1CLICK! Can’t part with something? Too sentimental? Take a photo of that
first-grade art project or Aunt Jen’s moth-eaten tablecloth you inherited. File the
photo and toss the item.
2GET RID OF I T! Do you really need 10 shades of lipstick? Five Disney
3TAME THE PAPER MONSTER. Stop paper clutter before it enters
your house: unsubscribe from magazines
and non-essential newspapers. Pay bills
online and cancel paper bank statements.
4LABEL EVERY THING. Stop using pre- cious brain cells to remember minutiae.
Instead, label drawers, light switches,
laundry baskets, and refrigerator shelves
with important information.
5FIND YOUR GLASSES. Reading lasses fit neatly into cardboard pencil
holders (divided into four squares). One
holder keeps four pairs perfectly!
6MARK YOUR PLACE. If you get interrupted while sorting
papers, jot a clue as to
what comes next on a
7RECYCLE THE EASY WAY.
Sort the mail every day,
next to the recycling bin.
Staple together multiple
sheets of bills or letters, so
they don’t get lost.
IPS AND TRICKS WON’T “CURE” ADHD, BUT SOME FRESH INSIGHT AND
ideas can shore up our sagging self-esteem when we forget to buy
orange juice at the store (for the third time), re-wash wet sheets
that have turned sour in the machine, and stumble over piles of “stuff.”
Between the two of us, we’ve had every ADHD woman’s catastrophe imagin-
able, and we’ve survived. After failing miserably at tasks that should be easy,
we stepped back, took stock of our lives, our relationships, and our ADHD and
came up with strategies that work for us.
Here are some of our favorites, a “peek behind the scenes” at two ADHD
women, if you will. These tips are tried and tested to work for our type of
brain! See what works for you and throw out what doesn’t.
Back BY TERRY MATLEN, ACSW, AND LINDA ROGGLI, PCC
Organization and Clutter Management
75 ROAD-TESTED TIPS;
signs of ADHD