Order on the Outside = Order on the Inside

I know that keeping an orderly home can be a challenge for ADD Moms. And I also know that if your outside environment is in disorder, it will be harder for you to manage your ADHD symptoms.

You can’t have order on the inside unless there is order on the outside.

Sometimes, though, you don’t have a lot of control over your environment.

For instance, this is what my living room looks like right now:
Living room

It’s been this way for a few months now. And from the looks of it, it will be there for a few months more.

Oh, all the furniture that used to be in the living room? Some is in the garage, some is in the kitchen,kitchen

and some is in the family room, along with more lumber.Family room

So how am I managing to stay sane and on track right now?

I do what I can.

Sometimes that’s all you can do.

So I sweep the subfloors and try and organize the tools. I’m starting to enjoy the extra seating in the kitchen. And I try to keep things as orderly as I can in the midst of chaos. Hey, at least I don’t have to dust 🙂

I also have the upstairs rooms and the deck to retreat to. I can go to my office or my bedroom or outside and have some sense of order and calm. Remember the mom cave I talked about? That would be a great place right now.

So remember, when things are less orderly than you would like them to be – and whether or not you have control over that – be sure to find one little spot to retreat to and then do the best that you can with the rest.

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About Brenda Nicholson

I am an ADHD Expert, Coach, and Consultant. I want you to learn how to celebrate your life with ADHD too.

Comments

  1. Very true about order on the outside…and I have a similar problem, what with living in a 20 x 40 strawbale cabin & not enough self-discipline to get rid of unneeded stuff. Yet I’ve also found that “order on the inside” helps with order on the inside, i.e., if I take good care of myself, especially in honoring my creative drives, and making time for them, I am much calmer and more focused. As long as I practice the cello and write as often as I can, I think better & am more patient with my family.

    Becky Hein

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