Simplify Your Household and ADD
Running a household takes a lot of time. There is just a lot to do. Develop a plan that works for you. With Attention Deficit Disorder, it is important to make a plan that suits your style. Make a daily to-do list. List everything that you want to do on a daily basis. These will be your morning and evening routines. Slide that little list into a plastic sheet protector and cross items off as you do them. Use a vis-à-vis pen. (The pen can go into the sheet protector when you aren't using it.) Make sure that you list those tasks that you might typically forget.
I hit the "caps lock" key and type my chore lists out in capital letters to save time. It looks weird, but it is easier.
Here is a sample list of morning and evening routines:
STANDING MEDITATION=15 MIN
CHECK GMAIL, FORUM-SPAM, YAHOO, WORK E-MAILS
GATHER CELL PHONE, WALLET, WORK BADGE, KEYS, WATER, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, SCHOOL SUPPLIES
PLAY WITH BIRDS
GET BIRD FOOD AND WATER
PLAY WITH CATS
WEEKLY CHORES ½ HOUR
MAKE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR THE NEXT DAY
DO LESSON PLAN WORK OR WRITE COLUMN
DISCUSS THE DAY WITH HUSBAND
CHECK GMAIL, FORUM-SPAM, YAHOO, WORK E-MAILS
Another list that you might make is a daily/weekly chore list. To begin with, just list those chores that you feel are important for your well-being. Add some time into your daily routine to do these chores. Will you have time to do everything? Maybe not! However, if you don’t do a necessary chore one week, make sure that you do it during the next week. My husband has chores that he thinks are important, and I have my list. We all take a piece of the household organization. Chore lists go into a plastic protector and chores are marked off as they are completed. When you do them a bit at a time, you don’t have to spend your whole weekend doing chores!
Here is a sample list of daily/weekly chores:
STRAIGHTEN LINEN CLOSET
WIPE DOWN STOVE
DUST TOP OF BUFFET
WIPE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF MICROWAVE
WIPE KITCHEN TABLE DOWN
LOAD VITAMIN/PILL CADDY
STRAIGHTEN BEDSIDE TABLE
CLEAN AROUND COMPUTER AND COMPUTER STAND
While you are organizing, work on your foods. Eating nutritious meals can take a lot of time, or if you organize, they can be almost as fast as eating out! Find a cookbook that you enjoy. We found one called Eat What You Love. These simple recipes are real food, not strange food that our family won't eat! Our family went through the cookbook and identified recipes that everybody would enjoy. We typically would have the necessary ingredients on hand to cook these meals. Other recipes with more expensive ingredients, we will save for special occasions. With a good recipe, anybody can cook a meal!
On the weekend we make a batch of soup for lunches and put it into individual containers. We also save time by making muffins that we use for breakfast and snacks. In a pinch, those muffins can be used as a basis for lunch, too.
Shed as much clutter as possible. I have a box that holds about two cubic feet of whatever I need to move out of my house. Every week I fill it up and move those items out. Some of the stuff goes to charity. Occasionally, I even throw things out!
We advertise electronics and other expensive items on Freecycle. Find your local Freecycle by looking on Google. People are happy to come by and take our discards off of our hands. At the end of a year’s time, I will have emptied a huge amount of clutter from my house. Doing this by filling a box a week makes it manageable.
Whole books have been written about organizing and simplifying our adult lives. This article should set your feet on the path to building a simpler life for yourself. A simpler life makes it easier to have a great life with ADD. Take these ideas and organize the parts of your life that take up your precious time. Use your ADD/ADHD problem solving skills, energy, creativity and style to build your simpler life.
Having the right materials around to get the job done is essential. I highly recommend this cookbook for developing simple meals. Nutrition facts are listed for each recipe. A link is below for your convenience.
Eat What You Love: More than 300 Incredible Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories
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