Professional organizers can specialize in certain areas like seniors, the chronically disorganized, hoarders or children. For example, though I have worked with many families with children, families with end of life issues, and families on the move to another state, my real interest lies with clients who have been diagnosed with ADD or exhibit multiple symptoms of ADD. Trained organizers can be a valuable part of your team if you have ADD or other neurodivergencies. We can’t diagnose but we can help you find solutions that work for you.
1. YOUR CHALLENGES ARE MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK.
Having ADD can feel lonely. Many of my clients have expressed that they feel alone and isolated from others because of the symptoms that challenge them. You may feel like no one understands your struggles with time management, lack of focus or the opposite hyperfocus, impulsivity, anxiety, or any of the many other real issues adults living with ADD deal with every day. However, many organizers, like myself, have been trained to understand and offer real solutions. When I work with a client who has ADD, I ask them to be open-minded and honest about the solutions I suggest. Some of the solutions will be phenomenal successes; some will be flops; some may work one day but not the next; some may seem difficult but the rewards pay off.
2. YOU CALL EXPERTS WHEN YOU NEED HELP.
The professional organizers who are trained to work with neurodivergent clients are experts in their fields. Research, classes, seminars, and lots and lots of hands-on experience provide these organizers with the tools to provide solutions. If you want to get fit and lose weight, you call a trainer or a nutritionist. If you want to increase your wealth, you call a financial advisor. If you want to get organized with your ADD, you call an organizer who is trained to work with you. But remember, we can’t diagnose ADD or any other condition and we certainly can’t give medicine. We can work with your team or your therapist to create positive changes, but we can’t tell you that you have ADD.
3. THERE IS NO JUDGEMENT.
Many clients feel judged when they have trouble getting organized under the best of conditions, but when you throw in ADD with its own list of symptoms, it can be even worse. If teachers, employers, or even partners don’t understand how your mind creates challenges for you, it can be incredibly difficult. Many clients report trying to get help in school but not receiving the desperately needed tools until much later in life. Some are frustrated with the situations in their marriage or at work and feel guilty for not being able to do things other people consider “normal.” Experienced organizers don’t judge. It’s as simple as that. We don’t judge any clients, especially the ones who call us seeking help.
4. THE CLUTTER IS BECOMING OVERWHELMING.
Clients with ADD are usually passionate enthusiasts…until the next exciting thing captures their attention. Because of this, there are usually many started yet unfinished projects. If the unfinished projects aren’t completed or put away, it can cause a bit of chaos. Too much chaos can cause problems at home or work, even if you are self-employed and working from home.
5. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS CAN SEE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES
We know that treating ADD is a fine line. ADD can make clients more creative, more enthusiastic, and more spirited. They can be more humorous and have more empathy. Even their problem-solving faculties may be more sharpened. An experienced organizer will focus on those strengths to find best solutions without losing a client’s spirit. Remember that it’s easier to teach a person with ADD to be organized than to teach a non-neurodivergent person to be creative.
If you have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD or if you think you have symptoms of ADD and want help getting your life organized, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org