Being a mom or dad is a tough job. Being an ADHD parent requires more. Keeping your home organized and beautiful, your children on track with school and well behaved, and prioritizing your own well being are a lot for those with executive function challenges. Here are some tips to rock your parenting job.
Declutter your home
It’s all too much sometimes with all the clothes, toys, electronics and stuff. It’s hard to get control of stuff in your home. Having less to organize makes it easier to find homes for your stuff.
- Minimize the clutter by bringing in as little as you can. Be sure it’s something you must acquire before you purchase it.
- Assign a function to each room in your home so that you know what belongs in that space. At times the most difficult task in an ADHD home is where does something belong. It belongs in the space it is going to be used.
- If you already have too much, set aside an hour once a week to let go of what is unused currently. Declutter decisively by deciding if you have used it in the last 6 months. If not, be brutal and bring it to a donation spot that afternoon. You may have one regret for every 10 bags of donations, but it’s a small price to pay for clarity and organization in your home.
Paper is a major enemy for ADHD parents. There’s too much coming in from the mail and school. Here’s a simple plan that helps.
- Open your mail over the recycling bin every day. Keep only what is required not potential papers such as service providers, coupons, or any other just in case papers.
- Pay bills online through your bank. Place the bills in a box marked for the year.
- Set up a command center for your kids’ papers. Drop in papers regularly and once a month talk about the papers with your kids. Discretely let go of what’s not “precious.” Move these remaining papers to a portfolio or make a photo book.
Post important dates to your family calendar
Our busy families have lots of commitments. Keep track of them with a family calendar.
- A paper month at a glance calendar can hang by the refrigerator. Keep a basket or bulletin board for invitations, directions or other date related papers.
- Try online calendars like Google or Cozi to keep dates digitally, but print a copy for posting in your home.
- Remember to pencil in white space. Back to back commitments make life stressed. Down time gives everyone time to recuperate and refresh. It also gives you time to prioritize and evaluate.
Landing strip at your door
It’s easy to be late because of lost keys, homework, shoes or other last minute stuff. Create a landing strip at your door with hooks, baskets, a bench and a analog clock. It’s a spot to drop items as you come and go from the house.
The most organized and productive ADHD parents recognize the value of a good night’s rest. With all these great tips in place, making sure you get to bed earlier than you think will help you rock being an ADHD parent.