I hear from a lot of my clients that they have organized in the past and they have been sore the next day. Organizing, if not done properly can be physically demanding. However, I am going to give you a few tips to make sure you stay as safe as possible.
Wear a back brace. You will be lifting lots of heavy items, boxes or totes and if you are not used to this kind of activity, you run the risk of hurting your back. Back braces can be found at your local drugstore or super store and usually cost under $20. Buying one can make sure you are not in pain the next day.
If you are working in an area where there are toxic chemicals you need to take specific care to make sure they do not touch your skin and are not inhaled by anyone within the space. I recommend removing them entirely from the space in which you are working. If you are disposing of them, contact your local town recycling program and they can point you in the right direction on how and where to do so.
Wear gloves. Rubber gloves protect you from cutting your hands on small items. While you may think this is overkill, its easy to forget what is in a box if you haven’t been in it for months or years.
Take an allergy pill. Even if you don’t have allergies to dust etc, the dust created and stirred up by organizing can test anyone’s nose.
Take a pain reliever. If you are going to be working for a while and aren’t used to that type of physical activity, you may want to take something to avoid being sore the next day.
A simple paper face mack can also make the world of difference in your comfort level while organizing. You will be stirring up a lot of dust. A mask will help you breathe easy.
When organizing, its easiest and best to have two people on hand. That way you can team lift any heavy boxes.