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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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  682 Ratings  ·  110 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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Fair Winds Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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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!
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
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!
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
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
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.

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
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 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
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
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
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults with ADD
Shelves: own
This is one of the few books of it's kind; a home organizing book for adults with ADD. I first picked this up at the library, and just had to buy it!! This book would probably also work well for people who think they are too busy or impatient with the whole organizing process and would really like to do something about it. It has a lot of photos so you can see what they're talking about. Now I know why I kept changing how my home office was organized - I just never could seem to get it manageabl ...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
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: add-adhd
If you have ADD but aren't totally comfortable with it, this book MIGHT bother you; the author has quite the brash/tough love tone throughout the book. But hey, if that's the case, GET OVER IT and keep going because this book has so many great, succinct ideas on how to organize with ADD. The main tenets are:
1. Get rid of it. Less stuff = less stuff to manage and take care of.
2. Replace it with stuff that's easier to manage.
3. Put it in open shelving (even if it's not pretty).

Sometimes the aut
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
This book is definitely geared towards helping those with ADHD. If you're looking for pretty, hidden organization, this is not the book to read. However, if you have really struggled with traditional organization methods, give this a read.

Much of her advice was things I have figured out myself over the years, but there were plenty of new things for me to try. I don't agree with her on everything (wearing "dirty" clothes enough that you only have one load of laundry a wee? - ick), but overall thi
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I had heard this book was helpful for anyone, regardless of having ADD or not. It's a very beginner's guide to organizing... A few outside the box, helpful ideas, but hardly anything I hadn't heard before. Also, while there are times when it's worth spending extra money in order to simplify, many of the solutions seemed to require either missing out on potential money or spending (seemingly unnecessary) money. In general, the tips in this book weren't necessarily bad; they just also weren't espe ...more
Nicole Bacile
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a great motivator. She shows before and afters - very easy read. Best organizing book.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
First, I do live with adult ADHD. I had behavioral therapy and learned time management and organizational skills many years ago after diagnosis. I still read a lot about both topics because they're such critical skills for me.

As for this book, I did like it. I liked what she had to say about open shelving and storage. I haven't really gotten our small bathroom organized since moving in with my SO a year ago. At least, not to my satisfaction. This book gave me some very cool inspiration for what
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came highly recommended for everyone, not just those with ADHD. The central themes are that storage doesn't have to be pretty or aesthetically pleasing (this is difficult for me) and that the key to not being overwhelmed by your stuff is to have less stuff (also difficult for me). All in all, it was a quick and easy read and I hope that I retain some of the suggestions once I have a garages and a basement to organize.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
My ADHD spouse thought this was very helpful for him. I am more on the OCD spectrum and align closer with Marie Kondo's philosophy but I see the usefulness of prizing efficiency above all. Some of her ideas I DO think are bonkers, like keeping only 10 photos a year??? NO way! And I thought her calendar system was way too complicated even for a non-ADHD user. But, all in all, useful.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Useful for anyone, with or without ADHD, recommended to me by a professional organizer friend. Full of simple, out of the box strategies that focus on efficiency and minimization. Having less stuff is going to be a more efficient system that consequently will WORK, as opposed to many beautiful ways to maintain lots of items.
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of books about decluttering and Susan Pinsky's books speak the loudest to the clutter in my life. I read this first as a library book, then bought my own copy. It's that good. I've since bought her new book too.

My home office has been reorganized many times over the past few years and it's never really worked over the long run. Part of that was because I was trying to organize everything I had instead of doing a lot of editing of my possessions. I also tried too hard to make ever
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a nice change of pace from the typical "beautify your home" organizational guides. This isn't quite as apartment-friendly as I'd hoped, although there were some helpful tips for small-space dwellers that I might be able to implement. Most suggestions are budget-friendly, while others serve as a reminder that you might be asking for a miracle (if you have bookshelves, hutches, and closets but still can't figure out what to do with your dishes and linens, you simply have too much. I can s ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It's good for people with ADHD, and I'm sure some of the tips could be useful for everyone. The concepts in the book-- efficiency over aesthetics, for example-- reframed how I thought about my organization and life. After finishing the book, I spent 2 days decluttering my apartment. I felt so inspired! I cleared out at least 10 garbage bags and redesigned my creative space. It was fantastic!
Dottie Parish
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is designed to help parents of a child with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as these individuals have difficulty being organized and do best without clutter and with some structure. This is a fantastic book. It’s beautifully designed with many illustrations and pictures to help you understand what is proposed.

Susan Pinsky has clever ideas that will help the ADD person be able to keep his or her stuff in order. Each room in the house has a chapter
Debbie Akers
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Solutions at last

I say take the chance and read this book if you 'never' been organized and could never figure out why. I've spent a small fortune to resolve clutter in my house but afterwards everyone gives the same old organizing's never worked for me. I tried this book to see if there was something different, and there was! Do I have ADHD, I don't have a clue, I'm 56 and back in the day there was no such diagnosis. However, what I can say is that the scenarios are my lifelong
D. R.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband has ADD and ADHD, so getting him to focus on anything, especially picking up, is a challenge. It doesn't help that I'm incredibly scatterbrained and creative, so I have to have everything spread out and am doing several projects at one time. We've never managed to be on the same page about what items go where.

In a near desperate attempt to find solutions, we purchased several organization books earlier this year. From the stack, this is the only one that has stuck. After only a few da
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ADHD patients & families
Ms. Pinsky's book will work for anyone who needs to organize, not just folks with ADHD, but her tips are definitely less elegant and more practical than some of the things I've seen in other books. She advises against the pretty (no magazine-ready Martha Stewart spreads here) in favour of the efficient - lidless clear totes, baskets and shoe-hangers figure prominently in her designs since these things keep an ADHD person's possessions in sight, rather than "out of sight, out of mind". They also ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While many of the suggestions are very useful for the non-ADHD person to help (in my case) and ADHD kid get organized, many of the ideas are ridiculous. Limiting the number of photos you take at birthdays,(suggestion:2) etc. so there is less organizing to do seems almost cruel. The idea that a hammer and nails can create instant hanging space just made me cringe. While functionality is more important than being pretty, there are solutions (like an over-the-door hanging rack)that do not make you ...more
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