Let’s face it: most people find moving to be an overwhelming experience. However, for those of us with ADHD, it can feel extra challenging. The chaos of packing, organizing, and making sure nothing gets lost during the move can cause people to experience headache-like symptoms. But fear not, fellow ADHD warriors! I have been there and done that, and I am ready to share my five strategies to make packing easier while moving with ADHD.
Start Early and Create a Checklist
One of the biggest challenges I face when managing my ADHD is procrastination. I have learned to start packing early to tackle my procrastinating tendencies while moving. It is important for me to create a detailed checklist of all the tasks I must complete well before moving day arrives.
Having a visual guide has helped me stay on track and reduce my stress. You can do the same by breaking down packing into smaller tasks, such as packing one room at a time or focusing on specific categories of items.
Stay Organized With Color-Coding
In addition to procrastination, I have found it difficult to keep track of my belongings while packing up for a move. I learned to use color-coded labels or stickers for my boxes to make it easier. I assigned a specific color to each room in my home to make things easier when I unpack. Using a color-coded organization system helps me quickly identify where each box should go, reducing the number of items most likely to get lost during a move.
My ADHD manifests as a shorter attention span and increased susceptibility to distractions. When packing, I know that it’s crucial to eliminate distractions and create a dedicated and clutter-free workspace. You can do the same by putting away your phone, turning off notifications, and letting those around you know you need some focused packing time. Additionally, using a timer to work in short, focused bursts that still allow for regular breaks has helped me prevent packing burnout.
Ask for Help and Support
One thing I have learned while living with ADHD is to stop being afraid of asking for assistance from family members and friends. Moving can require a team effort, and having a support system in place can be a game-changer that can really help you stay on track. It has also helped me know that people I trust are treating my most precious items with precision and care.
Pack Your Essential Items First
Before you start the packing process, I recommend creating an essentials box with items you’ll need immediately upon arriving at your new home. When making my essentials box, I always include items like medication, important documents, toiletries, and a change of clothes. Remember to label this box correctly to avoid confusion when arriving at your new home.
Moving with ADHD can present some unique challenges. However, by using the right strategies, I have found that moving can become manageable. My five strategies to make packing easier while moving with ADHD will help you embrace the adventure of moving and get settled into your new space. Happy packing and moving!