Organizational Tips for Adults with ADD
Staying organized can be a challenge for anyone. For adults with ADD, it’s an ongoing struggle. If you haven’t already discovered your own tips and tricks for organizing your home, your office – your life, maybe some of the following suggestions will help!
First of all, don’t approach the task of organizing as a single project. A challenge that large can be overwhelming – for anybody, let alone for someone with ADD! Break it down into bite-size pieces. Maybe this weekend, you can tackle the junk drawer in the kitchen. Don’t try to do the whole kitchen – just one drawer. That’s a reasonable goal. And every time you open that door and see the organized contents, you’ll feel so good. (Try to remember that feeling and let it motivate you to keep the drawer tidy.)
After work, you might be able to set a little time aside to sort out the shoes in your closet. The next morning when you open your closet doors, you’ll be greeted by the wonderful site of a tidy display of footwear versus a messy pile that you have to dig through every time you want a certain pair of shoes. You may want to put the shoes you wear to work in one area, the shoes you wear to run – or run errands – can be grouped together in another. If you have a lot of shoes, it might be a good idea to invest in a system of shoe racks or over the door organizers.
If it helps, you can even set up a schedule of small organizational tasks that can be tackled successfully in a very reasonable amount of time.
Here are some other tips that might help you keep your life organized…
HGTV turned to its viewers for tried and true organizing tips – and those viewers came through with some great suggestions! https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/your-top-10-organizing-tips
- Marsha told HGTV that she uses an empty tissue box to store plastic grocery bags.
- Holly said she uses clear plastic boxes to organize her medicine cabinet.
- Beth suggested using an A-Z accordion file for storing instruction booklets for appliances and electronics. And before she files those booklets away, she staples the receipt inside the front cover.
Christine F. told HGTV that she couldn’t do without those clear hanging shoe organizers that you can hang over the door. “I have one on the inside of every door in my house,” she said. “One is in the entryway for hats, gloves and scarves, another in the garage for nails, screwdrivers and smaller items and one in the bathroom for trial-size items. I use one in the kitchen for spices and small bags and another in the linen closet for washcloths and pillow cases. And of course, one in my closet for shoes — how clever!”
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