New: The “Get Organized!” ADHD Partner Store

One certain way to ease your stress is working with your ADHD partner to ease his or her stress.  For many of us, that means organization strategies that work for the entire household.

I’ve just spent my Sunday morning shopping on Amazon for helpful products to get you thinking in terms of external structural support for your partner with ADHD.  (See the “Get Organized” box to the left.)

You might do very well organizing your personal items in drawers and cabinets, but most adults with ADHD need visual storage systems  (otherwise, items out of sight are also out of mind).  If you want to avoid clutter but your ADHD partner needs visual cues, the compromise might be neatly contained but highly visible solutions.

For example, I found  handy devices for

  • neatly storing electronic devices (complete with built-in chargers)
  • finding the keys, wallet, eyeglasses, etc. (more about that exciting discovery below!)
  • compactly storing garden tools (rakes, brooms, etc.)
  • sorting mail
  • remembering to take medication, and more

Look for my  personal picks  (many of which are mainstays in our house)  in the ”Get Organized” box to the left. Just click on a product to get more information; it won’t be added to your Amazon shopping cart unless you select it.

Finding the Lost Keys, Eyeglasses, Wallet, and More!

Given all the stories I’ve heard about missing-key trauma, it was particularly wonderful to discover a series of nifty devices for tracking down keys, eyeglasses, etc. Here’s the review one self-proclaimed adult with ADHD gave the  Find One Find All Key Finder, Wallet  Finder, Cell Phone Finder (but one variation of this gizmo):

As an adult ADHD’er, I’m constantly losing things; my doctor recommended I try out an item locator system. I purchased the FOFA, the EZ 2-Find and E-Z Find packs.I’ve been using the FOFA XD’s for a few months now, and have found it to be the best of all, with a few caveats. It ends up winning my vote, here’s my quick thoughts:

The Good:

  • Can find any device as long as you have one of the others (no need to look for the remote control to your device finder in order to use it to find your TV remote control).
  • Pretty easy to use & program once you get the hang of it.
  • Multiple devices are easy to add and configure in groups, etc.

The not so good (really my only gripe):
The keypads on the devices feel rather flimsy, and I’m not sure how long they might last.

In conclusion: Even though the remote controls feel flimsy, I’m thinking about buying a few more. I gave up on the others as I lost the remote all the time. I’d definitely give a five-star rating if it weren’t for the flimsy keypads.

But maybe your partner has no trouble finding the keys. Your partner’s problem is remembering to charge the cell phone.  Or keeping the tools organized (instead of sitting out in the yard growing rust).  Or finding the all-important proof of insurance and registration when pulled over for a traffic stop. Or. Or. You’ll find solutions in the Get Organized! ADHD Partner Store.

I welcome your suggestions for items  that you and your partner have found helpful! Please just scroll down to leave a comment.  (It’s easy. No registration necessary.)

Gina

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  1. Scott Hutson’s avatar

    I was just thinking about how nice it would be someday when GPS technology makes tiny stick-ons for things as little as a pin-head. Download it on any computer,laptop,cell-phone,etc… Type the name of item, and Ta-Da! A map pointing to location. Or a voice saying:”Look in your pocket Scott! Ya big dummy! :)

  2. Gina Pera’s avatar

    lol! Scott, I think I’d forget to put new batteries in a gizmo that called me a big dummy.

  3. Sarah’s avatar

    Thanks for the tips, Gina. I might get dh that keyfinder for his birthday — if he lives that long. lol!

  4. Betsy Davenport, PhD’s avatar

    That’s funny, Scott. For years I used a Palm Pilot, and happily. I got an app for it called, creatively, “Where Is It?” If you entered the location, there it would be. Some examples would be:

    Car insurance policy – Rt Hand File drawer, top
    Bulbs to kitchen track lights – Hall cupboard, 2nd drawer
    Bulbs to upstairs hall track lights – Upstairs linen closet, top shelf
    (I use those examples to illustrate how ridiculous it is in America to have so many unnecessary choices)
    Glass bookends – basement, box, labeled “disbursals”
    Mt. St. Helens ash earrings, present for X – dunno

    The hard part wasn’t entering the data. The hard part was remembering I had the list in the first place.

    Is there an app for that? When you don’t have it installed at the factory, I mean?

  5. Gina Pera’s avatar

    Good idea, Sarah. Let him live!! :-)

  6. Gina Pera’s avatar

    Excellent idea, Betsy.

    You know, my mother had an amazing memory. Seven children, a big house and yard, a business that always involved people calling her to resolve crises, and lots on her mind.

    Still, she remembered it all and hardly ever wrote a jot in a calendar. I don’t think she had a calendar, except maybe of the wall variety that she occasionally referenced.

    The downside of this depending on her memory all her life is that after her stroke, she had no “supportive” habits such as a calendar, etc. It was very hard on her and, I think the stress hastened her decline into stroke dementia.

    Of course, I guess it could be argued that even if she had diligently used a calendar, the stroke might have made her lose the habit. But many other habits that she had “hard wired” over her life remained. For example, even after living in a facility for years, she always carried her purse, and in it a wallet (no money), hanky, and lipstick. :-)

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