- Break it down into small, manageable tasks instead of tackling everything at once. Set a timer/electronic assistant for 15-20 minutes at a time and focus on one area, drawer, or shelf. Take timed breaks between sessions.
- Categorize items as you go. Have bins or boxes ready to sort items into keep, donate/sell, trash, or relocate piles. This helps divide the clutter into action steps. If it looks better visually, it will be easier to tackle.
- Don’t aim for perfection. Progress, not perfection, is the goal. Getting rid of the obvious trash and donations is what matters.
- Try to reduce decisions. If you’re unsure about an item, create a “maybe” box to revisit later instead of wasting time deliberating. Put a “throw-away” date on it, and if you haven’t touched it before that date, throw it away.
- Involve someone else for motivation and accountability if you can. Ask a friend or family member to check in on your progress periodically.
- Focus on hot spots first. Target the most cluttered areas or the places you use most frequently.
- Take photos before and after tidying an area to see your progress and provide a sense of accomplishment visually. Announce to someone that you will be taking pictures and showing them to that person.
- Be mindful of ADHD symptoms. Work during times of day when you have more focus. Set alarms to stay on track. Have fidget items nearby to help with restlessness.
- Maintain the system by putting items back immediately after use. Set reminders to revisit problem areas. Develop routines and habits to prevent re-accumulation.
- Create your own tip and keep it going.
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Harold Robert Meyer 9/16/2023
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