Ming is a 91 year old senior citizen. He lives in a 500 square foot condo. One of the challenges he faced was dressing. After we sorted through the things he wanted to keep in his closet, I arranged the space so that the garments he uses daily are now within reach from a seated wheelchair position. He also had a small budget for some upgrades like carpet, plants, and furniture. His home is now more suited to his needs and is a warm and beautiful living space.
Before organizing his closet, the clothing was out of reach from a seated position. Unused items like old lamps and miscellaneous objects clutter the floor.
A lower rack was installed for hanging in season clothes at a seated position for easy retrieval. Hanging shelf storage units now hold in season as well as next seasons clothes that are easy to see and easy to reach. Shoes fit along bottom rows and are off the floor. Additional shelves were added for linen and bath towels.
His hospital bed (which he no longer needed) was replaced with a regular bed. The stained beige carpet was replaced with a soothing shade of blue carpet.
Before, large, bulky stained cloth furniture was difficult to clean and not suited to his body type- his feet would not touch the floor in a seated position. Furniture was replaced with easy to clean vinyl furniture that fits his body type. Cheerful accents of green, red, and yellow add warmth to this seating area.
Before, a corner table was stacked with miscellaneous papers and random clutter. We sorted through each item to determine what he wanted to keep. Next, the table was moved to a window, and transformed into a small offering table which holds photographs, letters, cards, candles, fruits, and fresh cut flowers from his garden. Paper lanterns can be changed out seasonally.
Gardens and plants
Houseplants were placed throughout the house to improve air quality and provide beauty and warmth to the environment. Ming enjoys tending to his plants and watching them grow. A small garden outside on the patio provides year round beauty, attracts birds, and provides cut flowers for Ming's offering table.