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Time for a spring clean

Spring is in the air so let’s open windows and doors and blow off the cobwebs of winter with a spring clean.

While you might not be quite as agile as you used to be, you can still get your house spruced up this spring, or any time of year for that matter with the help of some of these handy gadgets and equipment.

As well as making your home look better, cleaning is also one way you can be active - tasks can be broken down into short bursts if necessary and you can take a break if you feel tired!

Hard to reach places

‘Reachers’ are a handy device if you have difficulty bending down or reaching across to pick things up. Consisting of a length of lightweight metal with a clasp at the end which is opened by a pistol trigger or squeeze grip they come in a variety of styles and lengths.

As well as helping pick up objects, some are designed to assist with specific tasks, such as dressing or weeding the garden.

Use longer or adjustable length tools to get to hard to reach places

Sweeping aids

Dustpans and brushes are available with long handles and they are ideal if you have difficulty bending to the floor to use a regular dustpan and brush. Some of these dustpans have a lid which closes automatically when lifted from the floor.

Invest in a new vacuum cleaner

From small rechargeable handhelds to suck up the crumbs from the table to lightweight larger cleaners which can even suck up liquids, vacuum cleaners have come a long way since they were first invented over 100 years ago.

There are now even automatic vacuum cleaners which you set running at the press of a button and they find their way round your room and furniture with inbuilt sensors.

Let go of items you haven’t used or worn for a long time

Reorganise

A spring clean is a great time to reorganise your kitchen, declutter your bathroom and clean up your wardrobe. Have a look at where things are positioned around the house and make sure that the things you use most are easily accessible. Ensure you have easy access to all rooms, and let go of items you haven’t used or worn for a long time.

Lifting heavy objects and climbing on steps can be a safety hazard so don’t be afraid to ask for help and make sure you stay safe.

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