With its clear, easy-to-follow layout and images, Pinsky’s “Organizing for People with ADHD” is a firmly recommended favorite on my organizing bookshelf.
Pinsky’s experiences as the mother of a child who has ADHD and as a professional organizer who works with ADHD clients clearly shine through in the contents of her work. The book is divided into two parts:
- Part 1: “Organizing for the disorganized,” which outlines her ADHD-friendly methodology.
- Part 2: “Individual Projects,” which is arranged by room or project and highlights common organizational problems experienced by her ADHD clients and solutions to these problems.
Instructions and steps are broken down into short, manageable steps. The text is accompanied by photographs of the illustrated points. These are real photos, for real lives – not styled photos for a magazine shoot or home organization catalog. As noted in the book, “the ADHD client must be wary of those organizational systems that, although pretty, are neither practical nor sustainable.” Examples of Pinsky’s philosophy (and sense of humor) are seen in her advice:
- Clean sponges, dishtowels, and dishcloths can be kept jumbled and unfolded, under the sink in a plastic dishpan. There is no need to fold your clean dishtowels; as long as they are in a roomy, segregated, and dry space, they are organized enough.
- Your desktop is the most valuable real estate in your home; do not clutter it with decorative figurines and family photos. After all, you wouldn’t wear a ball gown to fix the carburetor.