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56PRE-SORT DIRT Y LAUNDRY. Install hanging canvas baskets
in your closet to sort clothes as you take
them off. One basket for “blacks and
dark colors,” one for “whites,” and one
for “gentle cycle.” Laundry day will be
less of a hassle.
57USE A KE Y HOOK. An inexpen- sive key hook next to the garage
door keeps all your keys in one place.
Label each hook, attach a unique key
fob to each key, and the days of hunting
for your keys are over.
58BACK UP YOUR ESSENTIALS. It is frustrating to run out of an
essential (shampoo or
when you’re in a
hurry. Store a
backup set of
this stuff in the
closet, or attic.
60AUTO-PAY THE BILLS. It takes time to input
the account numbers, but let your
bank do the paying, automatically. Late payments and bank
fees will be a thing of the past.
61WHEN YOU NEED TO WRITE A
CHECK. Top stub checks are
great for ADHD; the payee and
check amount are easily seen.
These checks are harder to find,
but worth the extra expense.
Stay away from fancy designs on
your checks; they can be
distracting to the ADHD brain.
62CORRAL RECEIPTS. Keep a “Receipts”
folder on your desk to capture
all the tiny pieces of paper. If you
need to return something, you
can find the proof of purchase
quickly and easily.
63COLOR-CODE FINANCIAL FOLDERS.
Red for expenses, green for pay
stubs and income, blue for char-
ity, and yellow for taxes. Keep the
same system year in and year out.
If you add colors, print out a leg-
end and post it on the side of the
file drawer, so you can remember.
47SMILE! Use your smart- phone to take photos
of where you’ve parked and gift
ideas you get while shopping,
to keep a record of everyone’s
medications, and so on.
48HOMEROUTINES ($4.99). Schedule routines and chores for the entire
family—from general tasks to
specific activities—with this
49PZIZZ (FREE; $4.99 FOR THE FULL VER-
SION). When you get wound up,
this app will put you into a deep
meditative state. Many people
diagnosed with ADHD s wear by
it for helping them fall asleep.
50EPICWIN ($1.99). Got kids who hate doing
chores? Turn their (or your)
to-do list into a game. Just pick a
character and go.
51REMEMBER THE MILK (FREE; $39.99 FOR A
PRO SUBSCRIP TION). This
effective reminder system sends
you emails and texts in case you
forget a task or appointment.
52TRY A STEP TRACKER. Exercise builds brain
connections, so invest in a Fitbit
Blaze, which tracks steps, sleep,
and heart rate. It also functions
as a watch, so you’ll be on time
53SYNC YOUR TASKS ELECTRONICALLY.
Rely on your calendar app, which
syncs with the rest of your electronic devices—phone, computer, iPad, and so on. Create
appointments,” “Personal time,”
of course, so your ADHD brain
doesn’t miss them.
541PASSWORD ($3.99). If you tend to forget your
computer passwords, use secure
pass word software to store all of
them—and call them up instantly
on any device.
55MULTIPLE CHARGING STATIONS. Make sure
all of your devices are never
short on battery life by buying
plug-in chargers for the bedroom, kitchen, home office, and,
of course, the car.
Essentials Money, Money, Money
Apps and Electronic Gadgets
DUPLICATE KITCHEN UTENSILS.
Equip your kitchen with duplicates
of almost every cooking utensil:
measuring cups, measuring spoons,
spatulas. You won’t have to stop
in the middle of cooking
to do dishes.