Moving House? Helpful Tips for People With ADHD
Moving house can be hard for even the most organised person, but if you have ADD or ADHD, moving can be extremely difficult. Luckily, there are tips that can help you. Take a look at these helpful strategies to make your move go more smoothly:
1. Focus on the end goal to avoid procrastination.
Unfortunately, many people with ADHD tend to procrastinate, and eventually the looming deadline either convinces them to get everything done at the last minute or it causes them to break down.
If you tend to procrastinate, try to focus on the end goal and how happy you will feel once the job is done. New research on procrastination shows this strategy to be useful.
2. Gather the right tools.
Before you start packing, set yourself up for success by having the tools that you need. Invest in an ample number of boxes and make sure that you have tape, scissors, a marker to label boxes and newspaper or other packaging materials. If you start without all of the tools you need, you may get distracted as you are constantly stopping to gather new things.
3. Schedule short, manageable work sessions.
If you have a hard time staying focused because of your ADD or ADHD, schedule your work sessions in short, manageable chunks of time. For example, plan to work in fifteen minute increments several times a day.
4. Create a list of small packing goals.
Alternatively, create a to-do list of short goals, hang it on your fridge and work through them one at a time. A large goal is "pack the bedroom" while small goals, in comparison, can be things such as "pack the bedroom closet", "pack the chest of drawers", "pack the desk" or "disassemble the bed".
5. Use multiple containers to stay organised.
Whether you are packing a desk, a closet or anything else, you should always have at least three containers on hand. The first container should be the box for items you are bringing to your new home, the second container should be a rubbish bin for items you want to throw away, and the third container should be for items you want to give away or donate.
6. Consider getting personal help.
To help you stay organised while you pack and prepare for moving house, consider getting professional help. Removalists can lift the burden of focusing and staying organised off of you, freeing you up for other jobs. Their help can also help to temper your anxiety, a common side effect of both moving and ADHD.