On its surface, clutter really seems like something that is just an organizational problem. But there’s a lot more to clutter than you might think. The emotion behind clutter can be what anchors those things there.
Loyalty Can Sometimes Play a Part
It might sound weird to talk about loyalty in connection with clutter, but it can matter more than you think. If the items in question were a gift or if they’re something that your elderly family member inherited, that can play a huge part in her ability to dispose of those items. Inherited items, in particular, can cause a lot of distress if they need to be either disposed of or given to someone else.
So Can Sentimentality
Sentimentality can be just as powerful, although in a slightly different way as loyalty. Sentimental attachments can have your aging family member keeping all sorts of things that don’t make sense, like pressed flowers that are well beyond their lifespan for storage or other keepsakes that have not fared well. Taking pictures of these items can help your senior to preserve the memory while finding a new home for the item itself.
Loneliness Factors into the Situation
When your elderly family member doesn’t get out as much as she used to or she experiences a reduced amount of social interaction, her things can start to feel like company. Loneliness and depression can also be a dangerous combination and that can make cleaning up and keeping her home easy to access can also be difficult.
Getting to the Root Cause Can Help Her to Let Go
Ultimately, you need to get to the root cause of your senior’s desire to hold onto so many of her things. Once you’re able to do that, she may find that it’s a lot easier to let go of the items that she doesn’t need any longer. She doesn’t have to throw them away, if that’s her fear. Some items might go to other family members now or get donated, sold, or otherwise distributed in a way that makes sense for that item.
When you get things to a manageable level, your elderly family member may still need some help keeping things at that point. Senior care providers can help on a practical level by making the housekeeping load lighter for your elderly family member. They can also spot signs that might mean that your senior is collecting items again, which can help you to nip the situation in the bud.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Englewood, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare Denver. Call today: (303) 756-9322.