Adults with ADHD aren’t the only people who have problems with clutter, but we seem to have more problems than most people do for a variety of reasons. I.e., being more impulsive, distractable, disorganized and having more trouble than most people doing boring repetitive tasks, ie cleaning up stuff around the house.
One thing I’d emphasize is the importance of doing one room at a time. Or a portion of the room. Bite off a small sized chunk vs trying to eat the whole elephant at once. ADDers can often see the entire picture and get overwhelmed by it instead of seeing just one piece and working on that.
Adults with ADHD brains are understimulated (not enough dopamine) and thus we avoid boring repetitive things much more than most people do because boring task + understimulated brain= distract out, procrastinate out or shut down.
One way to make it easier to declutter is to crank up your dopamine in order to help you focus by getting some exercise before decluttering, or turning on some music you like.
Also try setting a timer for 10-15 minutes and just spending that long decluttering then stopping. If you want to more you can but you’re only committing to 10-15 minutes vs 3 hours.
What are some of your favorite tips for taming clutter?