Dear friends with AD/HD (and others with Initiation/motivation problems),
I have struggles about putting stuff away, and also feeling guilty about it, since I feel like I should be able to do this stuff, especially considering I’m almost 21. The biggest tip that I have learned/absorbed this year is this: make it easy.
Sitting on your bed and making garbage? Put the garbage bin next to your bed. Folding laundry feels like a huge task? Don’t do it. You’re going to unfold it all anyway when you try and find a shirt you want to wear in your drawers. Have trouble ironing? Get your stuff out of the dryer right away, and then hang it up.
This has honestly made me so much better at cleaning up behind me, has stopped my room from being so messy, etc. and also has let me be realistic about my strengths. It’s helped my guilt levels, and let me put more of my focus and motivation towards other things, like things I want to do more.
Every time I have a task that I know I will typically avoid or have trouble doing, I think to myself “how can I make this easy?”