ADHD? Hoarder? What Causes the Clutter?
Is your clutter so totally out of control that your family and friends make jokes that you’re a hoarder? ADHD can be like that!
So many piles. So much stuff to manage. Deep down you might even worry that they’re right; that you do have a hoarding problem.
Before you get too worked up, let’s open the ADHD Success inbox and peek at an email I got a few weeks ago from a reader who wants to know how to stop looking like an ADHD hoarder.
Gayle wrote, “Yes, I want to learn how to live easier with ADHD. Like managing my living space and the things that I need, for instance my clothes! How many pants should I have? I have so much stuff and clutter It looks like I am a hoarder! Frustrated, please help.”
Great question, Gayle.
There’s a reason clearing clutter and getting organized with ADHD are challenging. And it’s not because you’re a hoarder.
Often ADHD adults have a hard time making decisions.
What’s at the core of clearing clutter and getting organized? Making decisions, of course.
Not making decisions means you keep too much stuff. So, you look like a hoarder.
Not making decisions about where to keep things means your stuff piles up around your office and house. And, you look like a hoarder.
So the trick to both living easier with ADHD and not looking like you’re hoarding is learning to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
That’s why when I teach people how to get organized with ADHD I guide them with a simple list of questions to make those decisions easier.
(If you have my book, Organized for Life!, you’ll find the clutter clearing questions on page 82.)
You also need ADHD-friendly organizing systems so the things you keep have good homes and don’t pile up.
Not knowing how to decide what to get rid of is different than wanting to keep everything. Hoarders can’t get rid of anything.
To stop looking like an ADHD hoarder you need to get good at making decisions about what to keep and where to keep it. That’s a key skill for staying organized for life.