You know that as someone with ADHD clutter is an ongoing problem. And that word “ongoing” is key. You can’t just clean things up and expect them to stay that way forever.
There isn’t much in life that works that way.
There are 3 main reasons that we have issues with clutter:
- Things are out because they have no home.
- We leave things out because we don’t want to forget about them, but they end up becoming visual clutter.
- We sort of forget that they are there, and when we do notice, we fail to take action in putting them away.
Number 3 is what I want to talk about today, cause this is Clutter: For Real.
This is a basket of laundered and folded sheets. The last time we had company overnight, I was very prompt about removing the sheets when they left, washing and drying them, and folding them.
And then they sat in the family room for longer than I’m willing to admit. (They have since made it to just outside the linen closet upstairs. Baby steps.)
This is a more recent mess. This is a container of things I took down in order to put up Christmas decorations. I am proud to say that it is now in storage where it belongs.
This is my son’s “desktop” aka the coffee table in the living room. The stuff at the top of the picture is his. The stuff on the left is the day’s mail. In my defense, I was not home when the mail was brought in.
The mail has since been dealt with and my son’s papers are in a folder he keeps by his computer. However, the coffee table now holds a large box from the Disney store that contained some gifts for my grandson. (By the way my entire online ordering experience with Disney was above and beyond anything I expected.)
This is the floor under my desk. Those things on the floor fell out of a magazine my husband was reading. I’m pretty sure that they were there for at least several hours before anyone (me) noticed them and picked them up.
We have clutter in our lives. All of us. Not just the ADD ones, all of us.
OK, so those with ADHDD (ADHD Deficit) may have less clutter than us and more success keeping it under control, but clutter is a fact of life.
Don’t believe me?
Next time you check your mailbox, remember what I said.
The key to keeping this kind of clutter under control is to notice and take action.
And you know what?
It literally takes just a minute or less.