Organize for your ADHD life.by simplifying your space, time, and mind.
- Are you frustrated every time you open your closet?
- Is it almost impossible to find your keys in the morning?
- Do you search frantically for that item you were sure you had just a few days ago?
You are not alone.
- Nearly half (48 percent) of Americans consider their homes to be at least somewhat cluttered with items they no longer use
- One in seven Americans have a room in their home they cannot use because it is filled with things they rarely use
- A majority of Americans (72 percent) believe they would gain more space in their homes by purging unused items
“I never remember where I put things.”
Not being able to find something is very frustrating. I often hear from clients about anxiety when they can’t locate their keys; panic when they can’t find the first aid kit when they need it; and not being able to find a pen and paper when they desperately need to take notes during a phone call.
Not everyone’s brain works the same, so the “right” place to put something is where we instinctively look for it. Remembering where we put things starts with where you would look for them in the first place. When I work with clients, we start with their biggest pain point. If finding keys is the biggest concern, I will ask “where is the first place you look for your keys?” If the answer is the kitchen counter, let’s put a basket on the counter and they keys always go in there. Same with the first aid kit. And pen and paper need to have a home within reach of the phone.
“I’m absolutely drowning in paperwork.”
Remember the good ol’ days when we thought we’d be “a paperless society” by now? Unfortunately, there is more paper coming into our homes and offices than ever before and we are drowning in the “what to do with it?” decisions. To shred or not to shred? What do I need to keep? What should my filing system look like? Sometimes the questions are so daunting we get stuck, resulting in missed payments and boxes of paper we don’t know what to do with.
My clients deal with paper differently based upon their comfort levels. Some want to keep everything “just in case.” In these situations, I work with clients to let go of paper that doesn’t serve them like old magazines and catalogs, then we find the “right” filing system for how their brains work so when they can retrieve things when they need them. For others, it’s a matter of moving from paper bills to on-line bills and coming up with a functional electronic filing system.
“I can’t get out of the door on time.”
There are many reasons my clients express for not being able to get out the door on time, but most of the time it is a misunderstanding about how long things take. We may think it only takes 30 minutes from when we get up to being out the door, but it rarely does.
In these situations, I ask my clients to be observers of their process and see where the process is broken. Do they think it takes 10 minutes to shower, shave and dress, when in actuality it takes 20? How long does breakfast take to prepare and consume? 5 minutes? It’s probably closer to 10. How long does it take to prepare lunch? About 10. How long does it take to hunt and gather everything they need when they walk out the door? The average of my clients is 7, but they generally plan for none. When we underestimate our processes, we start the day late and stressed.
Here's how it works
Sometimes organizing is just that . . . organizing. It’s a normal reaction to an event like getting ready for company, having guests coming to your home, or figuring out what to do with a family member’s possessions now that they’ve downsized.
From one-time organizing projects like cleaning out the guest room to regular systems reviews, I’ve got you covered. Whether it’s a kitchen, closet, office, or a whole house, through thoughtful organizing tools and practices, we will create a space you love to be in.
My organization services include:
- Reclaiming underutilized spaces
- Maximizing efficiency of rooms
- Hands-on and virtual organization
- Designing/implementing custom filing solutions
- Creating processes to maintain order and reduce clutter
Want to get started with an organizing collaboration?
Disorganization comes in several forms:
As an organizer, one of the first steps when I’m working with a new client is identifying which type of disorganization they’re dealing with. Making this determination is a crucial first step in understanding how we can best work together to help them get and stay organized.
Home and/or work spaces contain too much stuff and multiple efforts to organize have not resulted in success. Those struggling with chronic disorganization may also suffer with disorganization relating to time and process, or struggle with challenges like ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, etc.
Too much stuff and too many commitments caused by a “more is better” attitude when it comes to stuff and activities.
This is short-term disorganization possibly caused by a sudden life event, such as moves, acquiring a loved one’s possessions after their passing, time away from home for vacations, medical emergencies, etc.
Have you heard the term “We live what we learn”? This is the basis for historical disorganization. Some of us were raised in disorganized, cluttered environments and feel comfortable living that way as adults, but our housemates may not.
When you tell yourself, “I’ll put that away tomorrow,” but you don’t. Or, “I’ll file those papers next time I’m in the office,” but instead you just close the office door. Or, “I’ll leave the laundry on the couch just this one time,” but then it becomes a habit. Although habitual disorganization and chronic disorganization may look similar, habitual disorganization tends to result from tendencies to procrastinate.
No matter what type of disorganization you have I can help.
As a Certified Organizer Coach specializing in working with individuals with ADHD I know how to get it done, and transfer organizing skills to you so you can keep organized after our work together is complete.
My clients range in age from their early-20s to mid-70s. They call me because they are stressed and fed up with the clutter and disorganization in their lives. They are ready for change, but have thus far been too embarrassed to have anyone see their space. No worries, I consider myself a guest in my client’s space. I treat all our work together with kindness, compassion and confidentiality.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will it cost to get organized?
Because every client and project is different I charge by the hour. For some people, sorting and editing is simple and easy, for others it takes a bit more time. It is important that the organization project moves at a pace that is comfortable for the client. A professional organizer should not rush a project just to get it finished within a certain number of hours (unless, of course, there is a firm deadline that needs to be met by the client.)
How long will it take?
Simply stated … “that depends.” There are a number of factors that go into completing an organizing project: How large is the project? Is it just a closet or a whole house? Can editing decisions be made quickly and easily? How frequently can we get together to work on the project? How many hours can we spend together at each organizing session? Is there homework that you can do on your own between our sessions? We will work as quickly and efficiently as possible, while giving thoughtful attention to each of the decisions that need to be made along the way.
Do I have to be there all the time?
Each client lives and works differently and organizing is a very personal process, so my experience with other clients may not translate to be the perfect fit for you. Although some work can be done independently, it's better if we work through the process together. Part of my job is to teach the process of decluttering and organizing and that is best learned through hands-on experience.
Should I purchase organizing supplies before our first consultation or session?
No. Although there will be an urge to purchase all the organization items you may think you need, part of our assessment and organizing processes will be determining what those items are and if you already own some of them. Once we get into the nuts-and-bolts of the project and have determined our supply needs, either you can shop for them, or I can shop for you and bring the items to our next organizing session (no mark-up on supplies purchased).
Will you make me get rid of all my stuff?
Absolutely not! Only you will decide what stays and what goes. In addition, once the decision has been made to edit items, only you will decide what happens to them. Should it be thrown away? Is there a friend or family member who could use it? Is there a resource that could put the item to good use (see Resources)? Possessions are very personal, and you need to be comfortable with what happens with them after you’ve decided they are not a priority for you.
How should I prepare for our on-site consultation?
The short answer is don’t. Please, don’t organize or straighten up before we have chance to go through the assessment phase. There was something that prompted a call, so it’s important to see your home or office as it is every day. This will help us figure out what’s working, what’s not working, and develop a game plan to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
How will I know my privacy will be protected?
I belong to the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO), International Coach Federation (ICF), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the Institute for Applied Coaching, and abide by each organization’s code of ethics. I feel privileged that you’ve invited me into your personal space and would not betray your trust.
I see “before and after” pictures of make-overs all the time, but I’m embarrassed about my house and don’t want any pictures of my house on your website.
I know I need organizing help, but do I need coaching help too?
First, you can’t be organized without getting organized. You need a baseline. That’s what an organizing partnership will help you achieve. But in some cases and with some forms of disorganization, there’s an underlying, ongoing challenge that’s contributing to it—and that’s where ongoing coaching can be helpful. If your disorganization has been going on for a long time and is impacting your everyday life (chronic), you might benefit from a coaching partnership.