Organizing With ADD/ADHD

Organizing With ADD/ADHD

Organizing With ADD/ADHD

by Valorie McGilvra

Summer is just around the corner. In fact, you’re probably already planning your family vacation, kid camps, and home projects. We try to fit so much into a short amount of time, don’t we? We set unrealistic time frames then beat ourselves up when we can’t get it all done. On top of that, if you have Attention-Deficit Disorder like me, you will start everything on your list and finish none. Before we know it, it’s back to school time! So, why is this summer going to be any different from the last 16?

Because I know now that all of these things I do or don’t do are not just bad habits or character flaws. I’ve read and studied how people with ADD/ADHD have underdeveloped prefrontal lobes. Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember, and juggle multiple tasks. To read more about the ADD brain go to the Harvard website below.

So in my quest to become more organized, I’ve found some very helpful tips I want to share with you that will help you create a plan for a productive, stress-free summer.

Organizational Strategy Tips:

  • Designate a home for every item
  • Break down large tasks into smaller steps
  • Take pictures of your child’s room when different areas are organized and post the pictures so that when the child is organizing that area, they know what it should look like when they are done
  • Create a checklist with your child
  • Set up a command center
  • Every family member should have their own assigned color and landing pad (a place to put their belongings that they will need to grab and go in the morning and drop off when they return home)
  • Pinterest and Google images have many ideas to accommodate your living space
  • Set up centers to hold similar items and supplies needed to complete a particular task
  • The items for each center can be placed in any available mobile container, including baskets, tackle boxes, buckets, and carts on wheels. This will save time because all of the supplies needed to complete a project will be in one place.

I hope some of these tips help! To learn more great organizational tips go to and for helping with ADHD try

Have a wonderful summer!

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