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Organizing the House for ADHD Relief

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Organizing the House for ADHD Relief

If you or a loved one lives with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) there are ways to ease the symptoms while in your home. Dr. Mark Haffey, EdD, director of the Haffey Center for Attention and Memory in Amherst MA, offered up good advice for making your house a place of support for those with ADHD.

“There are different systems for different people, but there are some general ideas that are helpful for most everybody,” Haffey said. Haffey said that the “simpler the environment the better.”

“People with ADHD often build in too many distractions such as TVs and music systems. The quieter the better for most people with ADHD,” he said. Haffey added that some people with ADHD need to have low background noise while working or doing homework, others need total silence to perform those types of activities. “If there is background noise, it can’t be a favorite show or song,” said Haffey.

The launching pad

Haffey said that one the most universal techniques for people with ADHD is to have a “launching pad” in the front hallway or by the front door. “People with ADHD frequently lose their keys, wallets, cell phones, day planners, etc. Having a box or basket by the front door puts everything where they need it to be when they launch their day – and that’s where everything is returned when they come home,” said Haffey.

Bill paying kit

One area is designated as the “bill paying area” and is set up with a basket for bills, envelopes, pens, stamps, and other typical items needed for bill paying. Haffey said that people with ADHD often get into trouble with bills because there is frequently some part of the bill paying process that is misplaced or can’t be found.

The three-basket system

Whether used for mail or for other organizational needs, Haffey recommends using three baskets, which can even be color-coded. “You have one basket for things that have to be taken care of immediately, one for things that can wait, and one for things that need to be thrown out,” Haffey said. He added that “people (with ADHD) tend to get stuck trying to figure out what they need to attend to and what they don’t.”

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3:59AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Good advise!

8:51AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

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11:34PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Not totally sure about those last two, but in general those are great for anyone who needs to slow down and organize. Good advice!

12:59AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

I wish I had known this information when my son was younger. He is 27 now. I will tell him to paint his walls blue. We did have his bedroom painted blue when he was a kid. Maybe that is why he liked being in his room so much. Hmmm....

10:06PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

12:11PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Over 12 years of being treated for this and taking meds. to help there are still so many days that I struggle. Any time that I feel over whelmed I go into a dark frame of thinking and mind. So, anything that I can do to help make my days easier I try very hard to do. Thanks for sharing.

4:19PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

I think we can all learn to be more organized. Thank you.

11:54AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

thank u

5:54AM PST on Feb 1, 2012


4:30PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Seems that these ideas could help just about anyone.

But another comment about avoiding sugar is probably more important, and not just for those with ADHD.

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