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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 Paperback – June 1, 2012
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How to Use this Book
This volume is divided into two distinct sections: Part I, “Organizing for the Disorganized,” outlines my ADHD-friendly organizing methodology, so you can apply it to your home, your schedule, and your life. It discusses the precepts and myths of good organization, and the reasons why some organizational strategies may be suitable for one individual with ADHD, while others are disastrous. Part II, “Individual Projects,” is arranged by room or project and consists of common, real-life organizing problems faced by my ADHD clients and the solutions to those problems. These have been limited to mostly small-scale organizing tasks that won’t overwhelm.
Once you have finished reading Part I, feel free to flip ahead and find an organizational project that suits your needs. With each project you complete, my hope is that you’ll have gained enough confidence in your organizing abilities to tackle yet another task until you’re well on your way to a happy, harmonious, and more organized life.
The Rules of Organizing
- Inventory (i.e., your “stuff”) must conform to storage. In the ADHD home especially, inventory MUST NOT fill storage.
- Make your things easy to access and easier to put away. In the ADHD home, ease of stowage takes precedence over ease of retrieval.
- Only touch (or sort) it once. For example, sort or toss mail as soon as you open it; don’t add it to a pile you’ll have to sort again later.
- Duplicate where necessary to store things where you use them.
- Eliminate items that unnecessarily duplicate functions (e.g., handpowered can opener or electric can opener, not both).
- Name your cabinets and shelves (dish cabinet, sock drawer, etc.) to remind yourself that only those items are stored therein.
- Make sure the “rough storage” areas in your home are well lit and easily accessible.
Here are some of the tricks that make this an ADHD-friendly work space:
- Stationery essentials fit together in one drawer—it’s inefficient to both manage a large inventory and wander the house hunting down supplies.
- Retractable pens eliminate the distraction of playing with caps.
- Randomly colored folders (not to be confused with color-coded folders) act as a quick visual reminder for finding papers.
- Stackable trays allow you to file without opening a drawer and hunting down a folder.
- A handy wastebasket encourages you to throw out garbage the minute you are done with it.
- A deep recycling basket encourages you to throw out those questionable papers that might be garbage, because you know you can retrieve them anytime over the several months it takes to fill the bin up.
- No decorative items clutter the desktop where they would ambush efficiency. The space is attractive because is it functional and organized. Attractive wall colors, nice furniture, and wall hangings provide aesthetic appeal without ambushing efficiency.
About the Author
Susan C. Pinsky is a top professional organizer and author of Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD and The Fast-and-Furious 5 Step Organizing Solution. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), as well as NAPO New England. She lives in Acton, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children. You can find her online at www.organizationallyours.com.
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Theory is nice, but I'm tired of wasting my time reading literally dozens of books over the past 15 months that explain why I'm like I am (I have ADHD) but that don't provide practical, actionable things that I can do to get around my ADHD roadblocks.
This one of the two books that I keep referring back to (the other is Your Life Can Be Better, using strategies for ADD/ADHD by Douglas Puryear--just one tip in Puryear's book has saved me about 100 hours this year). And, as I said, Pinsky's is the ONLY useful book I've read about how to handle paperwork & office organization, which is the bane of my existence. For a year I went with an intermediate version of her "filing" strategy and put my paperwork in monthly folders. I was just afraid that I'd lose something, as I always had in the past. I've since gone with the basket strategy, and it's working just fine. Try it--come over to the Dark Side...you'll never go back to (not) filing/stacking your papers everywhere because you are loathe to file them, again!
No, the author doesn't have ADHD, but she totally gets us. I've implemented many of her suggestions, and I keep referring back to the book and implementing more. It's almost too much to digest at once. (Puryear's book is like that, too.)
Yes, she tells us to toss a lot of crap, but when you think about it, we really need to anyhow. Purging really helps with clutter, distractions & the stress caused by all of our "stuff."
She has some of the most useful tips for those of us suffering from ADD/ADHD that I've read. I can't say enough good things about this book.
Pinsky begins the book by demonstrating her understanding of ADHDers' difficulties using traditional organizational methods. And the book has a conversational, easy-to-read tone of voice and uses strategically-placed boldfacing & yellow post-it note style callouts to make the main points stand out. The book shows right away that it was created with ADHD in mind.
The book primarily focuses on an organizational philosophy of easy implementation & easy upkeep. The content may mostly be specific solutions, but the solutions aren't the POINT of the book. They're just demonstrative examples, and many of them are good ideas that I hadn't thought of, or had written off as ugly or just too guilt-inducing.
Not only does Pinsky prioritize efficiency, but she basically defines efficiency as "what works for you already" rather than "the most efficient system as long as you do it correctly" the way some books do. Most of the organizational solutions she presents are intended to blend in with the way we already move naturally through our day (the book gets 4 stars instead of 5 because of a few small lapses of judgment where she seems to forget this), while most books and systems demand the creation of new habits. This book isn't about beautifying your home or rearranging your life. It's about maximizing the USABILITY of your home by making everything easy to find and - most vitally - easy to put away. Because rearranging your house and upending your life & schedule is just not sustainable, as many of us with ADHD know.
She does include some seemingly-counterintuitive tips - like reducing your number of tupperware containers to JUST enough for each member of the family - in order to force some new habits (this, for instance, would keep you from neglecting leftovers & force you to do dishes more often). She understands that will power won't make these habits happen, we have to make it easier to stumble into these habits than to do anything else.
It's true, however, that not every solution in the book will work for everyone. Certainly not every solution presented worked for me (I could NEVER get rid of my CDs) but for me it did such a good job of explaining its philosophy of efficiency that I was able to reframe the general overarching lessons into the context of my life, my stuff, and my priorities. If you read this with the idea of "I won't necessarily take the SOLUTIONS literally, but I'll use them as a way to understand the PHILOSOPHY," then that's how you'll get the most out of it.
My mother has teased my inability to put lids back on containers for pretty much my entire life, and this book suggests open-top, lowered-front bins so I can literally just toss things into them from across the room. Once you come across a solution like that, one that speaks to you personally, you know you've found YOUR organization book. And even with its imperfections, for me, nothing has come close to the usefulness of this one.
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There are also a few sexist assumptions (for example, suggesting that women might need more space to store their clothing than men) and it also appears to be aimed at slightly older audiences, as she presents problems I've rarely heard people under the age of 40 have, such as too many CDs.
Sometimes the author's tone can be a little patronising, too.
HOWEVER. Setting all of that aside, this is a good book. The first section is dedicated to discussing how ADHD can affect your approach to chores and managing the house, which I found enlightening. The second section is divided into rooms of the house and specific problems are presented (e.g. "my dirty dishes always pile up") with solutions. These solutions are concrete, with example photographs, so you can immediately implement the ideas that suit you. You can also skip past the parts that don't apply to you.
I have already made a few changes to my house following the guidance of this book. I don't feel that every idea is relevant to me, and I think £6 was a bit much to pay for the e-book version, but I still got a fair bit from my purchase.
This book explains the whys to your behaviour and then the great simple solutions. Simple easy to read and straight the point . Excellent book
This book just changed my life on how to help stay organized as easy as possible
Be warned. The author flat out states you can have a decorated home or a functional clean home. The two do not meet in the middle what so ever
With a 10 year old who has ADHD my number one priority is equipping him to succeed. His ability to cope and succeed far outweighs any need to have the "pretty decorated house"
I can't recommend this book enough
I give it 10 out of 5 stars for helping simplify our lives AND help me understand my son's struggles to do his best
with Julie Morgenstern's "Organizing From The Inside-Out",
AND "The 1% Rule" ( black cover, atm... )
AND "Worry-Free Money"
AND Halvorson's "The 8 Motivational Challenges"
AND the Alliegiance Map
( Gottman calls it a "Love Map", which is delusional:
if one uses it at work, to make workplace work right,
is that romantic love, or instead Humanistic Strategic Sanity? )
...that is in "The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work".
You may benefit, as my life has
( autistic, former-schizophrenic,
heavily brain-damaged several times & ways,
former years-homeless old person ),
from the single most-important book in all mental health:
"Nutrient Power" which stands on the 30 000 patient database
of researcher William J. Walsh.
IF YOU HAVE AN AUTISTIC CHILD,
PLEASE read that book ASAP!
Treatment is possible, IF begun early enough.
( PS: the gene-activation creating autism
happens before 1 month after conception.
The different brain-structure of us proves it.
*Causing* autism is distinct from
as evidence sugfests brain-inflammation can do,
whether caused by live infection
or by a stack of denatured pathogens in vaccination..
*EITHER* can create a bit of brain-inflammation, which, for someone at the edge of breaking,
beneath the crushing-force of it,
can put one over the Tipping Point.
Treat the actual-condition,
not distort our lives for ideology:
it costs us our lives, dammit!
I am autistic, & you aren't likely to have studied the issue the autistic way I have,
you normals socialize, instead, right?
We are bulldozers.
When they discontinued the mercury from California's vaccinations,
because thst supposedly was the "cause",
the rate *kept climbing*, evidence falsifying the claim.
Anti-vaxxers have autistic children who weren't vaccinated,
do they accept Evidence's speech that Universe is disobeying their Ideology?
No? Never Ever?
Maybe you can see why I'm bitter:
treatment exists, but successful treatment of ANY condition
*requires* respecting & accepting evidence! )
ALL opinions expressed in this review are mine, alone.
Have your own opinions,
not other-people's, ok?
Salut, Namaste, & Kaizen!
I am constantly conflicted with the WANT to be organized that is required in my busy life as a single parent and professional life as a military officer. This ebook provides easy room by room tips that I can easily refer back to on my iPad anytime I want.
The introductory chapter was especially helpful as it provided background and simple explanations on the challenges of being organized for persons with ADHD .
It was a particular eye opener reading about the downfalls of the current “beauty” of being organized that is popularized by media and how it usually contradicts the practicality of being organized for someone with ADHD that is needed for long term success and not always as “beautiful”.
If you have ADHD, have a family member that has it (or might) or even if you work as a professional organizer, then I highly recommend this book!
Was mir noch geholfen hat: jedes Teil das Stauraum wegnimmt ist teuer. Wenn es 1 Jahr nicht gebraucht wurde ist es in Verhältnis zu seinem Nutzen wahrscheinlich zu teuer und gehört weggeschmissen. Ich hab angestossen durch das Buch einiges an altem Zeug weggehauen.
Fazit: Lesen lohnt. Im Buch sind viele gute Ideen die mich inspiriert haben.