Basic Organization

Organizational skills are one of the hardest things for ADDers to manage, and one of the most frustrating for moms! Here are a few tips:
• People with Attention Deficit Disorder are visually oriented. If they don’t see it, they forget about it or lose it. That’s the reason their room looks the way it does. Try using clear containers to organize smaller items – and don’t forget to label them!
• Utilize closet space (as opposed to drawer space) for as much as possible. Hanging clothes allows you to see what it there at a glance; clothes stored in drawers are hidden under one another, making it more difficult and time consuming to find what you need.
• Make things easy to put away. People are willing to look for something they need, but not so willing to put it away. If you can corral all of your child’s art supplies, for instance, in one container, they will be willing to dig through it for just the right marker, and then clean up is just sweeping everything back into the box.
• Use color as an organizing tool. Assign a color to each school subject, for instance, and then purchase notebooks, folders, and whatever else is needed for each subject in that color. This makes finding the appropriate notebook when you need it quick and easy. You can also use this same system for a calendar, assigning each family member a color, or each area of your life (school, sports, social, etc).
• Start small and keep it simple. Pick one small thing to organize (your backpack or purse, for instance). Figure out a way to organize it, and then work on maintaining it before you tackle another area.
• Schedule a set time each week to maintain your system. 30 minutes spent once a week can keep things running smoothly.
• Finally, don’t let perfection or other people’s ideas of organization do you in. If your current system of doing something works for you, then why bother changing it for someone else? Just be absolutely certain that it does work.

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