Double Up


I tend to believe that less is more and I don’t like to encourage anybody to collect too many things but there are certain household items that are almost impossible to keep track of and we tend to drive ourselves and whoever is around us crazy when we looking for them. I don’t know why this happens but I’m sure that it has something to do with ADHD. The good news is, there is a simple solution. Try doubling, or tripling up on the items that you can’t keep track of.

Have way more than one of the following items:

• Pens – you can never have enough of pens but throw out the ones that have dried up. Place them on your desk and around the house.

• Note Pads – We get so many great thoughts but if you have no place to write them down they tend to be forgotten. Keep a notepad on your desk and in every room of the house. The goal is to be able to find a pen and paper in under ten-seconds.

• Scissors – Try keeping one pair in the kitchen, two on your desk top, one inside your desk, one in the bathroom and one in the bedroom. If you have small children buy them their own.

• Keys – make extra sets of house keys and car keys and keep an emergency set in your wallet, a set at home and leave a set with a neighbor.

• Reading glasses – leave an extra pair at work, one at home and carry in your purse or briefcase.

• Flashlights – Keep one flashlight in every room of your house in case of emergency.

This list could go on and on. The next time you are going nuts searching for some lost item, resolve to have an extra one of those things and see if it helps.

Kathy Sussell is an ADHD coach in Brooklyn, NY. She helps teens, college students and adults with ADHD with time management, planning and prioritizing, getting started with and finishing tasks, organizing paper and objects and improving social skills. She is the organizer of the ADHD Women’s Meetup Group that meets every month in downtown Brooklyn. For more information visit her website: or email Kathy at

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