• Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition - Revised and Updated

  • Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized
  • By: Susan C. Pinsky
  • Narrated by: Erin deWard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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By: Susan C. Pinsky
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Organizing Solutions for People with ADD, 2nd Edition outlines new organizing strategies that will be of value to anyone who wants to improve their organizational skills. This revised and updated version also includes tips and techniques for keeping your latest technologies in order and for staying green and recycling with ease.

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are prevalent in society today, afflicting about 4.4 percent of the adult population - over 13 million Americans. Four out of every five adults do not even know they have ADD.

The chapters, organized by the type of room or task, consist of practical organizing solutions for people living with ADD:

  • At work: prioritizing, time management, and organizing documents
  • At home: paying bills on time, decluttering your house, scheduling and keeping appointments
  • With kids: driving them to various activities, grocery shopping and meals, laundry, babysitters, organizing drawers and closets
  • And you: organizing time for your social life, gym, and various other hobbies and activities
©2012 Fair Winds Press (P)2021 Tantor

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This is a very practical book

I loved this. Very practical. I listen at 2X speed. Narrator is good. Loved the advice and it’s been changing my life in the home.

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I want to love it but I can't

I really wanted to love this but I just can't. Being an adult female with ADHD this couldn't keep my attention for more than a few minutes. When I was actively listening I found the author a bit condescending at times and although she shares that her methods help those with ADHD and her daughter with ADHD you can clearly tell she does not suffer from it herself. I'm not saying that she isn't qualified but you can clearly tell by some of her wording that she doesn't understand it to its full capacity.

You really need to read between the lines with some of her suggestions and take some things she says with a grain of salt. For example, I love to cook and have gadgets and servewear that I don't use on a daily basis. To her I should throw them out because they don't get enough daily use. What happens when I have a large dinner party? Do I now go out and repurchase these items again?

Another example, I don't have a large house nor do I have a lot of storage space. I also don't have much space to create storage. Yes I can declutter and purge but that doesn't make my home any larger. No, I'm not comfortable with being okay with running out of staples and using tissues instead of toilet paper because it's not my day to go to the grocery store...I also have a toddler that wants different types of snacks on different days. While some are staples, they're not always the same.

The only helpful advice I really got from this is to make your organization work for you...

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Save your 6 hours!

I wish I could return this book, it’s awful! Worst advice ever and her voice is so know it all and beyond annoying!

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Makes a lullaby feel like heavy metal.

I was looking forward to organizing strategies as a person with ADHD. I am sure somewhere in this book are those strategies.

I'm befuddled how an author, whose audience is an ADHD population, would be so circuitous in her writing. Sleeeeepy from this.

I would love the cliff notes version if anyone has them.

I am sure there is good info but PLEASE chop off the rest.

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Not what I expected, but good

I did not expect this book to tell me about my home. The general narrative is about putting your things where they belong and optimizing physical spaces. Reducing belongings - sure, but there's no advice on how to stop procrastinating over this

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Finally an answer

Me? ADHD? Nah…
Well I think I’ve just been diagnosed. Seriously. What a breakthrough for me! Well organized and insightful. Suggestions make sense.
If you’ve struggled for years trying to get organized, this might be your answer.

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Outdated and unhelpful

I found a bit of helpful suggestions in this book. I do think the advice to keep organizing as simple as possible is solid, as is the suggestion to store things where you use them. However, it is also littered with useless outdated suggestions of how to organize your physical photographs, why it is wise to keep a china cabinet, etc. The author also seems to not consider the individuality of those with ADHD and instead prescribes them a one-size-fits-all approach. This of course will not work as we all have individual lives, interests, comorbidities and capacities for cleaning and organizing. While there is good advice in this book, I’m sure you could find the same advice and much more in any of the more recent, up-to-date books that have come out in the subject.

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Patronising garbage, no lived personal experience.

so terrible it's the first book in over a year I'll be refunding...now.

apparently I needed one more work.

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Outdated and dreadful listen.

They why behind methods working is probably why I gave this 2 stars. It’s a perfect listen if you need to fall asleep, don’t listen to while driving.

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Just Wow!! Great Book

What a very helpful Audible Book for organizing if you have ADHD!! I never thought about this until listening to some of the books on decluttering and they organizing. I’ve listened to several but this one explains why and how to get it done room by room and more!!

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  • The Blind Archaeologist
  • 07-19-21

Some good tips, mostly hidden in patronising rubbish

This book is heavily focused on American traditional families (two parents with kids), so as a single woman in my 40s I found a lot of the advice just wasn’t relevant to me. The bits that were helpful were sandwiched in between an incredibly patronising attitude towards people with ADHD which really put me off. I did listen to about 3/4 of the book (I skipped the chapters that related to areas of a home that I don’t have since I live in an urban flat) but would have preferred a five-page pamphlet to this.

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  • Aspirin 500mg
  • 11-10-21

Very disappointing

Not great as an audiobook. Especially for someone with ADHD. I would maybe buy it as a physical book however.

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  • Katie Peken
  • 10-12-22

Some useful ideas

Susan Pinsky admits that she does not have ADHD herself, and that she learnt organising techniques for people with ADHD from addressing her young daughter's organising struggles. That probably explains the somewhat patronising attitude, and her assumption that one-solution-fits-all.

Pinsky does make some useful suggestions that I will likely take on board. She urges radically limiting the amount of stuff the ADHD person keeps in their space, to minimise the steps required to retrieve or replace items. She also suggests leaving empty spaces (shelves, containers, etc), to allow for items in transition - waiting to be donated, returned, etc.

Pinsky seems so committed to ease of access and minimising steps that she doesn't allow the person with ADHD to aspire to a beautiful, peaceful or inviting home: everything must be kept in the open on shelves, in cheap plastic bins, or hung on nails. Even the kitchen rubbish bin is to live in the middle of the floor with no lid. As a person with ADHD I would find such an environment ugly and stressful - too much like a supermarket with a chaos of items shouting at me from every side.

Other authors on this topic acknowledge that ADHD-ers are individuals - they each have different issues and need different solutions. They also have a better understanding of the condition itself. So: worth a read, but not my favourite.