Take Control of your Clutter
Four tips to take control of your clutter from some of our favorite authors.
- Admit that something is wrong. I love the section of Dr. Ari Tuckman’s book More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD titled “You Can’t Control What You Don’t Accept”. It’s a strong message and an appropriate starting point for anyone hoping to change their life.
- a. It’s as if admitting to anything will somehow make things worse, as if it would add insult to the injury of their daily struggles. Of course, it’s the obvious struggles that are the real problem, not the label of ADHD. The disorganization and forgetfulness are far more damning and lead to far more criticism than admitting to themselves that they have a treatable condition. (Tuckman, pg. 199)
- Work with your natural learning style. Judith Kolberg tackles this tip in her book Conquering Chronic Disorganization.
- Because Organizing, like reading, is a learned activity, it reflects our learning style… Show me a person who tries to use organizing systems that are incompatible with her learning style, and I’ll show you a person who is chronically disorganized. (Kolberg, pg. 43)
- Connect your body and your mind to reach your goals. Authors Roland Rotz and Sarah Wright remind us of this in their book Fidget to Focus – Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD.
- Movement is one of our most effective strategies. Many people have noticed how standing, walking, or running can make a huge difference in their ability to attend, even after the activity has stopped. (Rotz and Wright, pg. 53)
- Quit the habit of all or nothing. Lee Silber has unique approaches to everyday struggles in his book Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain: A Creative Approach to Getting Organized. He cautions the right-brainers from falling into the all or nothing trap. He writes about his experience with organizing projects in a way I think all of us can relate to.
- If I didn’t break the project down into bite-sized morsels, I would, by nature, try to shove the whole thing down my throat and choke on it – or I wouldn’t even nibble on it out of fear… Take that energy and enthusiasm you have when you first decide to do something and focus it on an organizing project that you have the time to tackle in one sitting. Instead of trying to rearrange the whole closet, take on one shelf or one bar at a time. (Silber, pg. 13)