Book Review — “Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder”

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This book is excellent. It had some core ideas that were new to me, and I felt myself bristling at some of the suggestions: leave things out? Just get rid of those rarely used spices? Put coats in baskets if people just won’t hang them up? It’s good to remember that systems and strategies that make sense and work well for many people often don’t work for people with ADD.

The author, a professional organizer, has a daughter with Attention Deficit Disorder, and a large client base of people with ADD — and she clearly has a lot of experience in all aspects of the struggle to help this unique population live in a more functional environment. The two themes she emphasizes are 1. have less stuff, and 2. streamline the process required for any task. Words to live by for all of us, but critical for folks with ADD and their families. In example after example, she outlines practical ways in which these themes can be put in place all over the home.

This book is laid out in an ADD-friendly way: color-themed sections address different areas of the home; there aren’t huge blocks of text to get lost in; and critical ideas are repeated, and picked out of the text and highlighted in boxes. The book can be read in order, or very easily be thumbed through for ideas for a specific challenge or area of the home.

I highly recommend this book.

Margaret said,

November 15, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

How great to learn about a book that not only recognizes that organizing is not a one-method-fits-all task, but which actually makes some attempt to design *itself* in a way that is accessible.

Thanks for the heads-up!

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