How to Stay Organized When You Have ADD: Tips for Moms

Hey hey, my fellow scatterbrained mamas! Ha! I know that feeling all too well. It’s like our brains are the Tasmanian Devil and our to-do lists are a helpless little Bugs Bunny. Let’s tame that tornado together! Don’t worry, I’m here with you. We can be alone together! If you’re like me and have a bit of a wandering mind, keeping things organized can be a real challenge. But fear not, my friend! The payoff is totally worth it. Let’s conquer this together! Can you relate to feeling like you’re juggling a million things at once? I know I sure can! Without some kind of system in place, I’m pretty sure I’d end up dropping more balls than a clumsy clown at a circus. Let’s share some tips and tricks to keep our lives (and balls) in order!

Don’t you worry, my friend! Are you ready to become a master of organization, even with ADD? Well, buckle up because I’ve got some tips and tricks that will blow your mind! Let’s get started. Get ready to have some fun! We’re going to help you create a system that’s perfect for you and show you how to embrace all the amazing technology out there (even if you’re still trying to figure out how to use that fancy “smartphone” contraption). Let’s do this!

As a fellow mom with ADD, let me tell you – staying organized is key to keeping our lives from turning into a circus! Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of days where I feel like a clown juggling too many balls at once. But with a little bit of organization, we can keep those balls in the air and still have time for some fun. So let’s get our ducks in a row and show this ADHD who’s boss! Did you know that being organized can save you from the embarrassment of forgetting important appointments, paying bills late, and leaving your kids behind during soccer practice? Plus, it can totally reduce stress and give you a sense of control. So let’s get organized and conquer the world! Right? I mean, who wouldn’t want that kind of awesomeness in their life?

Are you ready to conquer the world of organization with me? As someone with ADD, I know the struggle is real, but fear not! I’ve got some tips and tricks up my sleeve that will make staying organized a breeze. Let’s dive in!Just a quick heads up before we get started – I’m all about those affiliate links, so if you end up loving something I recommend and decide to buy it, I might make a little commission. No pressure though – I promise to only share things I truly believe in! Just wanted to give you a heads up that if you decide to purchase through any of the links I’ve provided, I’ll earn a small commission. No pressure though – I won’t judge you if you decide to keep your money to yourself. But if you do decide to click, just know that you’ll be helping to keep the lights on around here (and maybe even helping me buy some extra snacks for the office). Thanks for considering! If you’re feeling generous today, why not spread the love and give this post a little like, comment, share, and subscribe? It’s like giving a virtual high-five and a hug all at once! Psst! Did you know that you can also give your eyes a break and listen to my blog on my podcast? It’s like having a personal storyteller in your ear! You can find it on Spotify and Amazon Music. Happy listening!

Alrighty, let’s attempt to bring some order to this chaos (or at least give it our best shot).

Y’all, let’s be honest – moms with ADD are basically superheroes. Sometimes it seems like our brains are the ones juggling a million things at once. It’s crucial to really get to know yourself, y’all.

So, here’s the thing – no two people with ADD are identical. We’re all a little bit weird and forgetful sometimes, like when we can’t remember where we parked our car (it’s in the garage, Sarah, the garage!) or when we absentmindedly put the milk in the pantry instead of the fridge (whoops, looks like it’s a dry cereal kind of morning, kids!).

You know what’s a great way to get to know yourself? Keeping a journal. Seriously, it’s like having a conversation with yourself, but without the awkward pauses and weird eye contact. Plus, you can write down all your deepest, darkest thoughts and nobody has to know. It’s like therapy, but cheaper. Not like a fancy, leather-bound one that you got as a gift from your mother-in-law and haven’t touched since. But like a weird, spiral-bound one that you found at a garage sale and can’t stop writing in because it’s just so delightfully odd. Nope, we’re talking about a legit, chaotic, unedited diary where you can scribble down your emotions and what’s clicking (or not clicking) for you.

And that’s why we celebrate our quirks and imperfections, y’all. It’s what makes us unique and fabulous. In actuality, it’s not just okay, it’s freaking fantastic. Embrace your quirks, y’all, because they’re what make you beautifully weird and wonderfully unique. Listen, it’s not the end of the world if you occasionally forget to pick up your kid from soccer practice (they’ll get some exercise walking home, no big deal) or accidentally wear your slippers to the grocery store (I mean, who doesn’t love a cozy pair of slippers?).

As one of my beloved fictional characters, Luna Lovegood, once said, “You’re just as sane as I am.” Now go forth and embrace your inner ADD superhero, y’all. You totally got this.

Listen, y’all, being a mom with ADD is like trying to juggle flaming chainsaws while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. It’s a lot. We’re juggling work, kids, pets, housework, and if we’re really fortunate, a smidgen of self-care. It’s like trying to juggle flaming chainsaws, but instead of actual chainsaws, we’re juggling our endless responsibilities. How do we manage to keep all of this organized without accidentally dropping a flaming chainsaw on our foot? Naturally, one must devise a system.

Have you thought about using a planner or a calendar app? I totally get it. The last time I attempted to use a planner, it turned into a canvas for my cats to scratch on. Listen, y’all. Y’all, let me tell you about these amazing apps that’ll keep your schedule in check without the hassle of flipping through pages or losing your pen. Also, they frequently have alarms and reminders so you don’t have to depend on your already-overloaded brain to recollect everything.

One helpful suggestion is to divide tasks into bite-sized, doable chunks. This is super helpful, especially if you’re the type of person who gets overwhelmed easily (and let’s be real, that’s basically every mom with ADD). You know what’s better than trying to conquer the daunting task of “clean the entire house”? Breaking it down into bite-sized chunks like “vacuum the living room” or “clean the bathroom sink.” Trust me, it’s a game-changer. You know what’s easier than trying to tackle the whole house at once? Focusing on one tiny task at a time. Trust me, it’s a game-changer.

You know what’s a fantastic way to stay on top of things? Setting reminders on your phone or computer. It’s like having a personal assistant, but without the weird smells and questionable fashion choices. Listen, y’all gotta pay attention to those reminders instead of just swiping them away like they’re yesterday’s trash. Trust me, I know a thing or two about forgetting important stuff. It’s like when your child repeatedly declares “Mom, I’m famished” and you respond with “Just a sec” but then completely forget to feed them. Don’t be all “Remember this thing or else!” with your reminders.

Color-coding things or groups can totally save your life. It might seem a tad bit neurotic at first, but believe me, it’s totally worth it. You can color-code your planner, your to-do list, your kids’ schedules, your pets’ schedules (because they’re family too), and anything else that needs organizing. Don’t color-code everything the same color or it’ll be pointless.

Checklists or to-do lists are a fantastic way to keep your life in order. You know what’s incredibly gratifying? Checking off items from a list. Right? It’s like doing a tiny victory jig every time you accomplish something. And that’s how you can make sure you don’t accidentally forget to do something important. Don’t forget to keep an eye on that list and avoid any coffee-related mishaps (believe me, it’s a thing).

And there you have it, some tips for creating a system that works for you when you have ADD. Listen, y’all. Finding the perfect system for your needs might take some experimentation, but don’t you dare throw in the towel. Keep at it. You totally got this, mama. And if everything else goes wrong, just hug the chaos and pray for the best (just kidding… or am I?).

Let’s discuss the chaos that is clutter. Oh, clutter. It’s like a tiny demon that constantly taunts and distracts those of us with ADD. It’s like your belongings are having secret rendezvous when you’re not around, and suddenly your abode is swarmed by a battalion of infant socks and semi-filled java cups.

So, listen up y’all: clutter ain’t your friend when you’re dealing with ADD. It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire. When your surroundings are in disarray, it’s like trying to herd cats while juggling chainsaws. It’s a recipe for distraction and disorganization. You know what’s important, my friends? Decluttering. I mean, come on. It’s like saying “just climb Mount Everest” or “just solve world hunger.” Easier said than done, am I right? Don’t worry, y’all. I’ve got some tips to help you conquer that clutter once and for all.

Okay, listen up y’all. The very first thing you need to do is set a timer. Trust me on this one. I mean, seriously, it’s like your mom is making you do it all over again. But seriously, y’all, it totally works. Let’s set a timer for 10-15 minutes (or more if you’re feeling like a boss) and tackle some decluttering every day. Trust me, it’s a game changer. When that timer dings, you can either call it quits or keep on truckin’ if you’re in the zone. The thing is to make decluttering a doable task that you can tackle bit by bit every day.

Now, go ahead and wrangle in a pal or kinfolk to lend a hand. Do you have that one friend who’s constantly attempting to Marie Kondo your life? Pick up the phone and make those slackers earn their keep. It’s amazing how much having a person to provide emotional backup (and call you out on your nonsense for hoarding that ancient high school cardigan) can impact your life.

Purge your life of unnecessary clutter by bidding farewell to items that no longer spark joy. Donate or sell those suckers and make room for the things that truly matter. Y’all, let’s be real here – we all have crap we’re clutching onto for absolutely no logical explanation. That dress that you’re holding onto even though it doesn’t fit right now? Yeah, I know that feeling. Donate that shit. That thingamajig you were convinced would revolutionize your existence but is currently languishing in its cardboard abode? Sell that shit on eBay. You’re not just tidying up your place, you’re also spreading some positive vibes by giving your stuff a chance to shine in a new way.

And that, my friends, is the whole kit and caboodle. Listen, y’all. I know decluttering can feel like an insurmountable mountain to climb, but fear not! I’ve got some tips that’ll have you on your way to a life that’s more put-together and less of a hot mess. If only there was a way to dispose of all those tiny socks…

Holy crap, managing time can be a real shitshow for us moms with ADD. It’s like we’re in a never-ending war with time, and time is always emerging victorious. Don’t worry, my fellow easily-distracted comrades! Y’all, let me tell you about some tips and tricks that can help us manage our time and make us feel like we’re not completely drowning in chaos.

Okay, listen up y’all. Prioritize like your life depends on it. Which, let’s be honest, sometimes it totally does. Okay, so here’s the deal: you need to make a list of the things you absolutely have to get done. And then, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can make a list of the things that would be nice to get done if there’s any time left over. But let’s be real, there’s never any time left over. So just focus on that first list, okay? You got this. It’s totally fine if your “nice-to-do” list is longer than your “must-do” list. No need to stress about it. That’s just the way the universe crumbles, my friend.

Okay, so here’s the deal: let’s set some deadlines that are actually doable. None of this “I’ll finish it by tomorrow” nonsense. Let’s be real with ourselves and set some goals that we can actually achieve. Sound good? And by “realistic,” I mean “let’s be honest, it’s not happening the night before the project is due.” Well, bless your heart, but we both know that’s just not in the cards. Give yourself some space to breathe and establish a deadline a few days prior to the real due date. That’s the beauty of planning ahead. You can allow for those inevitable distractions that come in the form of shiny objects and still manage to accomplish everything on your to-do list.

Oh my goodness, let’s talk about distractions! And while we’re at it, shiny things are just the best, aren’t they? Holy crap, there are like a million of those little suckers, right? Holy crap, have you ever noticed how social media and viral cat videos can totally derail your productivity? It’s a miracle we accomplish anything in this world. If you’re struggling with distractions, have you considered turning off notifications on your phone or computer? It’s a game-changer, trust me. It’s like a whole new world of productivity opens up when you’re not bombarded by Aunt Linda’s Facebook notifications every five seconds.

Listen, sweetie, it’s important to remember to give yourself a break. Trust me, I know firsthand the importance of taking a breather every now and then. So go ahead and treat yourself to some much-needed rest and relaxation. You deserve it! We all require them, regardless of whether we possess ADD or not. Go for a stroll, indulge in some literary escapades, or binge-watch an episode of your beloved series… whichever soothes your soul and re-energizes you. And that’s okay. No need to feel guilty about it! You know what’s a great way to be even more productive? Taking breaks. It sounds counterintuitive, but trust me, it works.

And that, my friends, is the whole kit and caboodle. If you’re like me and have the attention span of a squirrel on caffeine, then you know how tough it can be to manage your time. But fear not, for I have some tips that might help. Let’s dive in, shall we? Are they going to work for everyone? Well, that’s a big fat nope. And that’s totally fine. We’re all weird and wonderful taxidermied animals, and we’ll find our own way to make it awkwardly functional. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go chase a butterfly. Because apparently, my brain has decided that this is a completely reasonable thing for an adult to do.

Are you ready to embrace the magic of technology and get your life together? Because let’s be honest, sometimes we need all the help we can get. Well, obviously you are! Y’all, let me tell you, technology is a freaking lifesaver for those of us with ADD. There are some seriously amazing tools out there to keep your life in order.

Okay, y’all, let’s talk about Evernote. I mean, who doesn’t love a good note-taking app? It’s like having a tiny notebook in your pocket that doesn’t judge you for your terrible handwriting or your tendency to doodle in the margins. But holy crap, Evernote takes it to the next level. You can scribble down thoughts, doodles, and even record audio or penmanship if you’re feeling extra fancy. And the best part? It’s all searchable, so you’ll never have to waste time digging through piles of paper to find that one crucial note.

Oh my goodness, have you heard of Trello? It’s like a magical unicorn that helps you organize your life. If you’re the kind of person who loves to visualize things (or just enjoys pretending to be a CEO), then Trello is the perfect tool for you. It’s like a virtual corkboard where you can make separate boards for various endeavors, toss in tasks and due dates, and shuffle them around as you knock them out. It’s like having a tiny unicorn who doesn’t mind being paid in pizza.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you might struggle with keeping tabs on how you’re utilizing your time. And that, my friends, is where RescueTime swoops in like a majestic unicorn to save the day. So, there’s this app that lurks in the shadows of your computer or phone, keeping tabs on how much time you’re spending on various websites and apps. It’s like a sneaky little spy, but for your own good. This is like opening your eyes to a whole new world (and maybe freaking you out a bit) but it’s also incredibly useful in pinpointing where you’re losing time or getting sidetracked.

Y’all, check it out, we’ve got Focus@Will up in here! Raise your hand if you’re easily distracted by shiny objects (I know I am), because this app can be a lifesaver if you struggle to focus. Y’all, this thing has got music that’s like a secret weapon for your brain. It’s all tailored to help you focus, with different playlists depending on what you need to get done (like, if you’re trying to be creative or just need to crank out some work). It’s like having a tiny orchestra following you around to help you conquer tasks.

Well, hot damn, y’all! Check out these badass tech tools to keep your shit together and get stuff done like a boss. Naturally, you don’t have to utilize every single one (or any, honestly), but it’s worth giving them a whirl to determine which ones suit you best. You never know, you could totally transform into a tech sorceress (or at the very least, feel marginally less inundated).

Can you believe we made it through this post without getting too sidetracked? Congrats!

Okay, y’all. We’ve talked about some ways to keep our scattered brains in check, so let’s get to work and put those tricks into play. Just a friendly reminder that what works for one person might not work for another. So don’t be scared to get a little wild and try out different approaches. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite thing!

And, if you try one of these tips and it doesn’t work out, that’s totally fine! We’re all a hot mess express, and there’s no shame in trying to adult again. (Or just giving up entirely and binge-watching Netflix. I won’t judge.

Just a quick reminder that having ADD doesn’t make you a terrible mom or a flop. You know what? That actually makes you even more badass at handling the batshit craziness and total unpredictability of motherhood. Embrace your weirdness, discover what makes you happy, and don’t forget to chuckle at your own absurdity as you journey through life. We’re all in this together, even if we occasionally lose track of where “this” actually is.


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