Getting Organized with AD/HD

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I admit it. I am an organizing junkie. I love anything to do with organizing – I love books about it, websites and shows about it – sometimes I even like doing it. I especially love living in an organized home.

Now before you think that I have one of those picture perfect showhouses where everything is always in it’s place, let me assure you that I don’t. A real family lives in our house, and sometimes, it’s messy. Remember, there are 5 adults in my house who all have Attention Deficit Disorder.

An organized house, to me, is one that runs smoothly. Bills get paid on time, and laundry is done on a regular basis. There is food to eat and places to find the things one might need, like a pen, an extra blanket, or the instruction manual for the tv.

Right now, if you were to show up at my front door, I might not let you in. Well, OK, I probably would, but I’d be embarrassed. We are still waiting for my husband to finish the new bedroom downstairs for our oldest daughter who moved home several months ago. That means that her queen sized bed is still in the living room and her clothes seem to be everywhere. The chaos makes me crazy, but the household is still functioning.

When you’ve got Attention Deficit Disorder, it’s hard to keep up with all the demands of running a household. And once things get of control, it becomes very overwhelming to try and get them back in order. That’s because you’re looking at the big picture; you need to narrow your focus in order to regain control.

So take a look at where things have gotten out of hand, and decide which is the most important. I’d say paying the bills on time, keeping a clean kitchen and bathroom, and doing laundry are the biggest and most important. Pick the most pressing one for you and then work on getting things back on track, one step at a time. 

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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