6 ADHD-Friendly Tips for Organizing Your Home

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At the end of a busy day, it is really comforting to come home to a clean and organized home. When you have ADHD, living in an organized home has more benefits than just looking good.  

For example:

*When you know exactly where your belongings are your life is calmer because you don’t have last minute panics trying to find items. This also helps you with time management. 

*In an organized environment  your focus and concentration increases.

By contrast, an environment in which you are surrounded by clutter will decrease your focus.

*Having an organized home improves your self-esteem and makes you feel good about yourself. Whereas a cluttered home can negatively affect your self-esteem.

Despite the positive benefits of living in an organized home, the core aspects of ADHD can make it challenging.

3 Reasons Why Having an Organized Home Is Hard With ADHD

Hyperactivity makes paying attention to one task difficult. Unfortunately, organizing requires concentration and is boring, which are both things that people with hyperactivity dislike.

Impulsivity means it is hard to stay on task without jumping to the next, which means that you can leave a trail of half organized things. 

Inattention means you struggle to filter out incoming information and focus on just one task, which means making progress on one thing is challenging.

While having ADHD might not lend itself to creating and maintaining a physically organized environment, it is possible.

Start with small achievable goals rather than aiming for perfection.

For example, focus on organizing one closet in which all your clothes are hanging up (rather than being on the floor), so that it is easy to find items or on picking up everything from the floor, so you can walk around without tripping.

6 ADHD Tips for Getting Organized

1) Walk around your home and write down the rooms and areas in those rooms that you want to organize. You might think you want to organize everything; however, by breaking your home into smaller chunks, it will be easier for you to take action. For example, in your bedroom you could write on your list: wardrobe, chest, or drawers, and pick up the items on the floor near your bed

2) Schedule a time in your week when you have energy. Organizing is tiring. Pick a time when you will have mental and physical energy, such as the weekend.

3) Don’t feel like you have to organize everywhere at once. Pace yourself and do one area at time. 

4) Declutter! In order to be organized you need to put your home on a diet and donate or throw items out that you no longer use. Don’t feel guilty about letting things go.

5) Do you need any equipment? After decluttering, look to see what you need to help you stay organized. For example, if you have tidied your wardrobe, you might realize the reason why clothes pile up on the floor is because you don't have enough coat hangers.

  Be careful with this step though! Going shopping is easy and fun. Lots of people with ADHD do this step first and then end up with more organizing tools than they need.

6) (Optional) Ask for help. Some people with ADHD find it helpful to work with another person as they organize. Having an ally makes the project feel less stressful. It can also help you to stay on task. Your organizing friend could help directly with the organizing or simply be in the same room while you work. Why not try both and see which is most helpful for you?

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