One of the biggest things that those of us with ADHD struggle with is maintaining order.
We lose things, we forget things, our spaces are a mess.
Oftentimes, when we try to clean our house – or any space, really – we end up organizing our clutter. We haven’t so much cleaned as created neat piles of stuff.
We still can’t find anything, but for a little while at least, it looks better.
Lucky for us, the fine folks at Maryville University have put together a wonderful article all about decluttering. The article is aimed at helping seniors declutter their spaces for safety, but there are certainly plenty of tips that we all can use. In addition, there is an extensive set of links to other articles on the same subject.
Now before you desert me to spend a few hours reading all of those wonderful ideas, let me give you a few tips of my own:
- Your clutter didn’t happen in an hour or a day; it’s not going to go away that fast, either. Give yourself time to tackle it and do small sections at a time.
- Getting rid of clutter can sometimes be emotional. You might want to consider having someone help you who can encourage you to get rid of things without any ensuing drama or hurt feelings.
- Prepare ahead of time with boxes, trash bags, and a good marker.
- Put things to donate right into the car and then drive them there ASAP.
- Take a look at why some of your stuff is clutter. For instance, I own a lot of books. They’re pretty much everywhere. A good sized bookcase would take care of the problem and let me keep my books. Maybe you can find a similar solution for some of your items that aren’t really clutter – they just don’t have a home.
Once you get your space cleaned up – or maybe while you’re doing it – don’t forget to come back here and share what you’ve learned!