The other day I noticed that one of my kitchen drawers was overflowing. There were so many potholders, oven mitts and dish towels, that every time I took something out, other items fell to the floor. Trying to close that stuffed drawer was like engaging in a Houdini act.
When I finally broke down and pulled everything out, I was honestly perplexed. Why on earth would I keep all these things when I had more than enough? And why is it such a challenge for me, and millions of others, to throw things out?
In the April 2013 edition of Attention Magazine, there was an article titled, “ADHD and Hoarding”. The author, Debbie Stanley, LPC, NCC, CPO-CD, made a distinction between hoarding and tendencies to collect, clutter, and be disorganized. Her fundamental point was that hoarding is about strong emotional attachment to things, often developed as a coping mechanism after a traumatic period in life. Due to the severe origin of the problem, addressing hoarding can be a slow and difficult process.
Clutter and ADHD
While some people with ADHD may fall into the category of hoarding, most do not. Instead, the clutter often begins as a “natural response” to intellectual curiosity. It’s common for those with ADHD to pursue many ideas and interests. While it’s a wonderful trait, the resulting living space can end up having piles of books and magazines (half-read!), multiple incomplete projects and mounds of unsorted papers. In addition, items are often kept out in full view to prevent the out of sight out of mind tendency. (If something is put away, not only may it be forgotten entirely, but also finding it again may take hours.)[…] Continue Reading