Tips of the Season
October - December 2015
15 Organizing Tips for Your ADHD Family
Fall is a time for fresh starts. It’s the “second New Year” each year as we have a fresh start with back to school in the fall. We also get back to routines and prepare for holidays coming up soon. Choose one or several of these tips to start the fall off freshly with you and your family. If your family has members who are ADHD, these tips can be especially helpful to create organization and encourage productivity for all of you.
- Apply the ONE in, TWO out rule. By taking TWO items out, you are gaining on clutter build up.
- Labeling helps everyone put away stuff. Label kids drawers, pantry, or anywhere for items to be put back.
- Set dates to organize. Write in your calendar a one – two hour time, every other week or once a month, you are going to organize. It keeps you committed to your goal.
- Create a well suited work environment. A less distracting environment is one with less clutter, optimal auditory stimulation and attractive for you. Decide what is not working in your space and spend time crafting an improved place to work.
- Create and set up reminders that work for you. If you are highly visual, use a dry erase board and sticky notes on a window. If you are highly auditory, set alarms on your phone.
- Use one hour power periods to accomplish your work. Set a power period at your high energy time to get the most out of your time.
- Partner with your kids to use their planners. The planner should be the one spot all assignments are written so that nothing slips through the cracks. Go online to websites, have your kids write in assignments from the class room and consolidate all assignments here.
- Set up a homework routine with your kids. Start early, like 4 -5 pm, for homework time. Establish a “get started procedure” like setting up the planner and books on the table. Homework time ends when all items are back in the back pack and by the door.
- Use apps that make learning fun. Quizlet, StudyBlue, Free Audio Books and MindMeister make it easier to digest and incorporate new concepts and vocabulary.
- Declutter with your kids twice a year, before birthday and holidays. Its a reset in their rooms so that they keep decluttered. Work for at least 15 minutes with them, and then continue without them.
- Cherish your kids artwork with an art gallery or art book. Collect the art together for 2 weeks in a bin. Have your child choose what to display. Establish a gallery with frames or string and clothespins. Take photos of the artwork and create a photo book with it.
- Help your kids distinguish treasures. Set up a box or bin for them to keep their treasures in their closet. When the box is full, it’s time to prioritize what is a treasure and what can be let go.
Wellness and Self Care
- Everyone needs a good bed time. Start earlier than you think by getting ready ahead of time. No blue light for 60 minutes before bed. Be in bed 30 minutes ahead. Set the temperature cooler in your bedroom.
- Get out in green space. Take a short walk, do a little meditation, and spend a little time outdoors exercising. It’s what is best for focus and clarity. Daily exercise helps you be more productive.
- Do something fun. More times than not my clients share that they have no time for what they love. Spend time being crafty, reading a magazine and doing something for YOU each week.
Begin this new season by incorporating one or two tips for yourself. Talk about these tips at a family meeting and decide on one tip to work on together as a family. Fall is the perfect time to renew and reset with small ways to be more organized and productive.
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