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NAPO Conference

June 1, 2015
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The NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) Conference has come and gone. It was held in Los Angeles, hence my photo of the Bonaventure Hotel. It was the first conference that I attended where I actually knew people. It is a much different experience going by yourself versus going with friends/collegues. I feel I garnered much more this time; ideas and concepts have been reinforced. I have been calling this conference “my ADHD Conference”.

It was a happy accident that half of the sessions that I attended were about ADHD. I say happy because I have been living with a man, my husband, who was diagnosed with ADHD years ago. Although I live it and know it to be true; it is always comforting to know that I am not making this stuff up and it is real,  the experiences and frustrations of living with someone who had ADHD.

Are you wondering what ADHD has to do with being a Professional Organizer?  Most people with ADHD are chronically disorganized.  They can’t see the forest for the trees. The butter can be right in front of them and they still won’t see it. Creating a home for everything became my mission for our situation because I became so frustrated; for example being asked where is this and where is that. On my own I realized that I had to make everything visable, easy to see. Therefore in eliminating clutter he would stop asking me where the butter is. But that doesn’t always work either. Some days he sees things and some days I am better off handing him everything; anticipating his next question and or move.

Many have not been diagnosed, and I feel as if those people makeup the majority of my clients. My husband wasn’t diagnosed until he was in his 20’s. I’ve been told that that is early! I enjoy working with people who are seeking clarity in their space. It just so happens that most of the people I work with exhibit characteristics of ADHD. They are smart, creative, and blessed with wit and incredible energy. Even with all of those positive traits those with ADHD have an incredibly difficult time finding their keys let alone organizing a closet or office desk. It is helpful for someone with ADHD to have someone guide them, creating spaces that make sense to them.

If you feel that you are lacking in focus, have difficulty making decisions or getting started, have a hard time prioritizing, or you have no sense of time; perhaps working with someone would help you create a space that functions better for you. Making you more productive in work, personal life, and with family.

If this sounds like you don’t be discouraged, ask an understanding friend or family member for help, or a colleague, or give a professional organizer a call. These challenges can be can be worked through.