This post deals with the common, but troublesome act of spilling something, usually a liquid. It can happen when transferring, carrying or reaching for an item.
When it happens at home, at a minimum it is a nuisance and cleaning it up can be frustrating and a waste of time. But depending on what you spilled, it can be costly or even dangerous. Whether it happens when you’re alone or with others, it can be embarrassing and a blow to your self-confidence.
The reasons for spilling and dropping things share some common causes with other fumble finger situations. So you may want to take a look at what I wrote about reducing dropping things.
The tips below were either passed on to me or learned over 30 years the hard way. Not all may apply to you. Yet, something here may be of help to you or someone you know.
- Avoid distractions and focus for the moment on the task. This is the #1 step you can take.
- Pour over the sink or solid counter where, if it happens, clean-up won’t be a problem.
- If it might help, pour where the light is better or improve the lighting in some way.
- To avoid overfilling, if you have enough sight, pour into something that has a color that contrasts with the liquid you are pouring.
- Another way to avoid over filling is by draping a finger over the lip or buying an audible liquid level indicator. They are found on the internet or in stores catering to those with various disabilities. If it is hard to feel the rising liquid when it is at room temperature, chill or heat it if possible.
- When carrying a liquid-filled item, here are a few ways to lessen the chance of spilling or making a mess:
- place it in or on a larger bowl or plate. A small spill could be caught in them.
- try to keep it level. A trick is to hold it with both hands with your elbows pressed against your side. Yes, you might look like your praying, but there’re worse things to look like you’re doing.
- It is easy to knock over something when reaching for it. When your hands are on the move, keep them low and move slow.
- Here’s a trick to more easily find your glass or cup when seated at a table. While holding the item, press the edge of your elbow against the edge of the table. Slowly lower your hand to set it down. To find it, repeat the motion. Your hand should land on what you set down.
- Contrast can be your friend when it comes to spotting items. Use a placemat with a color that contrasts to the plates, bowls and cups you use.
Let me know about any techniques that work for you and I’ll share them as well.Edward Cohen is a low-vision senior living in southeast Minnesota. He is also the founder and owner of EZ2See® Products LLC. He designs and manufactures helpful organizing products for daily living, including large-print, weekly /calendars
Let me know about any techniques that work for you and I’ll share them as well.