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The symptoms of ADHD can mean that staying organised and managing time effectively are challenging for people with ADHD, and yet being organised and in control of our time means that we will feel less overwhelmed, less stressed, have fewer distractions, and have more time and energy to do the things we really want to do. And that’s why on this page we’re listing all the tips and strategies we’ve come across or that have been given to us. We’re not saying use them all, just pick the ones that seem most useful. And if there is something that you have found helpful, but it’s not listed here, please let us know about it, using the comments box at the bottom of this page.
1. Instead of trying to organise a whole room in one go, clear one corner, or one shelf, or one cupboard.
2. As you fill charity bags with unwanted items, take them out to your car so that they are ready to be taken to the charity shop and do this as soon as possible. In other words don’t leave the bags hanging around the house. Get rid of them while you are still motivated to do so. Likewise the same for bags of rubbish for the dump.
3. Bring a competitive element to decluttering tasks. Set a timer for 20 minutes and see how much you can clear in that time. Next time you do this see if you can get more done in 20 minutes. You can either compete with yourself or with others in the house.
4. Get help with decluttering and organising. Either employ the services of a professional declutterer or the help of a spouse, partner, or friend. If the latter, choose someone who is already organised, can make decisions, and is empathetic. You can find more information about professional declutterers from the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers UK (APDO UK)
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Review Date: 29/05/2013; Next review due: 29/05/2014