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Do you walk in a room to organize and find yourself paralyzed and overwhelmed? Do you find yourself spending money on organizing solutions that don’t work? Do you feel like you put in effort but never make any progress? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, and yet for some reason, you just can’t get started. Organizing isn’t easy. And having ADHD doesn’t make it Do you walk in a room to organize and find yourself paralyzed and overwhelmed? Do you find yourself spending money on organizing solutions that don’t work? Do you feel like you put in effort but never make any progress? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, and yet for some reason, you just can’t get started. Organizing isn’t easy. And having ADHD doesn’t make it any easier. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you have ADHD and you’ve been struggling with organization, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. It just means it’s time to try working with your brain instead of against it. That means: • Understanding how your mind works • Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses • Finding the strategies that work for you In her latest book, Lisa Woodruff explores the executive functions of the mind that directly affect your ability to organize your home: flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, task initiation, planning, and organization. Along the way, she provides tips and strategies for overcoming obstacles—tools you can use to get the organized house you’ve been dreaming of. A professional organizer, productivity coach, and former teacher, Lisa Woodruff knows that organization is more than just 15-minute daily tasks or cute ways to use fun containers. She’s successfully parented, taught, and professionally organized people who struggle with ADHD, and she has been able to help hundreds of women in Cincinnati, Ohio—and thousands of women around the world—get their homes organized and keep them that way.


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Do you walk in a room to organize and find yourself paralyzed and overwhelmed? Do you find yourself spending money on organizing solutions that don’t work? Do you feel like you put in effort but never make any progress? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, and yet for some reason, you just can’t get started. Organizing isn’t easy. And having ADHD doesn’t make it Do you walk in a room to organize and find yourself paralyzed and overwhelmed? Do you find yourself spending money on organizing solutions that don’t work? Do you feel like you put in effort but never make any progress? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, and yet for some reason, you just can’t get started. Organizing isn’t easy. And having ADHD doesn’t make it any easier. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you have ADHD and you’ve been struggling with organization, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. It just means it’s time to try working with your brain instead of against it. That means: • Understanding how your mind works • Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses • Finding the strategies that work for you In her latest book, Lisa Woodruff explores the executive functions of the mind that directly affect your ability to organize your home: flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, task initiation, planning, and organization. Along the way, she provides tips and strategies for overcoming obstacles—tools you can use to get the organized house you’ve been dreaming of. A professional organizer, productivity coach, and former teacher, Lisa Woodruff knows that organization is more than just 15-minute daily tasks or cute ways to use fun containers. She’s successfully parented, taught, and professionally organized people who struggle with ADHD, and she has been able to help hundreds of women in Cincinnati, Ohio—and thousands of women around the world—get their homes organized and keep them that way.

30 review for How ADHD Affects Home Organization: Understanding the Role of the 8 Key Executive Functions of the Mind.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I did not find this book very useful. The book reads as an infomercial for her podcast and blog. Part of the reason for purchasing a book is to have all the information in a condensed format instead of having to fish it out from multiple sources. Ironically a book about ADHD takes a lot of concentration just to keep track of all the different podcasts she references. Additionally, none of the information she gives is really groundbreaking. The only tip I had never heard of is the “Sunday Basket” I did not find this book very useful. The book reads as an infomercial for her podcast and blog. Part of the reason for purchasing a book is to have all the information in a condensed format instead of having to fish it out from multiple sources. Ironically a book about ADHD takes a lot of concentration just to keep track of all the different podcasts she references. Additionally, none of the information she gives is really groundbreaking. The only tip I had never heard of is the “Sunday Basket” where you take all of your paperwork, mail, and notes for the week and put them in a centralized location (laundry basket in her case) and pick a set day to review and prioritize them (she likes Sunday’s). Overall I found this book to be a waste of time and money. If you are interested in learning about the author, just search for her blog or podcast and save yourself a few dollars and hours of your life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    To the concept of limiting my "passion projects" to 1-3, I say: over my dead body. This is a really straightforward book, though, and I have rarely felt so seen. I do have problems with my working memory, so naturally, I am having trouble remembering the things I found frustrating (besides the passion project bit, which I made a note of), but I remember feeling a little mistrustful because, as she readily admits, she is not a doctor and does not have ADHD. She does seem very knowledgeable, though To the concept of limiting my "passion projects" to 1-3, I say: over my dead body. This is a really straightforward book, though, and I have rarely felt so seen. I do have problems with my working memory, so naturally, I am having trouble remembering the things I found frustrating (besides the passion project bit, which I made a note of), but I remember feeling a little mistrustful because, as she readily admits, she is not a doctor and does not have ADHD. She does seem very knowledgeable, though. It's definitely worth reading, if it seems like a subject of interest.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Although the book delves into ADHD and how it affects Housekeeping; I feel this book - really a booklet, is more an infomercial for the authors Organization business. Basic getting started info, but not enough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alison Rowland

    This book ony gets two stars instead of one because the author does have some helpful tips. However, a plug for her paid services and content on every other page had me rushing to get my money back for the ebook purchase while I still could. Why tell us to listen to her podcast for inspiration when here we are, reading her book in hope of the same? This is lazy authorship. Woodruff puts off her audience when she makes presumptions about what ADHD must feel like on the inside without having it her This book ony gets two stars instead of one because the author does have some helpful tips. However, a plug for her paid services and content on every other page had me rushing to get my money back for the ebook purchase while I still could. Why tell us to listen to her podcast for inspiration when here we are, reading her book in hope of the same? This is lazy authorship. Woodruff puts off her audience when she makes presumptions about what ADHD must feel like on the inside without having it herself, and without backing up her observations with either interviews or quotes from those who do have it, nor citing any scientific or medical research on the condition. At points she even brags about her ability to organize, and dumbfound friends and clients with her ability and speed, a superfluous and tone-deaf inclusion that risks belittling the very audience she purports to help. Woodruff no doubt has a better grasp on the effects of ADHD than the average person, but her writing belies the limits to her empathy. This book needed better research and a better editor.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christina Foster

    An Incredible Resource! I am a 37 year old wife and mother with ADD. Organization is definitely not my strong point, and my disorganization has pretty much taken over my life. Lisa Woodruff explains through her book, why I have such problems with organization, and how I can work with my brain and thought processes rather than against them. The tools discussed in this book have the potential to be life changing if implemented. I highly recommend this book to those individuals with ADHD or ADD, who An Incredible Resource! I am a 37 year old wife and mother with ADD. Organization is definitely not my strong point, and my disorganization has pretty much taken over my life. Lisa Woodruff explains through her book, why I have such problems with organization, and how I can work with my brain and thought processes rather than against them. The tools discussed in this book have the potential to be life changing if implemented. I highly recommend this book to those individuals with ADHD or ADD, who find organization a daunting and overwhelming task. While this book is geared towards women, I feel like it would be helpful to anyone needing help organizing his or her home.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elly

    Interesting short book, I listened to the audiobook. I got a lot from this book. Not so much on how to do organization but more on why organization could be difficult, and not only for people who suffer from ADHD. Then why not 5 stars? Two reasons. First, this is not based on any research, but on, granted extensive, personal experience of the author. Second, the author often referred for more information to podcasts she has published. As I am a listener of her podcast, this is not a real problem Interesting short book, I listened to the audiobook. I got a lot from this book. Not so much on how to do organization but more on why organization could be difficult, and not only for people who suffer from ADHD. Then why not 5 stars? Two reasons. First, this is not based on any research, but on, granted extensive, personal experience of the author. Second, the author often referred for more information to podcasts she has published. As I am a listener of her podcast, this is not a real problem for me, but it might have been better to give more information in the book and maybe have a list of related podcasts as an appendix. For those who don't know her, Lisa Woodruff has a company that sells successful programs and products for paper- and home organization. She mentions several products in the book, and gives them attention in the 3rd part describing products, but also mentions other products (not directly similar to her own). Again, this was not a problem for me, and I knew this before I bought it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Jacobson

    Very interesting This book really helped me understand how my ADHD has affected my continued organizational process. People will come in my office and say "oh you are so organized" little do they know that it won't stay that way very long! I can't seem to put things away. I'm always in a hurry so it goes on my desk and soon it is stacked high! Same with my bedroom and studio. I learned a lot about myself and have a few practical solutions to help break the cycle. I especially like the Sunday Bask Very interesting This book really helped me understand how my ADHD has affected my continued organizational process. People will come in my office and say "oh you are so organized" little do they know that it won't stay that way very long! I can't seem to put things away. I'm always in a hurry so it goes on my desk and soon it is stacked high! Same with my bedroom and studio. I learned a lot about myself and have a few practical solutions to help break the cycle. I especially like the Sunday Basket idea. You'll have to read the book to find out what that is!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Edith

    At first, I liked this book, it is well written. However, I did not like the many mentions of the podcast. I am a visual learner and not a auditory one, otherwise I would not have bought this book. I stopped reading after I read ‘You can develop a muscle memory for your daily organizing time.’ And: ‘The more that you can create a routine, the more your body will start to play along and help you get started.’ I have yet to meet someone with ADD/ADHD who is able to do this. I am 50 years old and s At first, I liked this book, it is well written. However, I did not like the many mentions of the podcast. I am a visual learner and not a auditory one, otherwise I would not have bought this book. I stopped reading after I read ‘You can develop a muscle memory for your daily organizing time.’ And: ‘The more that you can create a routine, the more your body will start to play along and help you get started.’ I have yet to meet someone with ADD/ADHD who is able to do this. I am 50 years old and still struggle with automatizing simple tasks as brushing my teeth.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    So many great ideas that I am going to utilize. Breaking things in to small pieces really is so smart especially for someone with ADHD. I know for myself personally I get ideas that are really big that I get excited about for a little, then get really overwhelmed and never accomplish it. This book gave me a different perspective of what I can do to help with that, and ultimately get my life more organized. I am excited to start listening to the podcast as well for more ideas.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Simple, straightforward organization advice Fantastic resource for anyone who struggles with organizing - whether you have ADHD or not! I'm looking forward to the author's next book. Don't miss the author's extras at the Web link to her site. Only one small gripe: not enough Android cross-platform app options. Not everyone has IOS. Simple, straightforward organization advice Fantastic resource for anyone who struggles with organizing - whether you have ADHD or not! I'm looking forward to the author's next book. Don't miss the author's extras at the Web link to her site. Only one small gripe: not enough Android cross-platform app options. Not everyone has IOS.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Miller

    Great book for people who struggle . This book is great even if you don't think you have adhd . It explains how your brain works against you getting organized and how to overcome this. It also has podcast references you can listen to if you want more detailed help or just learn better by listening than reading. Great book for people who struggle . This book is great even if you don't think you have adhd . It explains how your brain works against you getting organized and how to overcome this. It also has podcast references you can listen to if you want more detailed help or just learn better by listening than reading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michele Cacano

    I vacillated on giving this 3 or 4 stars, but ultimately, I think there is enough useful information in here to go for 4. I like the clean, concise presentation. No repetition to speak of, which is saying something when it comes to this type of book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Raven Kropf

    This book is a teaser... In this book the author references tips and systems but never goes into enough detail to make it actionable. This book is essentially a way to drive readers to her website to sign up for her various online programs.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Very basic, but some good ideas in here. I love the concept of the "Sunday Basket" and that will probably be the first step that I start with. There are several good resources for apps, blogs and other tools to help in your quest to organize your home. Very basic, but some good ideas in here. I love the concept of the "Sunday Basket" and that will probably be the first step that I start with. There are several good resources for apps, blogs and other tools to help in your quest to organize your home.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jean

    I listened to this book on audio, which I don’t recommend because you’ll want to write things down. Overall there were some good tips here but too much promotion of other products and services that the author provides and too much “ go to my website if you want to know more”.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Kind of patronising, very jumbled, doesn't seem to have more than a superficial understanding of ADHD. Very little detail, not at all systematic in approach, and keeps referring you back to their podcast. Kind of patronising, very jumbled, doesn't seem to have more than a superficial understanding of ADHD. Very little detail, not at all systematic in approach, and keeps referring you back to their podcast.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Jay

    Not a lot new here So-so. Some interesting information, but mostly kept referring back to her podcast. Not a whole lot of tips beyond the Sunday basket idea.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carey Cave

    Great Book There were very few paragraphs I had trouble getting through. This will help you get started organizing and finish it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This one is okay, it is not very thorough though and didn't give me any new ideas for my child. But it's a decent guide if just looking for the very basics. This one is okay, it is not very thorough though and didn't give me any new ideas for my child. But it's a decent guide if just looking for the very basics.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Morris

    Great Resource I was recommended this book to help me understand my organizing challenges with my ADHD. It was everything I expected and more!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holli Keel

    Not enough usable information. You have to buy her system to get real help.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Balaban

    Easy to read guide with useful resoures I felt like this guide held my attention while I was reading it. I thought it had useful suggestions for tips that I am excited to try out.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laurie P. Burke

    Excellent for ADHD folks Will be really helpful for all my patients who struggle with organization. Short and sweet is the way to go!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Chiloyan

    Useful tips Easy to read, useful easy to understand tips that may act as a springboard to more thorough organization of one's life. Useful tips Easy to read, useful easy to understand tips that may act as a springboard to more thorough organization of one's life.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tom Barrett

    Decent book, some gems of information, but it felt short. Would have benefitted from some more stories and examples.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean Flatley

    A good read. A quick refreshing reminder and learning more about adult with ADHD. I will definitely be rereading this book again soon. Best

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allen

    Useful The book is well organized and clearly written. An easy read. Gives sufficient information to be useful without being overwhelming.

  28. 5 out of 5

    janeann fessler

    Needed This! This book changed my view of myself. I now understand my reason for my clutter. Now I can fix it

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori M. DeMonbreun

    Excellent Book Love her unique techniques and suggestions. I've read a lot of organization books.... and Lisa Woodruff's book is the best. Excellent Book Love her unique techniques and suggestions. I've read a lot of organization books.... and Lisa Woodruff's book is the best.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily J

    Quick read and very insightful, even for myself that is not diagnosed ADHD.

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