I can’t emphasize enough how important getting organized is for ADHD adults. You see, clutter and chaos cause visual clutter which increases mental clutter. If you have attention deficit, you already have enough mental clutter. You don’t need more!
My life is a living example. When my office gets cluttered, staying focused is harder and my productivity plummets. When my house is messy I get overwhelmed and cranky. Staying on track challenges me enough as it is. No need to make me more distracted by piles of clutter.
In fact, that’s one of the reasons I decided to learn to become organized in the first place. Living a disorganized life makes everything harder to do.
Are you convinced that getting better organized with ADHD is a noble goal? Great! So, where do you start?
How Organized Do You Need to Be with ADHD?
I could tell you to start at the biggest pile or to install some fancy storage, but I won’t.
First, before you do anything else, you must set realistic expectations. Otherwise, you’ll be aiming for perfection and perfection is a game no one can win.
Realistic is good enough. When you’re deciding how organized you need to be with ADHD, care more about how things work for you than how it looks. Unless you’re expecting a team of photographers from Beautiful Home magazine to show up at your door, of course.
So, just how organized do you need to be to make ADHD easier?
You need to be organized enough to quickly find the things you use the most when you need them.
It’ll also help if you’re organized enough to easily put away the things you use the most.
It’s that simple.
Remember, this isn’t about some magical standard. It’s about you want and what you need.
What’s organized enough for you might be too organized for your friend Sam. Or, not organized enough for you friend Jan. That’s why one size fits all organizing solutions seldom work for people with ADHD.
Can’t get organized alone? You don’t have to. There is help.
You can work with a supportive and caring friend. You can even hire a Professional Organizer to help you get organized.
Helping ADHD adults get organized is so important that I have created a couple of options to help you.
If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, you might find my book, Organized for Life, useful. It’s my step-by-step guide to help you get organized so you stay organized. You can find out more about Organized for Life here.
My group ADHD coaching program, the ADHD Success Club, also teaches practical organizing skills. More details on the Success Club are here.
Whatever path you decide is right for you, first take that important first step. Decide how organized YOU need to be with ADHD. What will make ADD / ADHD easier for you to live with.