For many people with Attention Deficit Disorder, life feels like a circus. There are the spinning plates twirling away on sticks. At the same time, there’s the task of juggling objects of different sizes. It’s just too much! Everything in life is moving, and it feels ready to spin out of control and into chaos. What is one thing that can be done to improve these negative symptoms of ADD? Clear the clutter.
Clutter is what impedes order. It is too many knick-knacks in the room. When your belongings are jumbled and disorganized, that is also clutter. Piles of paper and books sprawled across your domestic landscape are the type of thing that slowly, but surely, suck the motivation out of you. It’s that little itch, that irritant, which torments you at first, but becomes a low-level background stressor as time goes on. You must get that clutter out of your home!
What can you do? Here are some suggestions:
If you are environmentally conscious—Sell it or give it away!
*Sell articles on e-bay.
*Place the item on Craig’s List.
*Sell the objects at consignment shops.
*Give the items to a charity. Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Planet Aid take donations. If your local church has a “clothes closet,” contribute anything that you can.
*Send gently used items to nursing homes. Magazines are often welcome, too.
*Give toys that are in good condition to a church nursery, daycare, or a doctor’s office waiting room. Get in touch with a local charity to see if there are families who need those toys that must find new homes.
*Sell books to a used book store. You could also put them online, if you have a lot of books and some time to spend. If they are children’s books, find a teacher who could use some new books in the class library.
If you are not environmentally conscious, or if you are desperate to get rid of clutter—PITCH that stuff out!
You can do this a little de-cluttering at a time or get wild and crazy with a dumpster. Yes, call your local dumpster rental agent. Then, rent the largest one that you can afford. It needs to be at least half again larger than you think it should be. I speak from experience here! Don’t settle for less than the largest that you can afford; you will be strongly and sadly disappointed with anything less.
Make your plan. Will you do one room at a time? What about finding like items and getting rid of them as a group? How about a combo plan? Whatever you decide, you must be ruthless. Don’t overthink getting rid of items that are clutter. Of course there are things that will make you say, “They have to go,” but you just can’t bring yourself to throw these little treasures out. Have a box to place those items that you are emotionally attached to. After a couple of days, evaluate everything in the box. Don’t throw something out that you will regret losing. Hang onto it. If you want to throw it out, you can always toss it later. That being said, doesn’t give you permission to keep everything!
What is the greatest benefit to clearing the clutter? You simplify your life. When you have fewer possessions, there is less to take care of. It gives you the freedom to work on improving the negative symptoms of ADD without being distracted by a chaotic home.
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