A Fresh Look at Organizing
Repurposing is the name of the game these days – thanks, Pinterest! Organizing projects are not exempt from this newfound spark of creativity! Many times people avoid organizing projects because organization is viewed as a linear, left-brain activity. File management is all color-coded tabs, neat piles, and alphabetized everything! And while that sounds delightful to many of us, many more find it to be a restrictive method for organizing a house in a way that doesn’t fit their lifestyle or their approach to the world. Fear not! We at Organizing Maniacs know that everyone’s needs are different and so the organizing process needs to be fun, flexible, and at times out of the box. If you have a time management, garage, play room, or other organizing project that you’ve been avoiding, try looking at it from a completely different approach and see if you can find the inspiration to start, continue, or finish that project. Here are just a few examples of how you can take a mundane organizing task and make it something that you can be excited about.
In their incredibly helpful book, ADHD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau explain a variety of ways to approach organizing projects that are non-traditional and more appealing to the right-brained population. One of my favorite ideas for a bigger space such as a garage or a craft room is to set the entire room up as if it were a store. Sort items as you would find them on the shelves and move around the space in a way that lines up with your thought pattern as you approach projects in these spaces. Imagine your favorite store miniaturized and transported to your home. You can take this idea as far as you want and create fun labels for the sections, general signs, and maps for the layout. This is a big-picture approach to a job that could easily get overwhelming in the details. Keeping focused on the big outcome will help those with the more creative streak to get past the moments of boredom or fatigue.
Another of my favorite ideas from ADHD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life deals with paper. Kolberg and Nadeau suggest ditching traditional labels for files such as Insurance or Travel and naming them what you really think of them as. For examples they give “Why Can’t I Find This When I Need It?” and “When I Win the Lottery”. Remember, your files should match your needs, not someone else’s idea of what a file system should look like.
Finally, I love their idea of a 3D to-do list for time management and productivity. If a paper planner or an electronic app doesn’t work for you, don’t quit there. Kolberg and Nadeau suggest creating a system that has bulk to it, allows you to see all the dimensions to the tasks, and is tactile. Repurpose file folders, Legos, Post-It’s or any other item you feel could be a building block of your task management success.