Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can present unique challenges, especially when it comes to maintaining an organized living space. The constant whirlwind of thoughts and the difficulty in focusing on one task can make decluttering seem like an overwhelming endeavor. However, there are practical strategies and techniques that individuals with ADHD can adopt to create a more organized and peaceful environment. In this blog post, we’ll explore the art of decluttering with ADHD and provide actionable tips to help streamline your living space.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to start decluttering your clutter in your living room. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at some tips for decluttering any unfinished projects in your living room.
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Currently we are working on how to unclutter the Living Room. The daily task for today, Dec. 25, 2023, is to begin to declutter any unfinished projects in your living room. Remember, we are focusing on just the living room area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
Navigating the Chaos: Decluttering with ADHD
Understanding ADHD and Decluttering: ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults, impacting various aspects of daily life, including organization and time management. When it comes to decluttering, it’s crucial to acknowledge the unique challenges individuals with ADHD face, such as difficulty in decision-making, impulsivity, and a tendency to become easily distracted.
Tips for Decluttering with ADHD:
- Start Small: Begin with small, manageable tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed and when decluttering with ADHD. Tackling one area at a time allows you to focus your energy and attention on specific spaces, making the decluttering process more achievable.
- Set Clear Goals: Define clear and realistic goals for each decluttering session. Whether it’s organizing a desk, clearing out a closet, or tidying up a room, having a specific goal provides a sense of direction and accomplishment.
- Use a Timer: Embrace the power of short, focused bursts of activity. Set a timer for 15 to 20 minutes and work on decluttering during that time. Knowing there’s a designated endpoint can help alleviate the anxiety associated with an open-ended task.
- Categorize Items: Group similar items together to simplify decision-making. Categorizing belongings into groups such as “keep,” “donate,” and “discard” can make the process more systematic and less mentally taxing.
- Create Designated Spaces: Establish specific places for frequently used items. This helps reduce the chances of misplacing belongings and makes it easier to maintain order. Consider using labels and storage bins to keep things organized.
- Incorporate Visual Reminders: Visual cues can be powerful tools for individuals with ADHD. Utilize color-coded labels, sticky notes, or visual reminders to help reinforce organization and create a more visually appealing and structured environment.
- Involve a Support System: Seek support from friends, family, or a professional organizer. Having someone to provide guidance, encouragement, or simply keep you company during the decluttering process can make it more enjoyable and manageable.
- Celebrate Small Wins: Acknowledge and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Completing a decluttering task, no matter how minor, is an achievement that deserves recognition. Positive reinforcement can motivate you to continue the journey to a more organized space.
Decluttering with ADHD may pose unique challenges, but with the right strategies and mindset, it is entirely achievable. By breaking down tasks, setting clear goals, and incorporating organization techniques tailored to your needs, you can transform your living space into a more ordered and serene environment. Remember, the key is to embrace progress over perfection and celebrate the small victories along the way.
Guide to Decluttering
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
Hacks for Decluttering
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
Steps for Decluttering
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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