Getting organized is a challenge for a lot of people, and this is especially true for my ADHD clients. They know what they need to do, they want to do it, but so many other things get in the way. It causes stress in many aspects of their lives. I have put together a few ADD Friendly Tips to conquer your clutter.... You may not be able to implement all of them at once, and you may find some ideas work better for you than others. That is OK... this is a work in progress... all I ask is you try! If you want to change to happen, you have to be willing to try!
A few tips to consider when conquering your clutter:
Less is More - First thing's first, when you are trying to clear clutter, you must first eliminate! When you have less, it's much easier to stay organized. You don't want to try and get organized without taking the time to go through your home and office and really evaluate what you need. Keep only the things that have value to you. I suggest you tackle one small area at a time. You will see faster progress, which will motivate you to keep going. It also takes away the overwhelm when you know you are only working one small space and not the whole house.
Purchase with Purpose - Think before you buy, and when you do buy, decide where the item will go in your home. Every item needs to have a permanent home. Place a note in your wallet as a reminder, place it in front of your debit or credit card. Think before you buy. When bringing something new in the home, take something out. This is often called the "In and Out" rule. It will help eliminate accumulating too much stuff.
Make the Homes Convenient and Easy - If you make your filing system too complicated, you will never file. If your kitchen is set up in a way that it is inconvenient to put pots and pans away, it won't happen, and if it does happen it will not have any order to it. It's important to organize your belongings the way you use them and in the easiest way. Even if doesn't make sense to the rest of the world, it needs to make sense to you.
Organize Just Enough - This is so important for the ADD'er.... Don't strive for perfection. Set up a system that works good enough for you. The goal is to be able to find what you need when you need it. This can be in the form of a pile, it does not have to be in a perfect labeled box or bin. When things get lost, which they will, take note of it, and build a system around it.
Awareness is the first step towards change!