Starting to Declutter

Clutter can be a huge issue for many people with Attention Deficit Disorder. There are probably 101 reasons as to why people with ADD have accumulated clutter but in this post I would like to focus on moving forward and starting to eliminate clutter. I’m sure many adults with ADD would like to begin decluttering but often get stuck on where to begin.

As an ADD Coach I have found that starting with 3 basic categories can be very helpful. In addition to having these 3 categories having 3 different Containers is even more helpful. The 3 categories are:

  • Throw Away
  • Donate
  • Keep

When stuck on where to begin just start sorting the "stuff" into these different containers. Having these containers in the specific room may also help prevent moving from room to room and getting distracted.

Tara McGillicuddy

ADD Coach

2 Comments

  • Douglas Cootey

    Reply Reply October 7, 2005

    Great suggestions. I definately have come to believe in point #1 as the best solution. Donating, point #2, is a great one as well. I used to have a point between donation and keeping. I would sell stuff on eBay. But over time eBay has become more complicated to list items, and after the internet bubble burst at the turn of the century the profit one makes from selling used items doesn’t compensate for time spent on listing and packaging and shipping the items. In fact, I discovered that selling on eBay had become a distraction all of its own! LOL I thought I was being frugal, but the age old adage applies: Time is Money. My time was more valuable than I had realized. I wasn’t being frugal at all. Now I just give stuff away.

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  • Douglas Cootey

    Reply Reply October 8, 2005

    Tara,

    I used this blog entry as a launching pad for an entry of my own. http://thesplinteredmind.blogspot.com/2005/10/adhd-managing-clutter.html.

    I’m still surprised how similar our methods for dealing with clutter are, but then they are the best solutions to the problem so I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised we arrived to the same conclusions.

    Got any good tips on how to prevent clutter? 🙂

    ~Douglas

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