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Cleaning with ADHD or Autism: My Top 3 Resources

If you're overwhelmed at home, please know that cleaning with ADHD or autism isn't straightforward. There are a lot of neurodivergent people who struggle with organizing because the systems that work for most neurotypical people don't usually work for us. Here are some resources that I'd recommend for getting organized with ADHD or autism (and of course I'm always happy to help you develop specific goals and accountability too!)

(Affiliate statement: I'm recommending these resources because I've actually used them and found them helpful myself. If you click on one of my affiliate links (like Amazon or Bookshop) and make a purchase, I may receive a commission for referring you.)

1. Unf*ck Your Habitat

unfuck your habitat adhd autistic cleaningThis resource was originally put together for drastically overwhelmed neurodivergent folks and is an excellent place to start. I especially recommend their mini-challenges and/or their "emergency" cleaning method as great ways to get something done you can feel good about as you get on the road to routine. Learn more at https://www.unfuckyourhabitat.com/, or check out the book on Amazon or Bookshop.

 

2. Judith Kolberg

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Judith Kolberg is credited with launching an entire field of professional organizing specifically dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals who are challenged by chronic disorganization (CD). She's a professional organizer who's worked on cleaning methods with lots of ADHD people and has written a few manuals on organizing for neurodivergent brains. I especially recommend Conquering Chronic Disorganization (Amazon) and/or ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life (Amazon or Bookshop), whatever's easier to get into your hands/ears.

 

3. Allie Casazza

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Allie Casazza is a minimalism writer who has some amazing resources, including courses, books, and an excellent podcast. Although it's not obvious from her website, she identifies as ADHD, and has a huge website full of tips for cleaning and organizing with ADHD.
Some starting points:

What are your favorite cleaning or organization resources for neurodivergent people? Leave recommendations in the comments!

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