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Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,481 ratings  ·  219 reviews
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 diso ...more
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Published December 1st 2006 by Fair Winds Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I’m tired of reading books about ADHD written by authors who don’t have it, and this book is the perfect example of why I feel that way. The overall narrative of people with ADHD is incredibly patronizing and focuses heavily on how “frustrated” our family members must be with us. Maybe there’s good content further into this book, but I’ll never know because I’m not going to waste any further time reading a book by someone who constantly reiterates their opinion that I’m incapable of even remotel ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the best organizing/de-cluttering book that I've read in a long time, perhaps ever. I don't have ADHD and it was still super-helpful. This will be the book I recommend to others if they're asking about this topic. Here are my take away principles (because, yes, it was so good, I took notes):
1. storage solutions should be easy, obvious, and in the place where the stuff will be used.
2. use open shelving, clear bins, labeled (but not fancy), as little stacking as possible
3. You must use emp
Somehow, I missed the subtitle: "for people with Attention Deficit Disorder," when I bought this book more than a year ago. Consequently, I never tried reading it. Last night while going through one of my shelves, I picked it up and began browsing through the pages. To my amazement, this book is exactly what I NEED! ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always looking for techniques to better organize my life (see: hot mess) and this book definitely had some interesting elements to it.

However, there's also a thread of brash "don't think about the consequences; just do what needs to be done" about the recommended cleanup strategies that left me a little cold. If you need to get organized in a bad way, absolutely commit the Brutal Purge and remove a lot of sentimental items and donate or toss everything and buy duplicates and triplicates of t
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Pinsky's other book pretty much changed my organizing life and I still follow many of her principles, so I was excited to read this book, even though I don't have ADD/ADHD. In some ways, it's a shame that this book is directed toward that subset of the population, because really, it's useful for anyone desperate to stop the endless organizing that never ends up solving the problem.

I think Fast and Furious 5 Step Organizing Solution was a better book, but there are plenty of useful tips in
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I met my husband, it never occurred to me that doors can double as towel racks, checkbooks can also be used as coasters, and that Tupperware lids make acceptable plates. I am a Type A neat freak who tends to hoard books, and my husband is an easily distracted I'll-clean-when-company-comes type who would rather throw things out than organize them. (Like, filing cabinets, for instance.)

So a friend of mine loaned me this book so I could come up with some compromises that would help me keep t
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a lot less helpful than I thought it was going to be. I guess just because it came SO highly recommended, but 1) I don't actually have add, just a bunch of similar symptoms, and 2) I live in a studio apartment, something which it's unclear if the author has ever heard of.

There were a few things that were interesting ideas, like the idea of making it as easy as possible to put things away. Like. If I had some sort of drying rack that doubled as a permanent cabinet for dishes, so I o
Rosa, really
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic

Well, I'm not sure how much good it really did, but the fact that I spent 10 bucks on a self-help book seemed to spur me to actually organizing my office. (Well, my version of organized anyway.) So 4 stars just for that!
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
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. I, on the other hand, did not find the information presented to be at all applicable to the realities of life in my small, single story home.

The house the author pictures their target audience living in is clearly a huge 1990s-era McMansion, with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, floors, and tons of storage. It
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So I didn't realize, when I picked this book up at the library, that it is for people with ADD. So imagine my initial skepticism, then alarm, then giddy delight at seeing my very house-- nay, my very SELF-- described on every page.

The utensils fornicating in the jammed drawer! The avalanche of mismatched tupperware and yogurt containers raining upon the head of any who dares open the cupboard! The stacks and duplicates of Things saved just in case!

The author's solutions are fantastically practic
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: organizing
I read this book with the idea of finally discovering why I do things the way I do (I have ADD), and finding ways to change the way I operate, so I have more control of my life. Well, this book helps, but not that much. This author gives some good advice, such as using hooks, and not storing things behind doors or in opaque, lidded containers, but some of the rest of her suggestions just don't seem like they would work for me. Things like, "don't own more dishes than will fill your dishwasher," ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have NO IDEA what it says about me that I had this book out from the library from September until April. I may have renewed it 9 times. I can neither confirm, nor deny.
Anyhow, this is a great book. I read the updated version that says it's for ADHD. Wow! Some great tips, and different from some similar books I have read where style/ascetic is placed above than functionality. This book offers solutions that value efficiency over beauty and helps you simplify. It doesn't matter how gorgeous you
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though I do not have ADD, I found most of the information to be quite helpful. The overall theme of the book is to reduce what you own and make things as simple and visible as possible. Everything should be designed to only require one step, not to look like it came out of a magazine. Efficiency over decorative. Every chapter after that takes you through the house, one room at a time, and gives very specific ideas (with photos) to accomplish this goal. The book is straightforward and concis ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't.
Recommended to Relyn by: Ann Bogel
I've read too many organizing books for this one to be anything more than white noise.

One thing I thought was interesting. I read a library book and someone had marked off "suffered from ADHD" and written in "has ADHD". The continued throughout the book. I loved the reminder that ADHD is not a curse, but a way of living. It's another way the brain works.
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hoped this was going to be a little bit more "how to schedule your life" and less "how to organize physical stuff (assuming the physical stuff you have is the stuff of a 50s housewife)" but maybe that was my mistake. Anyway the tone is fun and there are some gems, but it's Very Opinionated and I was cracking up at some of the advice. Check this out:

"there is no better motivation than hunger to inspire one to wash a dish!"

LOL no this is when I fail at making real food and instead just eat peanu
Roni Loren
I found this book so helpful even though I don't have ADHD. This spoke to my right-brained tendencies. Many times throughout the book I thought--yes, this! Like, for instance, putting things in nice covered bins or boxes never works for me. Once it's out of sight or under a stack, it's dead to me. I will never remember what's in there and I won't go digging through it. And if things get stored in the back of my pantry, I may as well throw them away. If I can't see them, they no longer exist.

Aug 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I flipped through this pretty quickly. Thought there might be some useful tips, but it really is aimed for people with ADD. Lots of useless (to me) information and tips, including:
Document your year in 10 photos only, even if you use a digital camera – Seriously? No need and not happening.
Hire a housekeeper – Unrealistic and I am fully capable of cleaning my own house.
Have less dishes and use paper plates - Again, just no.
Reduce your clothing inventory to just enough to get by the week (includin
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have ADHD, and I had high hopes for this book, but I did not like it.

TL;DR, the class and gender assumptions were cringeworthy, and the tone was off-putting; even in the updated 2012 edition much of the advice was dated; above all, it seemed to take home organization out of the context of living with ADHD.

If this book has another updated edition, I hope the author will adapt her recommendations to allow for more financial flexibility. ADHD coping mechanisms should not be a sole privilege of th
I've decided I'm too old to follow someone else's system. But this might work better for people with no systems. ...more
I thought this was going to be a book on how to organize your life with like calendars and things because of the post-its all over the cover, but it was actually about how to organize your house. Whoops!
Dec 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: self-help, writing
Though I have never been diagnosed with ADHD, I am an INFP and this book was strongly encouraged by a popular INFP blogger as the book that changed her life and made her appear as if she is a "J" (read: organized--a place for everything and everything in its place). I was looking forward to enlightenment, and this book has worked for plenty of other people. But it didn't really work for me. It's pretty basic (reduce A LOT, put things you need within your line of sight in the place you'll need th ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Annette by: Stephanie H.
I think this woman's favorite word is PURGE!!! I really didn't think that I needed to do that much purging. We've only lived in our house about a year and half and we did a great deal of purging before we moved. I was quite surprised at how much stuff I ended up taking to the Goodwill. I went through all of my kitchen cupboards, my pantry, my bedroom closet, and the boxes and boxes of hand-me-downs stacked up in the basement. I took quite a few trips to the Goodwill and quite a few bags of trash ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with many of the other reviewers who note that, while aimed at people with ADHD and their families, the suggestions here are really for those that value efficiency over aesthetics, and in some cases knowing the efficient isn’t the least expensive solution. Instead of sparking joy, your organizational tools and ways should radiate “get ‘er done”. Less Marie Kondo, more Larry the Cable Guy, at least in attitude. What does this mean? Some examples are in order. The author hates opaque stora ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults with ADD/ADHD
Shelves: own
If you are an adult who has ADD/ADHD then I recommend you read this book. I can be difficult for many people to keep up with organizing. However, as quoted from the book "for someone with ADHD even the simplest take takes much more energy than it take for others." Another quote from the book that I feel is true is, "to shower, get dressed, and get out the door in the morning can require the kind of care and concentration that the average person expend over their entire day." I feel like the auth ...more
It's October. I'm reading spooky books, but am also at my wit's end trying to streamline my house for my ADD husband. This wasn't intended to be a spooky book, but this book still spooked me. The militant voice ushering in an era of minimalism, efficiency over beauty, and multiple contained messes throughout the house gave me cause to think of my future in this wretched hellscape. Could I probably learn to be Zen enough to sacrifice my beautiful bunny knick knacks for this ultra efficient lifest ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tips in this book are FANTASTIC. I think they could work for a lot of human people, but they are especially relevant to this hot mess ADHD sufferer. It was really rewarding to see that I have already employed many of the author's guidelines. It gives me confidence that applying new strategies will have a higher success rate than past attempts at getting my &$*% together. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life for the better. I would recommend it not only to anyone with ADHD but also to anyone with hoarding/clutter tendencies or any kind of personal-care-related or organization-related executive dysfunction.

If you have to choose one... Functional > beautiful. Visible > beautiful. Easy > beautiful. Time-saving > beautiful.

Having a beautiful home for 30 seconds a week, after you shove all the clutter you own haphazardly into closets and cupboards and decorative baskets, is poin
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I always feel like any organizational book should make me feel inspired to first get rid of all the things and THEN think about sustainable solutions. This book does that in spades, and though I don’t have ADD, there are still really good, universally applicable, simple, efficient, and sustainable solutions. I especially liked the room-by-room / project-by-project format: bite-sized strategizes to help tackle even the most overwhelming organizational nightmares.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought I was reading this book to help members of my family; but I think I needed it just as much. Very helpful tips. The fact that it was dated (2006) didn't matter too much, except when it mentioned leaving post-it notes "by the phone". The one thing that bothered me the most is that these suggestions aren't always taking the environment/our blue-green planet into consideration. ...more
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“For the ADHD client, the finishing task is the most likely to be neglected, so we must therefore value the ease of putting something away above the ease of finding it. (Because if it has been put away, it will be found, but if it hasn’t been put away, it could be lost for good.). For” 1 likes
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