My Name is Patty and I Have ADHD: This is My Story

Ducks in a Row

My name is Patty and I have self-diagnosed ADHD.  My budget and health insurance never allowed me the opportunity to go for an official diagnosis.  Recently I’ve thought about going anyway but decided it would be a waste of time and money since I know without a doubt that I have it.  An official diagnosis would be nice but isn’t necessary. In case you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, it’s … [Read more...]

How to Process Mail

Mailbox

Some people love mail and some hate it.  Some check their mail box as soon as the mailman comes and some check it whenever they get around to it.  Of course, these days there’s not as much mail as there used to be.  But piles of mail can still be a problem unless you have a method to deal with it. Here are two ideas for dealing with mail: Option 1: Process it daily, as soon as you take it … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ideas to Solve Problems/Irritations

Light Bulbs

It’s funny how often we deal with the same inconveniences over and over when they could SO easily be solved with just a small change. Here are four examples from my own life: 1.       Clothespins.  We have a small box of clothespins in the wrap drawer in the kitchen.  We use them ALL the time!  But for some reason, we put the box at the BACK of the drawer where they were hard to reach.  David … [Read more...]

HELP ME Organize My Digital Photos

digital camera

Digital photography changed everything as far as how we take, print and store photos.  When I first started taking pictures, I put them all in albums – nothing fancy - just slapped them in there.  You know – those magnetic photo albums? Then I tried my hand at a very simple version of scrap booking.  That was NOT for me.  I gave it a shot but quickly discovered I didn’t have the time, money … [Read more...]

Creative Toy Organizing

Toys

Keep in mind that I’m not one of those super organized people with a house that looks like the ones in the magazines.  I am organizationally challenged and I do the best I can with what I have.  But also like my house to be clean and clutter free. So toys present a problem.  Toys do not lend themselves well to clean and clutter free.  Of course, I didn’t realize that at this stage in my life I … [Read more...]

Another 10 ADHD/ADD Organizing Strategies That Work For Everyone

ADHD

1.       If you need to send something home with someone, as soon as you think of it, set it out where they won’t forget it.  Or put a post-it note reminder on the door they’ll be going through.  If you wait until they’re leaving, you’ll most likely forget. 2.       When you think of something you need to tell someone, don’t rely on your memory.  Write it down on your to-do list!  My daughter … [Read more...]

6 Questions to Consider When Organizing a Space

Organized Pantry

I don’t mind cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, making a grocery list or running errands, but please don’t ask me to organize a space in my house. I am NOT good at organizing and I don’t enjoy doing it.  It actually stresses me out to look at an empty closet or cabinet and know I have to figure out how to arrange it.  It’s a little easier if I’m just moving things around, but I still don’t enjoy … [Read more...]