Getting rid of possessions is actually a two-step process: sorting and deciding, on the one hand, and disposing on the other. But convincing seniors can be a challenge that requires a measured approach. Katherine "Kit" Anderson, CPO-CD, president of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD), and Vickie Dellaquila, certified professional organizer, offer these strategies for helping seniors let go.
Arrange and cheer small victories.
Conduct an "experiment."
Gently approach the idea of health and safety.
Draft an agreement. Consider the control issue.
How to Spot "Clutter Creep"
If you notice the following characteristics about seniors or their homes, clutter could start creeping up on them.
Piles of mail and unpaid bills;
Difficulty walking safely through a home;
Frustration trying to organize;
Difficulty managing activities of daily living;
- Expired food in the refrigerator;
- Jammed closets and drawers;
- Compulsive shopping;
- Difficulty deciding whether to discard items;
- health episode such as a stroke or dementia;