3 ways to Help Parents with House Cleaning

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3 Ways to Help Aging Parents with Housekeeping

When was the last time you cleaned your home? As we welcomed spring not too long ago, you might have recently done some seasonal cleaning. While you may be staying on track with housekeeping tasks, can you think of someone who might be having trouble doing so? For example, consider the roughly 26 million Americans over the age of fifty that are living alone. 


Have you been thinking about the perfect gift for mom for Mother’s Day (May 14) or dad for  Father’s Day (June 20) as both are quickly approaching? Do they seem to have everything they want? Or are you looking to do something more to help a parent? If so, providing assistance with spring cleaning / regular housekeeping chores can be the perfect solution. 

Housekeeping and Aging


There are many different reasons we fall behind on housekeeping tasks as we age. These include mobility problems, mental health issues, cognitive problems, and medical conditions. Yet, these issues do not make keeping a clean and tidy home any less important. For example, a cluttered home can be a fire hazard and can increase the likelihood of falls. A dirty home, of course, raises sanitary concerns. 


While many of these consequences are relevant to all age groups, some have more serious effects as we age. As you may know, our immune systems become weaker as we age – which is just one reason keeping a clean home should still be a high priority. Germs in the kitchen from food, on surfaces and on kitchen gadgets can lead to catching the flu, the common cold, or food borne illnesses.


One top concern for those with a parent that lives alone is their likelihood of falling. Items that are not put where they belong and instead placed on the floor can increase the chance of falling. Falls become more serious as we age and can result in a loss of independence, chronic pain, and reduced quality of life.

How to Help Aging Parents with Housekeeping


It is important to note that your parent(s) might take your offer of help in different ways. While you might believe they need help with housekeeping, they might feel bad about receiving help from you.There are many different ways that you can help your parent(s) with housekeeping that keeps your budget, their needs, and your time restrictions in mind. 

  • You can offer to help them with spring cleaning


Along with improving the health and safety of your loved one, a decluttered, clean home can reduce their stress and anxiety levels. Although they may know cleaning is important, they may feel overwhelmed, or as discussed above, face barriers that keep them doing so. 


In addition to helping your loved one clean their home, getting rid of clutter may also be necessary. Decluttering can be a difficult task for your aging loved one(s) to do alone, so help may be appreciated. However, having the right attitude when handling these tasks is crucial. If your loved one feels pressured to get rid of things, they can put the task on hold. 

  • Do a bit of housekeeping each visit


Do you regularly check-in on a parent? If so, consider making a few chores part of every visit. This will make upkeep more manageable, and your loved one will feel less guilty when cleaning chores don’t take up your whole visit. You will get to spend time with your loved one and will feel better about improving their living environment. 


Some things that you can do include: 

  • Get rid of expired food
  • Run the dishwasher/put dishes away
  • Wipe/disinfect kitchen surfaces
  • Dust
  • Sweep
  • Take the garbage out
  • Clear cluttered surfaces by putting items back or throwing them away

  • Get some help


Although you might live far away or have a busy schedule, you may still be interested in providing support. Instead of lending a hand yourself, there is another option – you can hire a professional cleaning service. If a parent is unable to clean and you are concerned about dirt piling up over time, consider setting up a recurring cleaning schedule. Our residential cleaning service, for example, offers monthly, bi-weekly, and daily cleaning options. One of the benefits of this option is it allows you to get the most out of the time you have with your loved one.


Although it is easy to get caught up in accomplishing everything on our own to-do lists, we cannot forget how important it is and how good it feels to lend a helping hand when possible.

Go Green In April

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April is an important month for the environment. While you may know that it’s is when we celebrate Earth Day, did you know that April is Keep America Beautiful Month? Or that the last full week is known as Sky Awareness Week?


We encourage you to spend this month advancing your knowledge and beginning to do your part to help the environment. If you’re wondering how you can live greener, here a few easy ways to get started:

  • Make Recycling a Habit


How often do you recycle? If you haven’t found a way to make it a regular habit, you’re not alone – 46% of Americans don’t recycle on a daily basis. But why not?


While you likely learned about the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) when you were young, you may need a refresher. In fact, one of the top reasons people don’t recycle is because they don’t know what can be recycled. It can be a bit confusing, especially as different areas have different guidelines.  


Yet, it’s worth taking the time to learn. Although the effects of choosing not to recycle don’t affect your home directly, recycling has several significant benefits. Recycling benefits the environment by conserving natural resources, preventing pollution and reducing greenhouse gases. It also creates jobs, saves energy, and more.



  • Only Use Green Cleaning Services or Green Cleaning Products


Whether you recycle or not isn’t the only decision you make in your home that affects outside your household. How do you make decisions about the cleaning products you use? You may make decisions based on price or brand recognition, for example.


However, there are many possible risks to using traditional cleaning products.One risk is that store-bought air fresheners as well as other cleaning products may release VOCs (volatile organic compounds). In your home, VOCs can negatively affect the air quality in your home by contributing to indoor air pollution. Outside your home, VOCs in traditional cleaning products contribute to smog.  


Yet, humans are not the only ones that can be negatively affected by cleaning product ingredients. If waters are receiving inadequately treated wastes, the ingredients in cleaning products can be toxic for the water’s aquatic species. Another issue that threatens aquatic life is how the surfactants in traditional cleaning products break down. Whether they break down slowly or into more toxic chemicals, they are a threat to acquatic life. 


Luckily, there are easy, more eco-friendly ways to clean your home. You can make natural cleaning solutions for  cleaning the oven, sink, carpets throughout your home, and more – or hire a professional green cleaning service. 

  • Plant Trees


How many trees are in your neighborhood or nearby parks? Aside from that they provide oxygen, shade and something for children to climb, there are many other ways that trees serve us!


Trees help the environment in several ways – they capture rainwater, prevent water pollution and soil erosion, clean the air, and much more. Trees are so important that The National Forest Foundation and 50 Million For Our Forests campaign planted 8,061,125 of them last year! 


How can you make a difference? If adding a tree to your yard seems like a possibility, you can learn what that might entail. It is also crucial that we work to develop a stronger interest in campaigns so their impact continues to grow. 


 During the month of April, we make it easy to increase the impact you can have on the environment. When you choose to use our green cleaning services or purchase a gift certificate, we will plant a tree in your name. Get started making a difference by requesting a free cleaning quote or purchasing a certificate today.