ADHD and Organization

I’m 33 and am only now finally getting a handle on how to keep myself organized. Am I perfect at it? Not even close. In fact the other day I bounced a check and paid a $35 returned check fee. Yikes. But I’m getting better and better and each time I make an error like that I have the space in my life to fix it so that I don’t allow that to happen again. In fact, I’d like to talk about this “space” concept in more depth.

Feeling inadequate in any area of your life can lead you to buy things to fill that void. Boy oh boy did I do that. For years I pressured my husband to buy a bigger house because surely, not having enough storage space in our 1300sqft home was our biggest problem. Not the fact that we were storing all kinds of stuff we didn’t need.

I wish I had a better sense of the timeline of my decluttering process but if I had to guess I’d say I started about a year ago. Once my twins were 3, and in preschool two days a week, I had some more time to reflect on my home and really got cracking on making it into a livable home for my family.

If my experience can help anybody struggling with ADHD in keeping their home clean or their life more streamlined then sharing my story will be worth it. For so long I have held the ADHD badge in shame. No longer.

Guest Bath Update

Over the Fourth of July weekend we made a trip to our local Target to pick up some much needed things. We happened by the wall decor section and I saw this beauty.

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Instantly I pictured it over the toilet in our kids/guest bathroom. After living in this house 5 years, we had never been able to find the right shelving for that spot. By now I have memorized the ideal width of a shelf for that space (18″). The width of this piece? 19″! It was perfect!

Of course we couldn’t wait any longer and had it hung and decorated that same evening!

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I’m really excited about how it turned out. It isn’t giving us a ton of extra storage but that is just fine. Our goal is to minimize, not just create space to stash more stuff.

Erin Condren Review

After a year and a half without an Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP for short), I gave into temptation and purchased the newest edition that was released on June 12th. The demand for these is through the roof right now. People who waited just a few days to order are finding they have to wait weeks just to see their ECLP status move to “printing”! This makes me super glad I ordered on June 12th. I had been using a Filofax but quite frankly it just wasn’t working for me. I really enjoyed using my Erin Condren in 2013 and with the adjustments the company has made, I thought it was worthwhile to try it again.

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I’ve finally put all the parts into place, in just the way I like them and I wanted to post a nice long detailed review.

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I went all out this time for the Foil Platinum planner. It comes with this pretty little elastic band to keep the planner together. I’m glad it comes automatically with the foil planners because I wasn’t about to shell out $6.95 for a set of 3 of these.

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Each planner comes with a pouch in the back. Erin Condren Design claims you can easily move the pouch to the front by removing the front and back covers and moving it to the front. I did not find this to be the case. Instead I took the cover from my old planner, cut each hole and placed it in my new planner. I think if I tugged at it hard enough, it would probably come out pretty easily but otherwise it works well. I also plan to make use of the ruler from my old ECLP in some way.

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The foil planners come with this first velum fly leaf page with the metallic party pops. It’s so simple but I just love this addition!

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This is the very first week in the planner. I’m a minimalist when it comes to my planner although I did decorate a bit for the Fourth of July.

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Since this weekly spread was already scribbled on, I wanted to show an untouched weekly spread.

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Also, here is an untouched monthly spread. Honestly, I very rarely use these spreads, I’m trying to think of a way to make better use of them! Perhaps I’ll utilize it for my workouts, etc.

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One of the additions EC made that I’m really excited about, is putting a tab on the Notes section. Last time I had to make my own with post-it flags. I am using this section for bill pay records, FlyLady schedules and other things.

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The Keep It Together pocket was improved upon also, they increased the height of the side that attaches to the coil to keep the pocket intact longer.

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Of course, here, at the end is the plastic pouch thats included with the planner. I plan to take these stickers out and use it for miscellaneous notes and business cards.

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I discovered thru an Erin Condren group on Facebook that Target carries a Merona purse that will hold the ECLP perfectly! When I was in Target the other day I ended up picking it up in gray. You can find the purse HERE.

If you’d like to purchase a life planner, or anything else from Erin Condren, use THIS link and get $10 off.

The Office: where to begin?

In our small home, we try to use each room to its full potential. When we first moved in we had plenty of space for our “crap”. Then of course we had children and we lost one of those storage spots. Eventually the twins became toddlers and we turned our guest room into their play room. So now our office is the last space they don’t have access to and it serves as the guest room, office, craft room and general catch all for the rest of the house.

Welcome to my nightmare.

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Our “office”

This room wears a lot of hats so to speak and my desire for it is that it did so without looking like a bomb went off in it every day.

My husbands job has morphed into one where he mostly works from home so since he spends 40+ hours a week in this room, I really want to make it an enjoyable place for him to be in. It is not currently that way.

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The “Guest Room”

My mom visits and stays the night relatively frequently and whenever she stays, I have to sort thru all the crap and find the guest bed somewhere under there. Don’t even get me started on all the stuff we store underneath the bed!

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The “Craft Room”

I love crafts although I rarely do them anymore. My craft storage has been whittled down to this one Expedit and the Raskog cart next to it. Don’t mind all those papers on the floor. That’s my to-be-shredded pile.

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The “Library” and other catch-all space

Since the kids get into everything, all our books have been shelved in here for the time being as we don’t want them torn apart page by page. So for now, this is our library and other random stuff including our vacuum and a step stool for the kitchen.

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Other random storage

In the back corner we have our CD storage since those can’t be stored out in the living room either.

I’m hoping by posting these pictures I will shame myself into getting this project started. We don’t all have picture perfect homes that are always clean and organized. We have lives and children and messes. Lots of messes in fact. Organizing is a process. Its a journey. Come along with me on this one and maybe we can all learn something!