Deliberate methods for sustaining the order of your daily routines.
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How would you describe your level of organization? Prior to your vision loss were you adamant about having everything in it's place, or did you flow through your day, finding things as you needed them?
In coping with vision loss we know that organization not only reduces our stress, but it helps us maintain our independence and autonomy.
I want you to think about your daily routine. How does your day start? How does it progress? How does it end? What objects and tools are you accessing once, or even multiple times a day? Are there any tools out of that list that you "have been meaning to organize"?
Let's get to work on that now, shall we?
Are you a watch person or a cellphone person? How do you like to keep track of time? It's likely that your previous wrist watch is no longer accessible to you, and that you could benefit from large print or talking time devices.
Digital clocks can be extremely useful because of their backlight. Many of these are built into the devices we use: cable box, Smart phone, and kitchen appliances. Use them when you can, and determine when it's a good idea to make an investment.
An easy place to start. You should remove some of the preexisting keys now. We all carry around more keys than we really USE on a daily basis (not to mention the keys that don't really serve a purpose...).
Next, pick up a handy key label or velcro to mark your keys and get the essentials organized. If you aren't sure which keys are still relevant, get a natural support to help "be your eyes" and try out the unknown keys to see if they are worth keeping around.
Stay Organized: Keys
One of my favorite, most simple VRT adaptations. These tactile dividers not only keep your miscellaneous items from becoming a mess, they give you a tactile (touch-based) method of organizing.
They can be just as easily implemented in dresser and desk drawers. When we look at spaces such as the top of your dresser, bedside table, office storage, etc. it's important to look at additional organizational dividers such as baskets. bins and tubs.
The beauty of these tools is that they can then be labeled to suit your vision needs.
This can be a 2-part need. Firstly, are you able to identify your money. Bills? Coins? If not, it's time to look at money identifiers. There are currency readers provided by the Federal Government and free Smart Phone applications that will serve the same purpose.
The next step is to evaluate money storage. You probably have a personal wallet that you are comfortable with. There are divided wallets and coin purses to help you keep your bills separate. Also, if you are the type of person who likes to keep you money around your neck, there are some excellent travel wallet options for you.