Using the theme of Quick and Easy for May, here are tips for simple, effective organizing for those with ADHD. Since our pace has picked up again, it’s important to keep organizing easy to accomplish. When a task seems easy, it’s more likely we will get started!
Keep a donation bag handy for ongoing decluttering
Rather than take hours to make decisions on whether to keep an item, use the energy and spirit of the moment when you feel an item is ready to be donated. When the bag is full, take it immediate to a drop box in a local parking lot or call a local philanthropy to pick up at your front door.
Invite a friend to be your paper partner or clutter buddy.
Be a support and be supported by a friend who is also struggling. Inviting another to work as partners you will can brag on your successes and commiserate on struggles.
Use command hooks for point of use storage.
Command hooks give you a “home” for items right where you use these.
Maximize vertical storage with an shoe organizer on the inside of any closet.
Shoe organizers are not just for shoes! You can use them in a play room for hot wheels or Barbies, in a craft room for adhesives or accessories, or at the back door for bug spray and hand sanitizer.
Add a shoe basket at the back door.
Maybe you or your family don’t want to run back to the closet to get their shoes? A shoe basket keeps all your footwear at the point of use in and out of the house.
Use slim line hangers to maximize space.
Slim line hanger save space and make your clothes pop! It’s an easy way to look and feel more organized. As you rehang onto new hangers. decide if you have not worn an item in a quite a while.
Place a small tray where you keep rings and important jewelry.
Never lose a ring or earrings again with a small tray placed by your vanity or kitchen sink.
When in doubt about paper, know where you can find it online.
There are many ways to find the same information online rather than on paper. Bookmark on your device or use Evernote or Notes to keep the website information.
Use two dry erase month at a glance calendars for dates and planning.
Capture information from your texts, emails and phone on month at a glance magnetic calendars. It’s easy to see and easy to add information. Add a splash of color for fun.
Use the “one in – two out” rule.
For every item you bring into your home, remove two items. It will keep your home in balance with stuff.
Choose one of these strategies and see how you feel once you have accomplished a little organizing!