Spring is upon us. Most of our Seniors could use a hand with spring cleaning. Cleanliness benefits more than just the esthetics of the home of our aging loved ones. Cleanliness benefits their mood, hygiene, and health.
What is it about early spring that everyone feels like cleaning?
Small correction: nobody may actually feel like cleaning, but most of us do want a clean, fresh smelling Home — don’t we?
I have a friend, whose Home was never very clean, who would often make the following proclamations about her girlfriend:
“Her Home is clean because, she just loves cleaning!”
This statement made me think about my own cleaning habits, and I started asking myself the following questions:
“Do I love to clean?”
“Do I really love cleaning?“
Soon thereafter, the answer became very clear:
“I do not! (notice the exclamation mark).”
“I do not love cleaning!”
“I really don’t…”
“Actually, I dislike cleaning…”
“But, I really do love the feel of a clean Home.”
I have always believed that there is nothing like the comfort of knowing that my Home is sparkly clean. I love the feeling of sitting down, after the cleaning job is done, and knowing that my Home is clean.
There are very few things that get me more uncomfortable than knowing that there is a thick layer of dust all over my Home. Did you know that up to 80% of household dust is fabric lint, pet dandruff (if you have a pet), insect waste, and dead skin particles? Eww! Who wants to breathe that in? When it comes to my kitchen, I simply cannot stand any sort of smell of rotten food coming out of my garbage can. I know, I know — garbage can is for garbage. But does that mean that it has to stink up my whole kitchen and half of the Home?
The bottom line is that very few people — if any — actually love the job of cleaning, but most of us love the end result of having a clean Home. I have also come to realize that the aforementioned friend, whose Home was never very clean, really used those inaccurate, proclamatory statements to justify her own deficiencies and guilt.
Therefore, the opening line of: “So what is it about spring that everyone feels like cleaning?” is really inaccurate.
The accurate statement should read: “So what is it about spring that everyone feels like they want to have a clean home?”
Well, … the leftovers of dirty snow have melted away from the sides of the road. The driveway and walk-up to our Home may be covered with leftovers of sand we used for traction during the winter. The garage, the shed, the hallway may be obstructed with snow shovels, brooms, sand or salt buckets. The potential of snowfall and very cold weather is mostly gone. Warmer, sunny days are becoming more frequent … and change is seen all around us. There is a certain novelty and freshness about spring. Some of the trees have begun to bloom. Some of the birds have returned Home and started to chirp and sing for us. It really feels like we ought to take the next step and… clean up — does it not?
Surprise your Senior loved ones with an offer to assist them with Spring Cleaning. Treat it as a special project. Project that is complex, and should be done in stages, perhaps with the assistance of an extra Caregiver or two.
In our next article we will offer best practices to organize and clean Home of a Senior.
With love for the Elderly…
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