Are you a creative woman? Do you struggle to find organising systems that work for you, and that STAY?
Find out how to use your innate creative powers to create systems that will be easy to maintain.
I am going to share the little known secret that every Creative ADHD woman needs to know.
The ADHD brain naturally over complicates things. This is a gift. It is part of your creative strengths. You see solutions where others see problems. When others see a striaght line, you see a roundabout route that leads to a totally different outcome.
You may have been struggling with your mess and clutter since you were very young. You may be struggling with self-doubt and wondering why can “everyone” around you create organised systems and maintain them, seemingly effortlessly?
Why can’t you work it out no matter how hard you try?
When I enter a client’s home for the first time, I have a good look around. I usually see items strewn about, with no rhyme or reason. With each client I see one common factor.
Most clients have no systems to store their belongings. If they do have systems, they are not working, hence their belongings are piled up and left lying around. With the right questions, I my clients share with me their creative hobbies. Some are actively pursuing creative hobbies. Many dream of doing so, but are so overwhelmed by their mess and managing their chaotic lives, that they haven’t “found” the time to nurture their creative side.
When I see mess, I see creativity. This is a creative home. This client is an artist. She hasn’t painted in years…
Your behaviour is brain based. The level of disorganisation in this room is an insight into my client’s thinking processes.
When the ADHD brain thinks creatively to create something new or solve a problem, it often does not think in a linear fashion. This is the strength of the ADHD brain. You may think in random dots, and then you join the dots together. Not only does the ADHD brain think “out of the box,” there is “no box” at all.
If this is how the ADHD brain works then this will be apparent in every situation. This explains why so many ADHD women struggle to create order and systems in their home and lives.
Your creative thinking processes can be seen in your physical environment. If you naturally think by joining dots together, that is how you will approach the day to day task of creating systems for your belongings.
This is a sign of your creativity. My clients see mess and chaos, and feel shame. I see creativity, potential, and inner genius.
You now have turned your failure at creating systems on its head! Your difficulty in creating systems is a sign of your creative strength.
To succeed in creating a workable organising system for your life, you will need to be ruthless in placing your belongings in clear categories or centres and storing them in containers where possible. You will need to SIMPLIFY your life.
Simplify every area of your life. No guilt here. When you simplify one area, you make more time for other more enriching tasks in your life.
You are not a failure, you just need a different route to solve your organising dilemma.
Read how Ellen learned how to simplify her life.
Ellen was frustrated that she was not spending enough quality time with James, her 14 year old son who has ASD. She targeted a specific time during the evening that she wanted to focus on him.
She also was not happy with her evening routine. She sensed that a lot of time was getting wasted; time that could be spent with her James.
Ellen identified what was working and what was not working. One of the evening tasks that was giving her stress was the ironing. I asked Ellen to recount in detail how she got the ironing done.
Ellen did not have a dryer. This was her current ironing routine:
- Do a wash.
- Hang washing up on the dryer rack.
- When dry, fold the clothes neatly to make it easier to iron,
- Put them into the ironing basket.
- Iron the clothes
- Fold neatly
- Put clothes into the cupboard or hang them up
Here is her current simplified method.
Do a wash.
- Hang the clothes that need ironing straight onto a hanger, and hang over the bath.
- Quickly touch up the creases if necessary. Keep the hanger on when ironing.
- Hang straight into cupboard.
With the old method Ellen’s stress level was around 7/10. With the new method, her stress level fell to 4/10.
The simplified method had a dramatic effect on her life. Ellen had more time to spend with James.
She realised that the ironing had blocked her from focusing on other more important areas of her home. She decided to tackle the paperwork which really needed sorting out.
This is how you move on in life; by simplifying one system to give you more time to focus on other more important areas of your life.