Getting clutter off the ground can be beneficial in several ways. Tripping over clutter is a major contributor to falls in the home. Falls can cause head injuries and broken bones like wrists, arms, ankle and hip fractures. Tripping hazards can include toys, rugs, small furniture, cords, stacks of newspapers or magazines. The first thing to do to prevent falls is clear the clutter and look for storage upward where space is not being utilized. Here’s a recent situation where we did just that.
A client needed some help getting her laundry room in working order. The space was not functioning for her and her family. When I was surveyed the room, I noted the following:
Three out of the five issues were tripping hazards. To start off we installed shelving above the washer and dryer. One long solid shelf up top for the laundry baskets, one short one below for the laundry detergents, and a bar to hang clothes. We put a smaller trash can in one of the bottom cabinets, this allowed the door to open fully and allow more space to move around. The laundry baskets we selected are light, durable, and add some fun pattern. We also installed a wall attachment for hanging the mop and broom. Everything is off the floor and easy to access. My client said, “I’m seriously happy to do laundry now”.
My advice is to take a look around your space. Make sure you floors, hallways and stairs are clear of clutter. Try and store items vertically to prevent falls and to help keep your loved ones safe and sound.