It’s that time of the year again to start thinking about spring cleaning, which likely means some serious decluttering, reorganization, scrubbing and polishing. Spring is the time that we all begin thinking about cleaning and organizing our homes. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that a good spring cleaning is a worthwhile exercise.
But did you know that it can also benefit your health and wellbeing? Below are some reasons why clearing out those closets and grabbing the polish can actually good for you. Let the cleaning commence!
In the Washington, D.C area, many residents lead busy schedules that prevent them from routine spring cleaning as other responsibilities become prioritized in the “to-do-list”. Spring Cleaning can increase productivity. Making the effort to declutter and organize your home or office can save you tons of time looking for or replacing lost items in the future. Organization makes you more productive, while the cleaning process itself can increase energy levels. We all need to learn to let go. If you haven’t used something since the last spring clean, it might be time to say goodbye. Cleaning can be a great way for Senior Care professionals to get clients active and engaged.
Spring cleaning is also healthy. Many elderly individuals struggle with allergies but already take a slew of medications leaving little room for allergy medication. A good spring clean can help you avoid allergy symptoms and lower Asthma attacks. Removing allergens from the home can make you feel healthier, especially at a time when allergies are rife. You want to try to get those hard to reach places too where dust build up. Make sure though to ask for help moving big pieces of furniture or climbing up ladders when going for those hard-to-reach spots.
Spring cleaning can make you happy. Taking the time to thoroughly clean and maintain a tidy home makes people happier, studies have shown. The act of cleaning provides a sense of satisfaction, which in turn can put you in a good mood. Also, putting on some of your favorite music while cleaning can make it even more fun!
Spring cleaning can help to reduce stress. Cleaning and organizing your personal spaces lets you enjoy a tidier and more organized environment and this can relieve stress. Levels of stress can also be reduced during the act itself as cleaning is considered to be therapeutic. But make sure to always be realistic. If it’s all getting too much, take a break. It’s not a race after all.
Lastly, Spring leaning can help you to focus. Those who make a point of clearing out the clutter once in a while are able to free up the brain for more essential decision-making, according to a study carried out by the founder of America’s Anxiety Disorder Center. A thorough clean helps to clear your mind of things that need to be done around the house and makes it easier to focus on other more important things. You should concentrate though on one room at a time to make sure you get the job done properly
Caregiver in Chevy Chase MD
As a family caregiver, one of the most precious times that you will have with your elderly loved one is celebrating holidays. Taking the time out of your usual care routine to observe religious and cultural holidays is a way to stay connected to yourself and to your family. This is a meaningful time for your parent and can provide exceptional mental and emotional stimulation for better cognition and sharper memories.
Passover begins on the evening of April 22. The meal that you enjoy after the traditional ceremonial Seder is a tremendous part of the observance, and something that your family is likely looking forward to. There are some foods that are simply expected during this meal or during the rest of the eight-day observance, and one of those foods is matzo ball soup. A big bowl of this warm, comforting soup can trigger memories that you hold dear and will help to make those memories for your children.
This version of matzo ball soup takes the traditional recipe and bumps it up to a slightly more elegant, elevated meal. The inclusion of shitake mushrooms and truffle oil deepen the flavor, while onion and garlic create the familiar warmth and offer a boost to your immune system. Be sure to freeze any extra soup so that you and your loved one can enjoy some later.
What You Will Need
- 3 tablespoons of rendered chicken fat
- Skin from four chicken thighs
- 1/4 of a cup of chicken stock plus 2 quarts set aside
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 ounces of shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon of truffle oil
- 1 cup of matzo meal
- 4 large eggs
- A large bowl
- A large pot
- A large frying pan
- A strainer
What to Do
- In the large frying pan, place some olive oil and put over medium high heat
- When the oil is hot, add the chicken skin
- Sauté the chicken skin until it is lightly golden
- Use the sharp knife to chop the onion into large chunks
- Add the onion to the chicken skin and sauté
- Sauté the onion until it has turned a deep golden brown
- Coarsely chop the garlic and add to the skin and onion
- Sauté the garlic in the mix for 2 minutes
- Strain the solids from the oil, reserving both separately
- Cut the shiitake mushrooms into chunks and sauté them in 2 tablespoon of the oil from the pan
- Sauté until the mushrooms have wilted
- Remove the shiitake mushrooms and set aside
- In the large bowl, mix the melted chicken fat with 1/4 of a cup of chicken stock
- Add the truffle oil, eggs and salt to the large bowl
- Mixing in slowly, add in the matzo meal
- Mix the matzo thoroughly
- Place in the refrigerator
- Allow the matzo to refrigerate for one hour
- Form the now cold matzo meal into segments the size of golf balls
- Stuff each ball with a teaspoon of the shiitake mushrooms from earlier
- Place a pot of 2 quarts of chicken stock over high heat
- When boiling, add the balls to the pot
- Boil the balls for 20 minutes in the chicken stock
- Add salt to taste
- Remove from the stock and serve hot, with stock in a bowl
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Chevy Chase, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.