Is getting organized your number one New Year’s resolution? Here’s how to achieve it: AWARENESS! How can awareness help to declutter and organize? And how do you become aware? (Click on Read More)
Embarrassed by losing the same things (phone, keys) over and over again? For people with ADHD this problem is all too common. For the rest of us, losing items becomes a reality when we’re stressed or tired. There are serious consequences for misplacing important items: we are delayed getting out of the house, we make a bad impression, we disappoint ourselves, we arrive late to appointments and jobs, and we appear to disrespect friends, family and coworkers! There are viable strategies to help even the most absentminded.
A basic principle of organizing is to assign homes for all our things: papers, shoes, tools, sports equipment, photos, clothes and so on. The same is true for crucial items like keys, phones or store/gift cards. Not only do these items need homes but we must be consistent about returning them to their rightful places. How to do this?
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In a previous post (July 2019), I described minimalism and my beginning progress on that road. To repeat a quote from Joshua Becker of the becomingminimalist.com blog, “minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” Initially, I wondered what it would look like and how it would feel to declutter the things I did not use. Slow and steady progress has marked my experience. I am hoping to find clarity toward future goals as a result of the decluttering process. (Click on Read More to continue.)
As we contemplate a new year, who doesn’t dream to make our lives better, eliminate bad habits or just take more responsibility for our lives? As I’ve blogged in the past, the New Year is a wonderfully energetic time to make resolutions. However, this year I’m approaching resolutions from a broader perspective. Simplicity - the state of being uncomplicated. What about intentionally working on simplicity as a way to bring about positive changes? Here’s my thought process:
Simplify > Focus > Achieve goals
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Want to learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
BLOGS & VIDEOS:
www.brownadhdclinic.com Blog by Dr. Thomas Brown, author of Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults
http://adhdhomestead.net/ Written by a woman who has ADHD, it offers advice and support
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IO6zqIm88s Youtube video contains interviews comparing a child with ADHD and a child without
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t32CK5t8d2Q Youtube video that shows a teenager’s perception of life with ADHD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZrZa5pLXk Youtube video by Dr. Thomas Brown describing the symptoms of ADHD
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Most people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with chronic disorganization in their day to day lives. Do these challenges sound familiar? Inability to: find things when they are needed, make decisions about what to throw/give away, start and/or finish a decluttering project, sort/organize belongings. Fear not – there is hope. Organizing solutions for people with ADHD must be simple, creative and deliberate. Try the tips below that speak to you – it’s worth taking the time now in order to save time later. Your future self (and your loved ones) will thank you.
We focus on the topic of ADHD this month since October is ADHD Awareness Month. Many of our clients have been diagnosed with ADHD, a frustrating brain disorder that impacts the ability to be organized. People with ADHD experience significant problems getting started on organizing tasks, following through on these tasks, and maintaining organizational systems. They struggle with organizing things or with managing time. In many cases they struggle with both. What exactly is ADHD and how does it affect organization?
Embarking on self-improvement? Organization will follow!
In this month of Self-Improvement, we encourage you to think about self-improvement as the foundation for getting organized. Work on these common self-improvement goals: exercise, eat better, change habits, set goals, be mindful, be thankful, learn new skill, stop wasting time, and accept change. Then you will find that organization naturally follows. That’s because disorganization is often rooted in poor time management, lack of goals, living mindlessly and, yes, lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Once the mind is trained and properly nourished then it can function effortlessly to clear the environment. Why not work on self-improvement this month and reap the added benefit of organization?
See the previous post for self-improvement ideas.
September is Self-Improvement Month! What a great time of year to re-focus on ourselves. As the days cool and shorten, it’s the perfect time for looking inward. Now is a natural point to assess our goals, make adjustments and create plans to carry us through the year end. We may want to declutter a personal space, set up a workable filing system, or finally organize a photo collection. Of course, self-improvement can encompass any area of our lives such as health, relationships, career, volunteering or education. How do we get started and make progress and maintain momentum? The best way I know is to choose a small improvement and go for it! Don’t be tempted with grandiose ideas that could lead to frustration but be realistic, honest, and practical. The purpose is to make changes that will improve the way we feel about yourselves. The changes can make us stronger, wiser, or more capable of dealing with everyday struggles. Thus, time spent on self-improvement is never wasted. What small self improvement would make a big impact on your life? Are you ready to make it happen?
Sooner or later, with just about every client, we come across a box of old car stuff in the garage. You know what this looks like: a dusty, neglected, cardboard box full of things that came out of an old car. Maybe it resulted from cleaning out a current car. This stuff languishes sometimes for years. As a result, people go without sunglasses, snow brushes, coupons and other favorite items because they forget that the box exists. Eventually these necessities are replaced out of desperation.
It’s only one box! Hopefully! Don’t be afraid of it! Sort it out right now. You’ll feel better knowing it’s done. You might even find those favorite sunglasses or a missing check! Begin by sorting things into two piles: 1) RELOCATE elsewhere and 2) REPLACE in the car.
Carol Martin-Ward, encouraging practical ideas for easy organizing