RetirementRoadster.com Offers Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

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RetirementRoadster.com lifestyle and finance magazine comments about the trend of spring cleaning this month, and offers tips and advice for its senior and retired readers on how to properly and efficiently declutter, repair, and clean up shop for the nice weather

Retirement Roadster.com lifestyle and finance magazine today issued their suggestions and advice for retired and senior readers to assist in the spring cleaning process this season. RetirementRoadster.com recommends letting this year be the year to tackle the garage, attic, closets, and storage spaces that are over filled with unused and dust-gathering items, and advises asking for help wherever and whenever necessary.

RetirementRoadster.com was inspired by a recent article by Bruce Watson of DailyFinance.com, published on May 24th, which gave ideas about how to clean space and save time and money in the process. To start off, RetirementRoadster.com recommends tackling one space at a time, and not starting another one until finishing the first completely. RetirementRoadster.com’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “If the spring cleaning bug is biting you, then dive right in and get cleaning. Every now and again, you need to do a deep clean which includes being selective in what you really need to keep, and donating or trashing the rest. Start with one space and finish it, then move on to the next. It’s much more overwhelming to tackle attic, garage and office simultaneously—especially because things tend to get messier before they get cleaner!”

The lifestyle and finance magazine for seniors advises its readers to be realistic about what is still being used on a regular basis. Items like old televisions, VCRs, cassette players, and other outdated electronics can be donated if they are simply gathering dust. Other items may hold sentimental value, in which case perhaps heirs would like to inherit these things sooner rather than later—which further cleans out the space. RetirementRoadster.com advises considering letting things go that haven’t been used or even touched in a year or more. The fact is that sometimes having too many unused items can get in the way of getting to the things that are really needed and used.

When tackling the office, RetirementRoadster.com suggests clearing out old receipts, bank statements, pay stubs, and other papers from any disorganized areas like desk drawers and messy filing cabinets. Next, RetirementRoadster.com recommends creating three piles: one for Filing, one for Shredding, and one for Throwing Away. RetirementRoadster.com’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “I know it can be hard to part with bills, tax documents, and other financial statements but the truth is that after a certain period of time, you really don’t need it. Keep your tax returns forever, but toss the supporting documents after three years. Same thing with house records—three years, then toss. Just be sure that you’re actually shredding anything with your personal information on it. Keep all the warranties for major appliances and receipts for big purchases, but get rid of outdated user manuals and utility statements. Also keep documents pertaining to health insurance, life insurance, car insurance, homeowners insurance, and any burial insurance that you may have purchased.”

RetirementRoadster.com also advises being honest about when it’s time to ask for help. RetirementRoadster.com’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “It can be frustrating for seniors who want to do everything themselves, but are not in perfect physical condition to do so. Don’t be afraid to call for reinforcements, like family members—grandchildren are great for putting to work, especially with the promise of an ice cream cone or a few dollars in a reward—or turning to a professional to make repairs or do deep cleaning. And remember, whatever activity you’re involved in, be safe. Falls in and around the home are one of the most frequently seen problems in the ER for people over 65. Take your time, and don’t rush.”

About RetirementRoadster.com:
RetirementRoadster.com is an online publication featuring lifestyle and finance topics of interest to seniors and retired folks. The magazine offers advice on planning for retirement, 401K’s, senior finance, and how to enjoy retirement in general.

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