Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition-Revised and Updated: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized

by: Susan C. Pinsky (0)

Organizing Solutions for People with ADD, 2nd Edition outlines new organizing strategies that will be of value to anyone who wants to improve their organizational skills. This revised and updated version also includes tips and techniques for keeping your latest technologies in order and for staying green and recycling with ease.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are prevalent in society today, afflicting about 4.4% of the adult population—over 13 million Americans. Four out of every five adults do not even know they have ADD.

The chapters, organized by the type of room or task, consist of
practical organizing solutions for people living with ADD:
  • At work: prioritizing, time management, and organizing documents
  • At home: paying bills on time, decluttering your house, scheduling and keeping appointments
  • With kids: driving them to various activities, grocery shopping and meals, laundry, babysitters, organizing drawers and closets
  • And you: organizing time for your social life, gym, and various other hobbies and activities
Color photographs that capture the short attention span of the reader are featured throughout, as well as sidebars and testimonials from adults with ADD, providing numerous organizational tips, such as the importance of dividing time into minutes or moments, task completion, how to avoid procrastination, asking for help, and how not to be a pack rat.

Get your life in order with this witty and sympathetic guide to organization. 

The Reviews

I have physical disabilities and really had to put in a lot of effort to read past the opening few chapters where she talks about "everyone goes to the store once a week at least". The author suggests purging any and all bulk excess, from toiletries, pantry, to pots and pans and dishes to the point where it forces clean habits. Um. This will *not* work for the disabled, especially those in rural areas. So, take all of that with a grain of salt, and accept that things will not be perfect if you've got illness on top of ADHD. BUT there are some great ideas in here that can save on time and frustration. The key things I've gotten from this book: 1. If you don't see it, it doesn't exist in your mind and you probably won't use it 2. Keep everything that you reasonably can in the room in which you use it 3. Great suggestions in the book for storage solutions, in particular in the closet, bedroom, and craft areas 4. If you have physical disabilities, cut excess, but IMO don't cut so much that you'll be left high and dry without necessities or clean household items when you lack the energy to clean what you have. I wish there were self-help books that acknowledge disability in some way, but I really don't see them. Don't get discouraged if you're disabled, and take the purge advice with a realistic point of view.

I'm not a big book reviewer, but this was one that I needed to comment on...Theory is nice, but I'm tired of wasting my time reading literally dozens of books over the past 15 months that explain why I'm like I am (I have ADHD) but that don't provide practical, actionable things that I can do to get around my ADHD roadblocks.This one of the two books that I keep referring back to (the other is Your Life Can Be Better, using strategies for ADD/ADHD by Douglas Puryear--just one tip in Puryear's book has saved me about 100 hours this year). And, as I said, Pinsky's is the ONLY useful book I've read about how to handle paperwork & office organization, which is the bane of my existence. For a year I went with an intermediate version of her "filing" strategy and put my paperwork in monthly folders. I was just afraid that I'd lose something, as I always had in the past. I've since gone with the basket strategy, and it's working just fine. Try it--come over to the Dark'll never go back to (not) filing/stacking your papers everywhere because you are loathe to file them, again!No, the author doesn't have ADHD, but she totally gets us. I've implemented many of her suggestions, and I keep referring back to the book and implementing more. It's almost too much to digest at once. (Puryear's book is like that, too.)Yes, she tells us to toss a lot of crap, but when you think about it, we really need to anyhow. Purging really helps with clutter, distractions & the stress caused by all of our "stuff."She has some of the most useful tips for those of us suffering from ADD/ADHD that I've read. I can't say enough good things about this book.

Unlike many books about organizing for ADD, this is actually useful. The book advocates for ruthless efficiency, judicious minimalism, and extreme practicality. In essence her philosophy is that you should make putting things away (and correspondingly getting at things) as easy as possible. Minimize the amount of stuff you own, make things visible, and eliminate as many steps as possible for any organizational task to lower the barriers to actually doing it.She has a lot of helpful tips for specific storage/organizational solutions depending on what you’re dealing with, and the sections are organized by room (kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc) so you can skip around if you want. A lot of her tips are helpful, but I think they are most useful as case studies in how to apply the philosophy. She talks through how she eliminates the problematic extra steps from each process she’s trying to optimize, and that helped me see how to eliminate extra steps from my own processes.Things I liked about this book:- it was a quick read- actually helpful advice that is easy to extend/modify for your needs- wasn’t shaming or pitying ADD folksThings that could be better about this book:- a lot of references to traditional gender roles (all your daughters like makeup, all your sons play sports)- she seems to assume you live in the suburbs and have tons of space (offices! basements! plentiful kitchen cabinetry!)- some of her advice is for weird situations that I don’t understand (who keeps a ton of papers in their kitchen?) or is strangely dated (landlines, physical address books, people who’ve never heard of paperless billing and autopay)- some of her advice assumes a certain level of financial affluence (toss/donate things and replace them with more efficient alternatives, buy a tv for every room, hire people to clean or do landscaping, never buy in bulk)All in all, even with some drawbacks, this was a useful book, and it gives me hope that I can achieve a higher level of domestic success, even with my ADD brain, small space, and lack of spare time/energy.

I love this practical advice. As an adult with ADHD I have shelves of how-to organizational books. The last one I read, Spark Joy, made me laugh hysterically. 3-pages on how to fold socks and underwear complete with illustrations, ha! This book is my style. Buy all the same socks and throw them in a drawer. Why fold dish towels? Getting them in a clean bin is good enough. Store things so they can be put away in one motion (no stacking). Each room should be able to be picked up in 3-minutes. I love it!

The original R5 1600 release in 2017 was the 14nm process. This is a refresh based on the Zen+ 12nm process, aka the 2xxx series. This processor can be Oc'd quite well and will perfrom on par with a 2600/x depending on OC. This is a steal for this price/performance ratio.//Update: I've been running at 4Ghz for the last week with no issues, this is amazing price/perf ratio

The good: 12nm refresh of the R5 1600. A little confusing at first, as I hadn't heard about any such thing, only on researching the part number (YD1600BBAFBOX... note the F in the 4th to last character rather than E), did I eventually find information about this (along with another reviewer's posting here)The bad: not even really that bad, but, considering that this revision of the CPU is closer to being a slightly lower-clocked 2600, versus an original 14nm version of the 1600, it comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler (as does the 2600), rather than the Wraith Spire. Just a little puzzling at first, and a minor nitpick, as the Stealth is easily adequate for this CPUs needs.I've only had it installed for a few days now, but am very happy with it - an excellent deal for a better-than-expected processor.

This is def a Zen+ refresh at 12nm. I did a review on it on YouTube sharing my experience under the same username here. One thing to note is that Ryzen Master software doesn't seem to work with it as it says it is an unsupported chip, but it is legit and works just a hair under the Ryzen 5 2600 performance. The price and performance is amazing! So amazing, I bought a second one! :)UPDATE: Ryzen Mastee software works just fine. If you have a previous Ryzen chip, you just need to uninstall it and reinstall and you’re set.

This is a 2nd generation Ryzen plus CPU sold in a box indicating it is a first generation Ryzen CPU. It uses the Ryzen Plus 12 nm chipset and identifies as Pinnacle Ridge (which is Ryzen Plus). Mine varies in speed between 2900 and 3600 Mhz. It is likely this will vary by customer, case and random chance with respect to how good the silicon the CPU really is.It appears AMD is selling these as they may not qualify for sale as Ryzen 2600's due to clock issues (they clock a bit slower more or less). They do clock faster than 1600's. Overall for $85 at this time (early 2020) this is the most powerful CPU at this price point ( under $100).If you want a place holder, or just a decent Ryzen Plus at an amazingly good price this is a good purchase. It will not outperform a Ryzen 3, or even a Ryzen Plus 2600. It will nearly match a Ryzen Plus 2600 though. This CPU, $50 for RAM and $80 for a motherboard, and you can have a Ryzen Plus upgrade for $215. This isn't intended to overclock much, you may get it to overclock a little. For moderate needs, this is a wonderful product.

Also got the updated 12nm design heck of a deal here.

Can confirm I received a 12nm version as well. Runs like a champ so far. What a deal.

Good processor. Cheap entry level and 6 cores 12 threads. Love the am4 socket future proof because socket has many upgrade paths. I've always loved AMD products but even here at the entry level you can build a banging pc

July 2021 - At $150 they are far less valuable. I would just go for a sub $200 3600 if you can get one. This is a great chip (for $85 a piece what I paid in 2020) and I have four systems in the house paired with these but in 2021 for $150 I would shop at least Zen2 3000 series. If these drop down to $100 or less then yes I would recommend. Even on Intel they have a the 10400F which is a great buy.Update Feb 14th : I just bought two more of these and pairing them with Amazon Warehouse Tomahawk B450 boards($76 a piece). I decided to sell my old Sandybridge cpu/board/ram and would even upgrade my kids hand me down PC's to these as the price isn't that much considering I get about $80-100 for each of my old hardware setups. What those systems do overclocked with more watts and temps, this does effortlessly stock , cool and quiet. I am a bang for the buck shopper with 7 PC's around the house , so these 1600AF can someday replace my Intel Dual core setups.I recently upgraded my Sandybridge 8yr old 4.7ghz i7 with a 2700x for $136 after cash back from Amazon card(Thanks Tech Deals youtube channel). I liked the upgrade so much that I also wanted a similar feel for 1 of my MediaPC's that I run a GTX970 in. Figured this 1600AF would likely be a great value for a budget HD/4k TV gaming setup. I just finished installing it and I ran a benchmark on my 2700x and then dropped in the 1600AF all stock settings with 3200mhz C16. Without changing a thing except CPU, both runs showed my GTX1070 is 99% GPU bound under "The Shadow of the Tomb Raider" benchmark. I know lower detail would help show performance differences in the CPU but for my quick test I am very pleased with the performance at stock. No difference than my 2700x. Max temp is 34c with a Noctua 14 cooler. I will soon move this 1600AF CPU/MB/RAM over to the Media PC case with Prism RGB cooler from my 2700x purchase.(update it's running great as the MediaPC, cool,quiet and smooth) Loving this value. Check out my attached screenshots of afterburner CPU utilization and benchmark results. Hope this helps someone!

revised my review to highlight the quality of this organizer/chest/medicine cabinet. very good quality and would recommend to replace those cheap plastic medicine cabinets with cheap glass mirrors

This is a beautiful addition to my bathroom. I love that it looks like framed art yet functions as a medicine cabinet. The shelves are adjustable, you can use it as either a right opening or left and it was easy to install.

This is beautiful & fairly well made - it is pricier then the alternatives but I consider the price fair for the style and function the other options lack. Swapping out the art is quick & easy. It doesn't stick out like old style medicine cabinets. This one is more discreet then an open style recessed shelf which I needed since my closet is open shelving. The acrylic glass that came with mine was noticeable chipped on 1 corner and all the edge cuts were rough. The door swings a bit on it's own so if you also have a wall mirror like I do an easy fix is to use some clear furniture protectors to keep it from banging into the mirror (see picture 3)

This medicine cabinet is so cool! It looks like a framed picture on the wall. Very nice in my newly renovated bathroom. I bought nice matting and picture and inserted in the frame. It looks great! Well worth the price!

Most perfect cabinet for my newly remodeled bathroom. I will be ordering another one for the other remodel. So refreshing to have such a brilliant idea other than a boring old mirror.

I checked this book out from the library
 then lost it 12 hours later. So I bought it for kindle to read on my phone. Did eventually find the hard copy. Hard copy is definitely easier to follow.This writer seems to really understand people with ADHD. Some of her tips are a little extreme, but might be necessary for people with very severe ADHD (I’m thinking of her socks and towel suggestions.)I would suggest, as others have, that this writer is mainly writing for people in cities and suburbs with disposable income (that’s who typically hires professional organizers, so that makes sense). If that’s not you I would definitely try to find a library copy and just peruse it, glean what tips you can and love along.But over all I would say this book was extremely helpful. It gave me insight and a lot of usable tips and principles to guide my own approaches to organizing my home. It is not a perfect clean palace now, but it is much easier to clean, which is pretty much exactly what she suggested was the goal.The downsides:I definitely purged stuff I should have kept and ended up spending money to buy stuff to replace what I threw awayI probably spent about a grand on furniture, mostly at ikea, Amazon, and the dollar store on various shelves, bins, and buckets.This will likely take you about 2-3 months to complete. I was able to get through the purge and initial organizing in 3 weeks (thanks hyper focus!) but once school started again was unable to work on the more specific organizing projects. I imagine it will take me a while to actually finish everything I see that needs to be done but at least I got a huge chunk done.If you have ADHD or even if you’re just really bad at keeping your house clean, I would suggest this book.

Simple, common sense solutions that really work! Gets to the point and easy to implement, especially if you're someone struggling with ADHD.

I have OCD (literally not just saying) so I have to have things neat and orderly. My daughter has ADD and bounces from one place to another leaving her tail of endless stuff leaving me frustrated. The neurologist recommended this book to help give me ideas on how to keep the house ADD friendly and to simplify our lives. The book is laid out nice and easy to follow however I didn’t find the tips useful. It says to keep the child room simple, one pillow on the bed etc. those tips won’t work. My girl loves to cuddle up in her pillows and loves her bedding. She has no issue keeping her bed made anyway. The book maybe helpful to others but I didn’t find it helpful. There is so much info online that is more helpful than this book.

Whether you do have ADHD or don’t even believe it exists, this is—hands down—the best book to help anyone get organized. I checked it out from my library so many times I decided to have my own copy. I refer to it repeatedly. Very motivating and the author has a good sense of humor.

I have ADHD and have been rather hopelessly disorganized all my life despite the dozen or so books I have bought (and read) on the subject. This book has quite literally changed my life. I understand it, and Mrs. Pinsky understands ME. I now understand why the other books weren't effective for me, and why a few things I had tried (over-the-door hooks) worked amazingly well.This is not one of those books where you are supposed to spend a ton of money on organizing doo-dads to make all your stuff fit better; the first thing she recommends is that you throw a lot of it away. A whole lot of it. It is much easier to organize your stuff if there isn't much of it. Why didn't I think of that? The organizing tools she recommends are a hammer and nails and inexpensive bins you can buy nearly anywhere.The advice is brilliant- and you have probably never heard this advice before either- I certainly hadn't. I nearly cried with joy when I read the advice about the socks. My non-ADD mom has never understood my loathing of sock sorting and laundry in general. I modified the advice to fit our situation of course- oldest son has crew socks and batman underwear, youngest son has taller socks and ironman underwear. Sounds simple but it has made laundry sorting much more bearable at my house.The advice about the paperwork basket- can I tell you how brilliant this is? Not only do I have a clean desk because I am not afraid to trash the one important thing in the avalanche of papers my kids come home from school with; when I DO realize if have trashed something in error (like this morning) I can get it back. Ingenious- or actually common sense. Why didn't I think of this??I fortunately found this book when we were in the planning stages of building a house- I actually altered a few things in the house plan to accomodate the ideas in this book. I also threw out an unbelievable amount of stuff. Truckloads. I know the ladies at the local thrift store by name thanks to the nearly daily trips I made donating stuff. Moving day was a much more pleasant experience after throwing out probably a third of the things we own- things we didn't even need.And guess what? I can find all of my stuff. It all fits in the drawers and cabinets- In fact, I have EMPTY drawers and cabinets. It is a piece of cake to put my things away. I no longer buy things that I think I might be out of, I know exactly what I am out of because I can see it all. I even shop differently now. After throwing out so much stuff, I am much more careful about what I do buy- I consider whether I need the item or whether it will just become clutter and need to be tossed the next time I purge.Was it hard? Sort of. It was sometimes hard to throw away expensive items that I just didn't want or need, but after I got past the guilt it was a actually fun! I now know that I can find everything in my kitchen, the lid to every tupperware container, and every single item in my closet fits and looks great- how awesome is that?Someone came to see my new house the other day and said "wow- you are so organized!" For a minute I thought they were being ironic, because no one had EVER said anything like that to me before- but my house actually IS organized now! I find myself losing things less frequently, and when I do lose them, finding them more quickly because there aren't random piles of stuff everywhere with no home. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Ms. Pinsky for writing this book! I do think this book would be helpful for people without ADD, and everyone with kids, but for many people with ADD, this will be nothing short of a miracle. It is NOT much different from the 2006 book though, so if you already have that one no need to re-buy.

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