Out with the old (perfume), in with the new!? Another year has arrived! As a caregiver, do not forget to help take down and store all the holiday decorations at your elderly loved ones home. Also, with all the new gifts received for Christmas, use this time as an opportunity to ‘clear out the old, replace with the new’. How many times have you gone into the bedroom or bathroom and seen multiple bottles of half-used lotions, perfumes, or powders? My mother had some really old perfume bottles that smelled awful. The shelf-life of most perfumes is only 3-5 years. It is very hard to get rid of anything still usable. (I know I have some perfume that is over five years old!) If your loved one refuses to throw away ‘good perfume’, suggest putting it all in a bag and drop it off at Goodwill or similar location. They can then decide what is best for that 10 year old bottle of perfume that no longer smells great! However, remember it is their decision, you can only suggest. An unwritten rule in our house has been: for every new article of clothing, shoes, etc, get rid of an equal number of items. Do you have that rule and do you follow it?
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.