Caregivers are frequently overwhelmed by clutter. The many responsibilities of caring for a loved one can make it easy to put off the tasks of organizing the home and reducing clutter. The emotions that may come with eliminating items of sentimental value may also prevent caregivers from creating a more orderly environment. Her are some tips for reducing clutter:
* Donate items in good working condition to local charities.
* Visit the library or bookmobile instead of buying books, videocassettes, or magazines. In addition, most major newspapers have websites that allow free access to their daily papers.
* Keep household items well-maintained and in good repair. Many times a well-maintained item can be repaired rather than discarded and replaced.
* Rent seasonal-use items rather than purchasing them.
* Share items that you don't regularly use, including snow blowers, carpet shampooers, and lawn mowers.
(Taken from Caregivers' Corner)