Spring has sprung! Flowers are starting to bloom and the days are getting longer and sunnier. Warmer days and sunny skies also mean it is time to start some spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning can uplift your mood and offer a fresh start; it can also help ensure your health, safety and independence. 

Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested often to ensure that they are functioning properly. Even if the detector operates fine, it is recommended that batteries be replaced annually to ensure continued reliability. What better time than spring to replace the batteries? 

Clean out the medicine cabinet. Expired and un-needed medications should be disposed of properly. Leaving medications that are expired or unmarked can create confusion and you may accidentally take the wrong drug. There are many safe drop-off locations for old medications and even used needles and lancets. To find the location nearest you, please call Council on Aging Silicon Valley.

Clean out the refrigerator and pantry. A pantry or fridge can easily become overcrowded, making it difficult to notice expired foods. Spring is the perfect time to go through what you have and throw away spoiled food. Keeping your food organized will also help prevent future spoilage and undesirable smells, as well as save you money because you can see the food you already have.

Clean up clutter. Clutter in cabinets and drawers can be bothersome and now is a good time to get rid of unneeded paperwork. Remember to shred or tear in to small pieces any paperwork that contains personal information. It’s also a good time to eliminate clutter that obstructs walkways or frequently accessed areas. Cleaning up clutter can help improve safety and eliminate tripping hazards. 


If you have more questions on how to keep your home safe and tools and services that meet your needs, call Council on Aging Silicon Valley at (408) 350-3200, option 1.