AD/HD Organizing Manifesto

An organizational decalogue from Madelyn Griffith-Haynie’s blog, ADDandSoMuchMore.com:

  1. Organizing for the ADDer has more in common with organizing for the physically challenged than with organizing for the non-ADDer [yes, really]
  2. All organizing must take continued FOCUS into account first [i.e. what will aid attention to where things are?]
  3. For the ADDer, ease of storage is the primary concern [function over form]
  4. All organizing must be thought of with a systems focus [think flow]
  5. All organizing must take the usage by others into account [sharing = not good]
  6. DUPLICATION is the ADDer’s friend – especially for “in order to” items [a box of tissues in every room!]
  7. When organizing for the ADDer, everything must have a home and a vacation home [i.e. a kinesthetic place and a place that makes sense for everyone else]
  8. NOTHING spends the night outside—EVER! [the “hateful half hour” every night]
  9. You must make friends with “The Penicillin Principle” [don’t reinfect cleaned spaces]
  10. Life without a broom closet is no life at all [’nuff said]

 
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