Getting Organized: The Bedroom
Organizing this room is all about streamlining your space for better access to clothing and items that you use on a daily basis. Keeping necessary items together can save you time, whether you are getting ready in the morning or squeezing in a quick workout.
- Closet: Clearing your closet of clothes you don’t wear is an easy way to declutter, says Amy Tokos, a certified professional organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. For instance, if you need to wear compression socks, throw away the socks you don’t wear anymore. “You need to adjust what’s in your space,” she says. This will make room for the things you actually use.
- Exercise clothes: Put all of your workout clothes and gear in a drawer that you can easily access. Consider keeping some fast-acting sources of glucose and your medical ID, if you don’t wear it all of the time, here to grab before your workout.
- Dress shirts: The buttons on dress shirts can pose a problem for older adults and people with neuropathy in their hands. But if you keep a shirt mostly buttoned after wearing, you can pull it over your head the next time you dress. That way, you only have to deal with one or two buttons at the top. If that’s still a problem, you can use a buttonhook to fasten them, says Tori Goldhammer, MS, an occupational therapist.
- Find a tailor: A tailor can add a strip of Velcro to close the shirt so it looks buttoned from the outside. Switching buttons to snaps on pants can be helpful, and pre-tying neckties to slip over the head and tighten works for dressier occasions. A zipper pull may also be useful for people who have trouble with jackets.
Your morning routine begins in the bedroom, and things can get hectic when you are trying to get everything done before your day starts. “A person without diabetes has a daily to-do list, and a person with diabetes has a daily to-do list and a diabetes to-do list,” says Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, coauthor of The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life. “And those two things can really interrupt your schedule.”
- Reminders: Before you go to sleep, write or set reminders for yourself (either on a note next to your bed or on your smartphone) for the next day’s activities and to-dos. You might know that you need to check your blood glucose every morning, but you also need to let out your neighbor’s dog, which could throw off your normal tasks. “That’s going to take away precious moments from your morning routine, and your diabetes morning routine,” Weiner says. And you want to make sure everything gets done on time.
- Music: Making a playlist of music to move you through your morning routine can help you get out the door on time—with all tasks accomplished. By the end of the first song, you should be out of bed and checking your blood glucose, and by the end of the next song, you need to be in the bathroom grooming. Listening to music in the shower is a good way to keep you on track when a clock isn’t handy.
- Analog clocks: Putting analog clocks in each room of the house can help you see time move. “The sweep of time is important,” says Leslie Josel, a professional organizer and Weiner's coauthor. When you know you need to be out of the bathroom at a certain time, a ticking clock can help you dawdle less.
Not sure how much time to allot to morning diabetes to-dos? Try timing your tasks for a week to see how long they really take. They may even take less time than you thought.