It’s important to be safe on the road and at work, but safety at home is an equally critical consideration.
Let’s be honest—many of us live in somewhat cluttered households. The average American home has more than 300,000 items.
Some of the more obvious dangers are the risks for personal injury, such as trips and falls.” In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older, according to “Injury Facts 2017,”
Piles of paper near outlets, radiators, furnaces, or space heaters pose a risk for household fires.
Clutter creates financial burdens as well. Those with cluttered homes frequently pay to replace household items because they are more vulnerable to being crushed, broken, or lost. Structural damage can also occur due to vents being blocked, obstructing airflow, causing moisture, and creating costly damage from mold.
Of course, the problem of clutter is not just physical and financial—it affects us psychologically as well. Clutter is directly linked to high levels of stress and therefore affects our quality of life. Other studies have found correlations between clutter, overeating, and sleeplessness.
Clearing the Clutter
When you’re living with clutter, the task of cleaning house and moving to a senior living community can seem insurmountable. But with a little help from family, friends, and even professionals, it is 100 percent doable.
A move from a standard family home to a typical senior living community means you will need to downsize much of your current possessions.
The Benefits of Eliminating Clutter
Clearing the clutter will take a lot of patience and perseverance, but rest assured that your hard work will pay dividends.
Though some say it takes the average family 9 to 18 months to declutter a senior’s home, a professional service often accomplishes the same thing in a matter of days. In choosing to work with professionals, you give yourself the gift of time and may also benefit from faster home sale, reduced moving expenses, and stress relief during a very trying time.