Stay Organized with ADHD: 7 Tips

stay organized with ADHDAdults with ADHD may not always have a difficult time getting organized, but to stay organized with ADHD is difficult.[1] This requires daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance.1 Naturally, life brings along more paperwork, more mail, more laundry, and the need for more groceries, among many other things.1 Therefore, here are seven tips from Succeeding with Adult ADHD: Daily Strategies to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Manage Your Life by Abigail Levrini, PhD and Frances Prevatt, PhD to help you stay organized.1

  1. At the end of each day, spend 10 to 15 minutes picking up around your home.1 Put away all items that have been misplaced throughout the day.1 This way, you will know where to find them tomorrow and lessen the clutter.1
  2. Schedule a set day to complete the more time-consuming tasks, such as sorting mail, doing laundry, and paying bills.1 Put a reminder on your calendar.1
  3. Each time a new item enters your home, get rid of an old item.1 This will ultimately help you to prevent additional clutter.1 It will also help make you stop and think if you really need the new item in the first place.1
  4. Make it a rule to only handle your mail and paperwork once.1 When you are sorting your mail each week, avoid creating new piles to go through at a later date.1 Throw away, recycle, and shred junk mail immediately.1 Pay your bills right then and there.1 File away the papers as you receive them.1
  5. Keep a small container in different rooms in your home to collect things that are out of place.1 Then, put each item back where it belongs.1
  6. To stay organized on your computer and other electronic devices, use applications that help you.1 Many allow you to save ideas through pictures, web pages, and handwritten notes before you save them in an organized way to find again easily.1
  7. Get rid of items that are rarely used or do not add to your well-being.1 You may be afraid that you might need the item one day; however, most times, they serve no practical purpose and will rarely, if ever, be used.1 Levrini and Prevatt state that you can decide which items you need with a worksheet.1 Divide a piece of paper into four columns: item, purpose, last time used, and keep or throw.1 Go through each item, and decide what to do with it.1

It isn’t always possible to keep your space organized: life happens, and that is okay.1 However, these seven tips will help you to stay organized with ADHD a majority of the time.1 Once they become a part of your daily routine, you will have no problem actually doing them.1

[1] Tartakovsky, M. (2014). 7 Tips to Help Adults with ADHD Stay Organized. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 23, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/04/19/7-tips-to-help-adults-with-adhd-stay-organized/

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