Have you ever wondered why people may say, “A place for everything and everything in its place”? Perhaps Benjamin Franklin, who came up with the quote, was super organized...or maybe he originally had trouble finding something and realized this saying could help him stay organized. In any case, setting up an organizational system can help alleviate some common mental health symptoms. For example, for those with ADHD, it may prevent losing important items; or for those with anxiety, decluttering the external environment may help to “declutter the internal environment” of the mind.
Choose two separate areas that you use for work, completing tasks, or has become overly cluttered (e.g. desk, kitchen counter, tables, etc.). Once you have identified them, write them down in a notebook, or in the worksheet version of this resource here.
Go to the first area to be organized and stand or sit at the location. The key is to observe everything in the space you chose.
Tip: Taking a “before and after” picture can help create a visual.
In your notebook or in the worksheet version of this resource, write down the items that do not belong or are not currently necessary for any tasks.
Identify what items need to remain for the immediate task at hand (e.g. if you are cooking a meal, leave only what is necessary for that meal) and put away everything else on the list.
Don’t have a place for these items?
Now repeat Steps 2 - 4 for the next area:
Taking some time to get curious about our experience, in a non-judgmental way, can be helpful in building a new organizational habit. Use the questions below to reflect on your experience.
Boissiere, P. (2018). Thriving with adult ADHD: skills to strengthen executive functioning. Emeryville, California, Althea Press.
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