An ADHD Kick Start from Mom

My mom's help with laundry, picking up, and making a schedule was the perfect thing to motivate me to get organized.
ADHD College Blog | posted by Rebeka Covell
The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD

My resolution to keep my room clean always fails within the first few days; along with my resolutions to go to the gym, wake up on time, go to bed at a decent hour, stop buying things I don’t need, and the list goes on and on.

This time my resolution is still pretty much standing thanks to some help getting the ball rolling. I’ve been pretty busy the last week. Between my internship, my mall job, errands, and running around with my family, I haven’t been home much between 7:30am, when I leave for my internship, and 10pm, when I get home for the night. There were clothes heaped on my chair, the hamper was overflowing, shoes littered the floor, and my dresser was unrecognizable under a mountain of clutter. On Friday, that all changed.

My Mom (the best mom in the world) cleaned up all my clothes; hung what was clean in the closet and washed the four loads of dirty laundry. She then collected all the shoes by the closet and made my bed for me. On Saturday morning she helped me make a schedule to get my dresser cleaned off before I ran off for the whole day. You should have seen what was piled up on the dresser – but that will just have to wait for another day.

Looking around my room right now, I’ll admit it’s not perfect – but it’s a million times better than it was. I can find my alarm clock, I can put on makeup without knocking over piles of clothing tags and paper cups, and I can walk around without twisting my ankle on a discarded shoe.

That jump-start to cleanliness and organization made a world of difference. I don’t like being so messy, but I can’t seem to figure out where to start cleaning up either. Once the mess gets so bad that it becomes overwhelming, I get to the point where I don't know where to start. My mom's help with laundry, picking up, and making a schedule was the perfect thing to motivate me to get organized. And I’m feeling less stressed and in control already.

So Mom: thank you, thank you, thank you.

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