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u/forethoughtless · 8 pointsr/ADHD

Parenting is a full-time job!! It boggles my mind that a stay at home parent with a child that needs pretty much constant attention (i.e. isn't yet autonomous enough to entertain themselves or be left alone safely for very long) is expected to cook, clean, and otherwise maintain the household flawlessly on top of that! I see that pattern quite a bit on /r/relationships!

I got a lot of value out of this book. Its value is limited to me at this time since I'm a recent grad living at home, but it has some great tips for organizing from someone who really seems to "get" ADHD - she doesn't have it but has worked with a lot of people who do. Most of it boils down to making things as easy as possible: e.g. reducing your cookware to minimize the stacking and nesting that can occur in cupboards and on shelves, not using separate laundry hampers and baskets, ways to prevent paper piles from building up around the house, stuff like that. Cutting down on those "intermediate steps" is a big focus. She covers every room and includes tips for laundry and handling kids' toys/laundry/room as well. It's something I am going to refer to periodically and IMO it would be helpful for any busy household where time for "picking up" is in short supply, really.

Plus the book is made to be easy to read with little highlighted "post its" throughout with main ideas and tips. I think she even warns you in the intro to not try to read the entire book in one sitting and then try to change everything at once, haha.

u/TanyaMyk · 3 pointsr/ADHD
  • Because I'm poor, I borrowed this book from the library. I don't even remember what the content of the book was anymore, I just remember thinking that it was SO INSIGHTFUL and I definitely recommend it.
  • I also recommend Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD. After borrowing it 3 summers in a row, I bought it and keep it around as a reference.
u/5edgy · 3 pointsr/ADHD

This sounds like something the Organizing for ADHD book would recommend (! Love it. She emphasizes efficiency of effort over efficiency of space and other considerations like aesthetics.

u/Tryingmybestplease · 3 pointsr/Adulting

Congrats on improving your habits!

This may be your new favorite site/app:

There are also some awesome apps that can help you with reminders and keep you motivated —

OurHome - chores and rewards by Cape Horizon Pty. Ltd.

Tody by LoopLoop

This book may also help:

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition-Revised and Updated: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized

Kitchen timers will be your best friend. Keep yourself motivated for 15-min chunks of cleaning with rewards.

u/RainbowBrittle · 2 pointsr/TwoXADHD

That's interesting--I'm nursing right now, and got PPD or something similar, and the only thing I can take is Sertraline (generic Zoloft). I wasn't diagnosed with ADD until my early 20's, when college failures put me into a deep depression.

I just had my sertraline dosage upped, and it keeps me happier for sure--I'm not just sitting and staring into space because I have no energy. Now I am sitting and staring into space because I'm distracted!

Medication helps a LOT, for sure. I just get my Adderall from my primary care doc.

BUT-- it's really important to develop habits and use strategies that will also keep you on track. I really liked, and look forward to once again (bf'ing will be done in December) having a guaranteed block of time where I am focused. But stimulant medication wears off, so you don't want your life to totally fall apart at night!

Developing a habit of using lists, calendars, etc.--whatever works for you--will probably be one of the most important things you can do . Also try a book like this for ideas.

Best of luck to you!

u/raininmywindow · 2 pointsr/ADHD

For your organisational problems I'd suggest reading Susan C. Pinsky's book on organising for people with adhd. She's got a ton of different tricks and tips, like either getting clear boxes or doing away with boxes so you can actually see what items are where.

It's helped me a lot with seeing that just because something is usually done a certain way it doesn't mean that's the best way to do it (certainly if you're neurodivergent). Not all of her advice will be helpful, but I've found most of it relevant to me specifically, or at least interesting to think about.


As for automation, I've found it helps to use apps for certain things like cooking. I use mealime for that, it lets me choose a weekplan for meals, then gives me all the groceries I need and the cooking instructions are step by step.

I'm not really in a position where a robot vacuum is feasible, but I did get a stick vacuum that makes much less noise than my old one, which makes it easier to keep my room clean because I don't hate vacuuming as much.

Luckily bills are mostly automated here, and if they aren't I can set it up. It helps a ton!

u/KlfJoat · 2 pointsr/ADHD

There's a book on ADD organizing that is everything you could ever want in an ADD book.

The problem is, all the people who write ADD books tend to be super serious professionals... MD's and PhD's and social workers and such. Their own peers would look down upon them for writing books with wide margins, colorful diagrams, pictures, glossy pages, a bunch of offset text, and the like.

No organizer peer group would look down on such a book.

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u/Mumdot · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit

This book really helped me - its full of useful tips like giving yourself permission not to be neat as long as things are organized in a system that you will use. For me this is open bins where I throw clean dish towels without having to fold them first and a dozen or so pairs of the same black socks so I don't have to match them. Now those things get put away because they don't take a lot of time to think about

u/outofshell · 2 pointsr/declutter

You might find it helpful to read books on organizing for people with ADHD (I read a good one a few years ago; I think it was this one?). Regardless of whether or not you have an ADHD brain, there are some great tips for those of us who are memory-challenged and out-of-sight-out-of-mind types.

Personally, I like to be able to see things I use regularly and so have a lot of things out in the open. I even removed the doors from most of my closets and storage areas. I organize things into clear plastic bins, organizers and containers, and label a lot of things. Yeah I love the peaceful feeling of a clear surface, but that is not feasible for my brain for every area of the house. Instead, I designate a few pieces of furniture as "no pile zones", so I can still enjoy some of those serene spaces without sacrificing practicality.

If you did something like that, you could have a surface that only holds one or two of your nice candles and maybe a vase or potted plant, but that's it. The scissors and pens need another well-organized home.

u/inandoutoftherain · 2 pointsr/ADHD

I got this book out from the library a few months ago - - managed to finally let go of 3 bags full of knickknacks.

there's a new edition coming out in june - hold out and buy that one if you like and borrow this at the moment. maybe stop buying new stuff till you handle the current mess.

u/brian15co · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

Here you go.. I haven't read them yet, Let me know what you think if you get to them first. I just finished Mastery by Robert Greene and it was pretty incredible. It really hit home since I don't know what the shit I'm doing with my life yet

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD

Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

u/KitsuneA · 1 pointr/ADHD

Have you worked with a doctor or therapist on treatment/coping?

I don't know your gender, background, work, location etc, but I have found a lot of great information in books/article.

This is a great book for anyone which helps with organization. Being better organized in general might help raise your threshold when dealing with social situations if you haven't used up you 'stimulus bank' on a chaotic environment.

This is a great book for women with ADHD. It's changing my life.

One of the most important things I'm learning is how a lifetime of not living up to expectations (of myself, society, family etc) has led me to develop a lot of intense feelings of guilt and shame. I am working on reversing that and forgiving myself when I do make mistake or reach the point of overs-stimulation.

Finally, with work, again depending on your location, you may be able to request reasonable accommodation. The caveat here is that you'll need a medical diagnosis.

u/jennile · 1 pointr/ADHD

Read several books on organizing for ADHD. When I was diagnosed, I read Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD and ADD Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. Out of all the organizing books I've read my whole life to deal with my brain (and I've read ton because I REALLY hated people criticizing me for my messiness and carelessness), the readability and the solutions are tailored to the ADHD brain. I hope these help you get some good ideas!

u/PineToot · 1 pointr/Parenting

I’m not sure what resources you’ve tapped into for your ADHD kiddo but I recommend this book to anyone fighting the good fight.

Edit: I have an ADHD 7 year old and two pre school aged kids so I definitely feel your pain.

u/sixtyorange · 1 pointr/ADHD

(Most of this is adapted advice from this book. I'm still a work in progress on this myself so this advice is as much for me as it is for you)

The big wins are going to be to make it easier to throw things away, put things away, and clean. Basically think in terms of rationing your attention "spoons." Don't waste valuable attention on low-priority, "nice-to-have" stuff. Maximize efficiency.

For the first one, are your trash cans large enough? Are there trash cans in enough locations? Are the trash bags right there or do you have to hunt for them to change the bag?

For the second one, when you're putting stuff away, is there actually a consistent place that everything goes? Or do you have to kind of wing it every time because you have too much stuff per unit of storage space?

The solution here is to make more storage space (preferably open space, like cubbies or shelves), and also ruthlessly, brutally, totally purge anything inessential. Donate, put out on the front step, throw away, recycle. Stuff in the "might use someday" category is a giant red flag for "give or throw this away." Getting a body double can help for these big organization/purge sequences.

Also, how many steps are involved in putting stuff away? Open containers are better, because you don't have to open or close a door. Anything fiddly or involved (like having to stack and unstack things) is disastrous because realistically, you just won't do it. Ideally, you should almost be able to fling stuff into place from wherever it is in the room. Having stuff organized in a more "open" plan may be a little less "Martha Stewart," but it can still look nice and organized, and it is way easier.

For the third one, do you have storage space for everything that's not "in a pile on the floor"? If things are in piles, you can't sweep and mop easily. If there's lots of crap around your bed or if it's totally crammed into the corner, your bed will be harder to make and you won't do it as much.

And can you simplify your sweeping/mopping/vacuuming routine? Swiffer-style mops with disposable cloths and the kind of cleaner you just squirt on the floor may cost a bit more, but if it saves you time and aggravation, it may be worth it. If your nemesis is the dishes, maybe get some compostable plates/silverware. Or, put almost all of your dishes in storage except for one or two sets, so they can't possibly build up. Bring the rest out only when you have company.

Basically, release yourself from the pressure of living up to a neurotypical person's standards for aesthetics and perfect environmental-friendliness in housekeeping. That stuff is for people with attention, time, and energy to spare. Focus on efficiency.

u/vonikay · 1 pointr/ADHD

I know this is not the advice you're looking for, but I always found tidying (and cleaning) very difficult but I implemented the advice in this book and I've found it way easier now, I can do it without thinking! Might be useful if you're looking for other solutions? :)

u/alittleperil · 1 pointr/girlsgonewired

Knowing what you're working with really helps determine what strategies to try first. It also helps you forgive yourself for having trouble with tasks that are not going to be in your wheelhouse. For me, knowing I'm not 'failing' to be organized, I'm succeeding at being semi-organized, means I can be kinder to myself for forgetting a doctor's appointment.

I rely a lot on bright colors to help organize things, though my apartment seems yet to have succumbed to the 'colorization is a good proxy for organization' theory. For example, I color the tops of pill containers according to when they need to be taken (blue for night, orange for morning, purple for as-needed), so they can all be thrown into a clear bin on the table in a disorganized pile, which is an improvement on not knowing where they were at all. Sometimes I'd find one in the kitchen. Basically, since I'm never going to be good at 'everything has a place' I try to maintain more of an 'everything has a general region'.

Doodles are excellent! Da Vinci would be proud. If you can, have your doodles saying things in word bubbles that were especially important in the lecture. Also, if you need to not be doodling for something, consider getting a fidget toy, there are a ton of different kinds on the market as people get more comfortable with kids fidgeting a little to help them stay in their seats and stay focused, and they're starting to get marketed to adults. Try getting a multi-pack that includes a flippy chain

Figuring out the right balance of occupied attention and difficulty of task takes a bit, but if you have a kind of task you do regularly, eventually you figure something out and can get into a groove. Then you just have to make sure you don't get distracted before you start your routine :) Sometimes, if it's a task that requires sporadic focus, I have to make sure it's an audiobook I know well to hit that balance.

There are a ton of organizing tips for us, but not all solutions will work for all people. And someday I will actually finish this book.

u/geoelectric · 1 pointr/ADHD

So you don't eventually get a nasty surprise, think Bose is a 50% partial trade in credit on malfunctioning headphones once you're out of warranty. I'm not sure you have to buy directly from them initially--think you can trade in a set from anywhere though obviously you'd have to buy the new set from them.

Stellar post, btw. Some of your solutions resemble things I learned in Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD. I'd recommend it as a good read to people wanting to simplify.

* looking online, depends on age of the headphones.