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Dealing with Clutter on the ADD Spectrum. Good thing I’m “retired.”


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Do, do, do. I’m supposedly retired, but still have so much to do. I can’t imagine being bored ever again. Except when I go somewhere and do something I don’t really want to do. Trying to not do that so much anymore. I saw a meme the other day that brought back memories of my old job. Let me see if I can find it.

Okay. I’m back. That took longer than I thought because I went to Facebook to find it and got distracted by this guy rescuing an antelope out of a mud pit.

Here’s what I went looking for:

work to death

I would never post that when I worked at the forever short staffed place. Now, it’s such a relief not to be in that craziness.

My response: NO.  No, I will NOT work myself to death.

Speaking of getting distracted, when I go to my parents house, which now belongs to me since they are happy together again in heaven, my ADD really kicks in. I’ve never been diagnosed with ADD and probably wouldn’t because it’s usually a mild case, and I’ve compensated well for it. But I think ADD is on a continuum, like the Autism spectrum. Except my continuum/spectrum theory is pretty broad. I know people who are introverts at heart who might be on the the spectrum… have just a tiny touch of autism, but would not be likely to be diagnosed. I might even be one of them.

But back to the ADD. My kids have more of it than I do. We have no H to go with it for hyperactivity. We are those spacey day dreamy types. I only have a tiny touch of it. But when I go to my parents house (my house now though I don’t live there) I get easily distracted. Because they have a lot of clutter. I’m not going to call it hoarding because their living room looks fairly normal. It’s just clutter. Clutter is on the low end of the hoarding spectrum. Or maybe it’s pre-hoarding. Yeah. I like that better. Because, hey, they grew up kinda poor around the “Great Depression” and you don’t through things away. Like my dad put things in his old empty Rx bottles. I found one Rx bottle full of those square, plastic things that you close bread wrappers with. Not the twisty ties, but the square things with the notch. Cause he figured he might have to use them one day for something.

Anyway, my goal yesterday was to clean in their house and porch to get ready for the “estate sale,” as I’m calling it. But I kept getting distracted by trying to organize items to sell. And then there are all the memories and sentimental artifacts. But my goal is to focus on one thing at a time. Cleaning. Then organizing. Then pricing. Good luck with that. I feel a sense of satisfaction when I can throw away a whole trash bag of “trash.” But I’m going to keep the Rx bottle of bread wrapper closers because it’s funny, and it doesn’t take up much room, unlike this typewriter my dad used probably right up until he died.


Its still works! Sort of.

Well, gotta go do stuff. So that’s it.

Thanks to Dan for filling in for Linda and giving us today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt: do/dew/due.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

28 thoughts on “Dealing with Clutter on the ADD Spectrum. Good thing I’m “retired.”

  1. This was a fun walk through your thoughts. I felt a bit like a ball getting bapped by a kitten, but I liked it.

    I was always accused of daydreaming. Oh well, at least they didn’t have medication for it back then.

    I had to laugh at the Rx bottle. I can picture that so clearly. I wonder if he saved them simply because they fit?

    Good luck with the estate sale. I can’t imagine the work involved. Thanks for joining the stream!

  2. What fixed ADD for me was getting smacked by one or more nuns in my grammar school days. Well, not exactly “fixed,” more like they got my attention.

    Great essay!

  3. Your post brought home to me lots of things which incudes the fact that I have ADD but it is sort of manageable. I actually throw away things but sometimes regret doing so when I figure out that I threw away something that I actually needed. When that happens it puts a stop on getting rid of “stuff” until I finally get the nerve to get rid of junk again. As that saying goes what is one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. I must begin again and I now have the guts to take or give away clothing that I’ll never wear again. I am detesting seeing old and faded things hanging in the closet.

    I enjoyed this post a lot.

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 My discarding the old comes in spurts. Sometimes powerful spurts that push beyond the what ifs ever so briefly. I do enjoy the uncluttered spaces of my my life.

  4. Love the meme. Very funny. It is hard work to sort through a lot of stuff like that. If you are like me, you look at something and then memories come back, and you find yourself taking forever to get through a pile of stuff. I know I am the dreamy type. 🙂

  5. Hi sweetie! I missed visiting with you but I’ve been focused! Lol. Doing my best, anyways…
    I wish you a lot of support from others to help with the estate 🏡 much love to you, Ka

  6. This is so accurate and I agree with you on the spectrum comment. We all have a degree if ADD. My trainer and I joke about it often and we found this meme…

  7. My clutter is chronic and out of control. I can’t stand it, and always intend to clear it, but end up spending my free time doing anything else. I feel like you just described me, sort of

    • Mine is chronic and generational. Whether it’s out of control would depend on the eye of the beholder. I have my best success when I make an appointment with myself to work on a specific area. Even though I like the results, it often seems like there are much more important things to do. Oh, well.

  8. I loved this post! I smiled and laughed quite a bit, really enjoyed your continuum theories.
    I’ve read job descriptions that sound exactly like, “Give up your life and move here” to work! lol Ferreal!
    Anyway, love this post! 🙂

  9. I enjoyed this so much: you have a knack for making readers feel at home with you (or in your parents’ home). I could so relate to the undiagnosed ADD part.

  10. I get this a lot… Especially when I am moving (happened on a yearly basis for a few years) and oh boy! It brings a different lot of emotions – fun and tears work well. Perhaps I have a mild ADD sitting undiagnosed after all.

  11. Sounds like you have been busy busy.. and laced with humour too.. I hope the property sale goes through ok… Much love being sent xx

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