Many adults with ADHD deal with cluttered environments, whether at home or at work. If you are able to work well in those surroundings, then it’s time to welcome your organized chaos. If not, then here are a few tips to prevent clutter from overwhelming you.
Some experts believe that signs of clutter reflects an overwhelmed/disorganized mind. Others see it as a sign of superior intellectual ability.
Those who are “organizationally challenged” can spend hours, days, or even years trying to get things organized.
A mess that is ignored can grow larger, until it can overwhelm us.
Messy and Dysfunctional
Many adults with ADHD recognize signs that their clutter is controlling them.
1. Having to purchase items to replace those that you can no longer find due to clutter.
2. When your spouse or coworkers complain that the mess is interfering with them.
3. The mess/clutter becomes a distraction.
4. When items are in the wrong room. An example would be dishes in the bedroom.
Clutter Control Tips for ADHD Adults
1. Place a trash can in every room.
2. Spend 15 minutes per day to decluttering. This includes throwing away and filing documents. Anything that helps simplify your environment.
3. Assign at least one junk drawer in every room. If you don’t know where an item should go, put it in this drawer.