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A Caregiver's Guide to Spot Clutter Creep

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A Senior Home's Clutter Zones


  • Cabinets with unused pots and pans.
    Problem: a senior can fall trying to get to them.
  • Freezer and refrigerator with expired and old food
    Problem: a senior can suffer food poisoning or malnutrition.
  • Bills on the counter and kitchen table.
    Problem: unpaid bills.


  • Expired medications in the medicine cabinets and old make-up.
    Problem: missed medications and accidental overdosing; skin infections and irritations from expired make-up.
  • Cluttered shelves.
    Problem: inability to locate necessities.
  • Using the bathtub to store papers.
    Problem: hygiene.


  • Papers and magazines on and under beds.
    Problem: fire hazard.
  • Too much clothing and shoes in the closet.
    Problem: confusion and disorganization.


  • Magazines and shoes on the steps.
    Problem: tripping hazard.


  • A catch-all for everything.
    Problem: rodents, mold and mildew.

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Last revised: December 15, 2010

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  1. March 24, 2020 at 11:29 am | Posted by Carla M. Tucker

    My father and I like to get rid of clutter and cloths you you'll never wear again. But my mom who has Alzheimers has cloths pack in storage binds she wore back in the 56's, 60's etc.....and wont get rid of them


  2. June 29, 2013 at 11:57 am | Posted by Charlotte

    When I cleaned out my mother's apt. for her to go to Assisted Living, she would not help. In fact she could not make a decision to get rid of anything. I finally had to wait for her to move with the help of the staff of the facility and then clean out her clutter. After that she became very angry with me and kept asking me where silly little things were, mostly whatnots. She was especially attached to an iron rooster door stop. I did not know this and got rid of it. I heard about this and her excess clothing for years.


  3. March 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Posted by Marilyn Graubert

    Hoarders often believe they will live long enough to use, eat,wear,etc. I have found in parents home many,many packets of sweet and low or loaves of bread, just for the thought I will need/use in the FUTURE. Even when there is none really left. SAD


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