Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder

Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder

Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of your Life and Get Organized

Book - 2006
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ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, are prevalent in society today, afflicting about 4.4% of the adult population, which is over 13 million Americans. Four out of every five adults do not even know they are ADD, and while it is often difficult to differentiate adults with true ADD from adults who are merely forgetful and disorganized, Organizing Solutions for People with ADD outlines new organizing strategies that will be of value to anyone who wants to improve their organizational, or lack of, skills in their life. The chapters consist of practical organizing solutions for ADD at Work ; prioritizing, time management, and organizing documents, ADD at Home ; paying bills on time, de-cluttering your house, scheduling and keeping appointments, ADD with Kids ; driving them to various activities, grocery shopping and meals, laundry, babysitters, organizing drawers and closets, and ADD and You ; organizing time for your social life, gym, and various other hobbies and activities. Color photographs that capture the short attention span of the reader are featured throughout, as well as sidebars and testimonials from adults with ADD, providing numerous organizational tips, such as, the importance of dividing time into minutes or moments, task completion, how to avoid procrastination, asking for help, and how not to be a packrat.
Publisher: Gloucester, MA : Fair Winds Press, 2006
ISBN: 9781592332342
Branch Call Number: ANF 618.928589 PIN
ANF 618.928589 PIN
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm


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Jan 03, 2020

Perhaps this book is worth reading if you're part of the author's target audience. I have ADHD but did not find the information presented to be applicable to my modest, single story home.

The home the author pictures their 1990s housewife target audience owning is clearly a huge McMansion, with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, floors, and tons of storage.

Plus, the hetero normative and wealth assumptions are so offensive to be comical. There's a general theme of, "Just buy less stuff and then you can afford to use a cleaning service and not have to worry about anything!" Talk about being out of touch with the realities lived by the majority of the population!

For a more practical, accessible guide to organizing and cleaning, I highly recommend "Unf*ck Your Habitat." It's more useful and addresses neurodiversity and being differently abled in a much more sensitive manner, and one I found much more applicable to my life and the olives of most others I know.

But hey, if you're lucky enough to have a 3 car garage, a basement with tons of storage space, and issues organizing your collection of rare china, this book might be the one you've been looking for.

Oct 03, 2019

Although updated in 2012 - the advice is pretty dated in 2019. Well meaning - but author ascribes to a heteronormative/married lifestyle throughout - which is annoying.

May 13, 2019

Advice relies on a lot of assumptions about wealth and access (among other things). If you're poor/working class, live in an apartment, and/or don't have a car, a lot of the suggestions may not be very helpful.

lovebombki Mar 31, 2018

An amazing resource, filled with photos and ideas that I have never heard anywhere else. The temporary paper toss bin alone was worth the price of the book. (I purchased it after borrowing it from the library.) Other advice, like how to keep your pots organized in the cabinets, were not intuitive to me. But they are life changing!

While I have no ADHD diagnosis, this book helped explain several of my quirks - like only buying 1 pair of shoes and socks, over and over - and I am so grateful for it! It is also enlightening to learn why other techniques just don’t work for me.

Definitely pick this up if you have always struggled with keeping everything simple and clean. Whether you have ADHD or not, you will feel better after implementing a few of these ideas.

Jun 09, 2014

It's rare - even in the field of ADHD books - for an author to understand that if a solution is too complex or time-consuming, an ADHD patient won't use it.

This is one of the few books that offers solutions that are simple and practical enough to be useful and make a difference.

JCLLisaJ Apr 10, 2013

Author Pinsky brings to this topic real life experience. She is not only a professional organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), but she is also a parent of a child with ADD. These two roles converged and lead to the creation of simplified organizational systems that were responsive to the specific needs of the individual with ADD. Pinsky has divided the book into two sections. The first explains the organizational methods she uses and which can be applied by the reader to any aspect of their life. The second targets specific areas, rooms, or events that are common to most everyone and typically present a challenge to organize and keep organized. The author uses an abundance of color photographs showing before and after pictures. She also uses yellow “sticky” notes to highlight tips for organization. Pinsky’s organizational philosophy can apply to everyone not just those with ADD. This book is easy to read and the pictures make it easy to see what organization looks like.

Mar 20, 2012

I know most of this already. Didn't help me but then I'm closer to death than birth so maybe I should know this all by now.

Note to authors: When writing for the adult with ADD try shortening your book by 100 pages put sentances in bullet form and have alot (think lots then double it) of pictures. Make sure the pictures are relevant not pictures of some perfect table with ridiculous plants that take up 1/3 of that table on the table...

Jun 17, 2011

If you have ADD or ADHD, or you are not sure, this book is for you. Very simple and practical.

May 24, 2010

Ironically, I lost this book. I'm sure I wasn't the first.

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