It is not uncommon for someone with ADHD to be overwhelmed by a lack of organization of their space and poor time management skills. At some time, it may be necessary to call in an organizer.
Traditional organizing techniques, however, often need to be adjusted when working with clients with ADHD. Most of us know what to do, but struggle to initiate action, evaluate the importance of our stuff and begin to de-clutter our space.
Organizing what is left so you can find it later is problematic and keeping everything in its place an on-going chore. You'll need to develop and refine new organizing systems. Maintaining your organized environment will probably not come naturally. Creating new habits takes time and you may need additional help to keep things up. Remember, the goal is NOT perfection. Getting through the day with less frustration and being able to accomplish your work more efficiently is good enough.
Hoarding issues signal a need for specialized treatment, requiring both therapy and a highly skilled organizer. See IOCDF Hoarding Center for several different tests for hoarding or Institute for Challenging Disorganization for an assessment evaluation tool.
Choose your organizer carefully and move on if you are feeling judged or shamed. Most organizers have worked with ADHD clients. Some have developed successful techniques that work with our wiring or even pursued specialized training in chronic disorganization. Some organizers, however, may be unwilling or need training to work according to your needs.
Another problem with finding a suitable organizer is that most work locally. You may need to let your fingers do the walking in your local Yellow Pages under organizers. Also try a Google or Bing search.
ADHD Directories Many directories will list at least professional organizers with ADHD experience.
National Association of Professional Organizers
Institute for Chronic Disorganization provides information and training for ADHD and hoarding issues and maintains a List of Graduates.
Online Organizing.com has very specific search choices. Scroll down to "Area of Specialization" to find ADHD. Note: They charge the organizer a fee for each referral, so if you can, you might want to look up your choices online.
Find My Organizer - No search for ADHD, but most listings will tell you if they specialize in ADHD issues and covers most states.
Clutterless.org maintains a select listing in a few areas. It treats cluttering as a psychological issue. If you consider yourself ADDish rather than having ADHD, this website may help.
Free Fact Sheets for the general public on a wide variety of issues concerning disorganization. Includes: Time Management, Overcoming Procrastination, Readiness for Change, Should I Work with an Organizer or a Friend and more!
Institute for Challenging Disorganization offers specialized information for Professional Organizers. Fact Sheets, Reading Recommendations, Family Organization Modules and more. They also provide training and certification for helping clients with Chronic Disorganization.
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