Reducing Clutter and Get Organized with an Overbed Table System

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When you are confined to your bed or a chair post-surgery or due to a medical condition at home, it can be difficult keeping clutter under control. One effective way to address the concern about clutter is by using an overbed table to help get you organized.

This solution puts everything you need and use every day within arms’ length. In addition, you are able to use the table top to enjoy your meals, use your laptop, write checks, and do other everyday tasks you enjoy. There is even sufficient room for your favorite arts and crafts projects like painting, sewing, or knitting.

Tips for Reducing Clutter

If you have a lot of clutter, you know how nerve-wracking it can be to not be able to tackle it confined to your bed or chair while recovering from surgery or dealing with another mobility-challenging condition. Fortunately, with your overbed table system and a little help from a family member or in-home caregiver, you can work on reducing your clutter.

When tackling clutter, we recommend using the following tips so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed:

  • Do not attempt to tackle all your clutter in a single day. It is better to divide the clutter into smaller groups and work at it gradually.
  • Prioritize what clutter you want to conquer first. You should prioritize what clutter bugs you the most and work on it first. Then, once that is accomplished, move on to the next decluttering task.
  • Spend between fifteen and thirty minutes a day on decluttering. It is easy to lose focus when going through clutter. You often begin working on it with purpose, but, as time goes on, it is easy to get to the point where you are just shoving things in drawers just to have it all out of sight.
  • Make three piles when decluttering. You should have one pile of things you need and want to keep. You should have a second pile of things you no longer want or need and could donate to a charity. Your third pile should be anything that can be thrown away.
  • Sort items you want to keep, too. Anything you keep should be sorted into different groups. One group will be the things you use and need every day. The second group will be things you use occasionally but do not need to be stored in your overbed table and can be placed in storage like in a closet.
  • Reward yourself as you make progress. Remember to reward yourself for small accomplishments as you declutter. Your reward could be watching a few episodes of your favorite TV program, spending time on arts and crafts, and so on.

By gradually working at decluttering your home a little each day, you will be surprised at how much progress you can make. After decluttering and getting organized, make it a point to prevent future clutter by spending fifteen to thirty minutes each day going through things that turn into clutter—like your mail.

For further information about an overbed table for your home to help you get organized, please feel free to contact atHand® Overbed Table System at (440) 628-9550 today!