The older we get the more cluttered our homes can become, and although it can be nice to look around a room and see items that bring us happy memories, it’s also a good idea to simplify our surroundings as we age. For starters, there’s the upkeep. Trinkets collect dust, and more dust means more dusting to prevent the air quality in a home from deteriorating. Decluttering can also prevent accidents such as tripping or cutting oneself on a broken item. Moving into a smaller space that requires less upkeep can help preserve energy for more fulfilling activities. There are emotional advantages as well. Passing things on to loved ones and seeing the joy it brings them can be rewarding.

Memory can be a challenge for seniors. When everything is organized and simplified, it can help decrease that challenge. Overall, with less to physically and mentally deal with, that’s less stress and anxiety. And that can help seniors live longer.

McHARRIE LIFE SENIOR COMMUNITY is committed to providing residents with opportunities that enrich and enhance their well-being. Please call (315) 638-2521 to arrange a tour of our senior community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. 

P.S. If letting go of items is difficult for you, try storing them away in the attic or garage and see if you are still missing them after a couple of weeks.