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Many of us with ADHD have built up lots of arguments about clutter & disorganization. We say things like:
- “My office is not disorganized… I know where everything is!”
- “Clutter isn’t that big a deal… it doesn’t bother me.”
- “Making things neat & tidy is a waste of time! I’m already behind… I could use that time to do important things instead!”
But the truth of the matter is something quite different. In reality, clutter is costing you more than you know.
Directly, or indirectly, being disorganized is often:
- straining or even damaging relationships
- fueling emotional distress and mental chaos
- burning much-needed energy and wasting scarce time resources
- and more!
In this episode, Dana shares a powerful personal story about how she began tackling the clutter problem in her life… even before she was diagnosed with ADHD.
More importantly: we talked about ADHD-friendly ways to reduce clutter. This is an episode you can’t afford to miss!
Then after you tune in and are inspired to declutter your home and office, check out:
- Episode 53: Crack Your Clutter Conundrum
- Dana’s Blog: The Joys of Living Clutter-Free
- Dana’s Blog: Organizing ADHD Clutter – Habits Matter
- Clutter Free with ADHD eCourse
- Dana’s Blog: Secret to Getting Rid of Clutter for Good
- Dana’s Blog: Ready to Clear ADHD Paper Clutter?
Last night, I decided to start organizing the mess that had accumulated in one room of my art studio. I had been side-eyeing this catastrophe for weeks (months? IDK) but found that elusive “right moment” AND was able to pull the “right thread” to get the mess unraveled. The first thing I realized was that the clutter was not quite as daunting as it appeared and after just a few minutes, I had made a huge dent in the job. However, the second realization came after about an hour or so, when the clutter was nearly vanquished and found the strange feeling in my head: peace. It was like someone turned off the noisy vent fan over the stove in my brain. I knew that the mess had been frustrating me when I saw it, but I had NO idea that part of the constant buzz in my thinking had been caused by this lingering mess. I was able to go back in this morning and sift through the boxes, bins and bags that I had stashed all of the pieces of my work in (screws, brackets, brushes, tools, etc) and start putting them back in the places where they belong.
I’ve known for a while that my clutter was counter-productive, but I don’t think I realized the psychic strain that it had put on me.
Thanks for signal boosting what was going on in my head with this episode. I await the next episode(s) to start learning more.