Your Bedroom and Closets
A bedroom should be a place of comfort and renewal, not another of maze of challenges. Fortunately, it’s possible to achieve an ideal bedroom environment with very little effort. Here are some tips for safety, functionality, and comfort:
- Arrange furniture to reduce obstructions in the main traffic path.
- Keep color contrast in mind when choosing your bedspread, decorator pillows, window coverings, etc.
- If there are blinds on the window, use a contrasting color on the pulls to make them easier to see.
- Light switches and outlet covers should contrast with walls.
- Be sure to keep electrical cords out of the traffic path, as well as low objects such as foot stools.
- Use adjustable blinds and window coverings that will help to control light and glare.
- You may want to keep a magnifying device or direct light desk lamp at your bedside for specific tasks such as reading or sewing.
- If you use a television in the bedroom, position it to reduce glare.
- Keep remote controls in a tray of a contrasting color on a bedside table or other location that you can easily find.
Note: Large-button telephones, large-print wall clocks, talking clocks, and low vision alarm clocks are available for persons with low vision. Many include features for people with hearing loss, as well. Use our Product Search or view a list of specialty product sources for more information.
Organizing Your Wardrobe
When it comes to managing and maintaining an organized wardrobe, the first step is to get rid of what you don’t need. Here are recommendations guaranteed to streamline and organize your closets and bureau drawers:
- Give away or throw away any article of clothing you haven’t worn in more than a year. If you didn’t like a jacket or pair of slacks enough to wear it in all that time, you won’t miss it.
- Add dividers to your drawers to separate sweaters, scarves, underwear, and various other items that end up in a jumble when there are no boundaries to keep them in order.
- Organize by outfit, coordinating attractive combinations in advance. You can also organize by color, keeping all clothing of the same color together. Check out more suggestions for organizing your clothes in the Clothing section.
- Bag it. Store small, easily lost items, such as jewelry, in plastic zipper lock bags. Plastic bags are also useful for keeping coordinated scarves and belts with outfits.