Minimalism and ADHD

Someone just asked me in a FB group how does living a minimalist lifestyle help with my ADHD. Below are some examples in how it is helping me specifically, however if you want the short answer, it is this…

The less you own and have to keep track of, the less messy your environment can get. The less messy your environment is, the easier it is to locate things or get distracted by, which in turn reduces stress. Reducing your stress will lessen the impact that ADHD symptoms can have leaving you with more room for your brain to process information. 

Some personal examples:

  1. I suck at putting things away right   away. I’m working on it, but until I have firmly developed that habit, I at least have a spot for everything so that the task of picking up is less daunting.
  2.  I own one purse. Sure it might not always match my outfit, but honestly I really don’t care. What’s important is that I don’t leave my keys, glasses, or my planner in the wrong bag before I leave the house.
  3.  I have less dishes to put away which helps keep the kitchen looking somewhat sane. Especially now that I’m single, I tend to dirty every dish before I take the time to clean up. I’m working on developing the habit of emptying the dishwasher every morning while I brew my coffee, but I’m not yet consistent. Still it helps knowing that it won’t take long to clean up before I get distracted again.
  4. I also keep my kitchen counters bare minus the things I use every day. Of course if I wait to clean the dishes, the counters have dirty dishes on them! But when it’s clean, I only have my NutriBullet for my daily shakes, my French-press, and a roll of paper towels. Looks great when the kitchen is clean and it gives me more space to work with.
  5. I have to wash my laundry more often because I have less clothing to choose from. I tend to avoid doing laundry like the plague until I no longer have any clean underwear. Since I only have so much, I have no choice but to do laundry every week. What’s great is that I spend a lot less time doing laundry than I have in the past, and it motivates me to then put the clean clothes away.
  6. Overall I have less “stuff” lying around to distract me. I only keep the most recent bills and I shred everything else. I keep important papers that need immediate attention in my planner so I won’t forget.

Comments

One comment on “Minimalism and ADHD”
  1. Sacha Chavez says:

    I love this! I’m almost tearing up thinking “YES! This is so… me!”

    My husband and daughter have many things, clothes, etc….
    I’m a stay at home mom aspiring to start and run a business, educate our child, and assist my husband in HIS business.
    I have ADHD-Inattentive type, and was diagnosed late (age 20, now 32). I’ve have been trying to make my “job” at home easier/smarter, not harder. I’ve reduced dishes, clothes, toys, movies, and plain ole stuff (and not always greeted with smiles by my hubby). I’ve only been working on this minimalist journey for the last 5-6 years since I first heard about the tiny house movement (WANT!), and am still working toward a spot I feel more comfortable with, and feel less cluttered and stressed with.
    I’ve noticed that when I cut down on the STUFF we have in our home (even just what tiny bit I can) and how much I’m in charge of cleaning up and so on, that I think clearer, have more energy, but mostly for a short amount of time til it piles up again.(Making it a habit is a challenge with schedules changing regularly, but I seem to manage a lot of the time, but not always.)

    So, here’s a question I have in terms of ADHD and Minimalism:

    Is it too much to ask my family (husband and daughter) to develop more of a minimalist lifestyle in order to HELP me with being a stay at home? (I’m thinking my daughter possibly has some level of ADHD as well.)

    I’m sure it’d benefit all of us long term, and I know my ADHD tends to bother my husband a lot when I get to the point of overwhelm and stress with all the STUFF I’m in charge of cleaning up, or responsibilities I’m left to in the home.

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