retirement while continuing to live an independent and active lifestyle.

Heritage Woods of Minooka, an Assisted Lifestyle Community for the Older Adult, 701 Heritage Woods Drive, Minooka, IL, 60447, 815.467.2837, www.gardant.com/heritagewoodsminooka