You are probably here because you took the brave step to acknowledge you or your loved-one needs support for the long-term struggle with disorganization.

 

Getting organized and building helpful habits are skills you can learn. However, reclaiming control over your schedule, stuff and sanity takes time, effort and patience.

 

Don’t worry, you are not alone in this battle against clutter.

 

There are many people out there who tried and tested systems or who studied for years and wrote books full of tips and strategies for the most challenging situations.

Here are some of my favorite books, podcasts and websites:

AD(H)D

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

 

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)

 

ADDitude Magazine: Inside the ADHD mind

 

Free Annual Online Conferences on ADHD for Women and Parents, ADHD Palooza

 

Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast

 

Book “Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder” by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D. – A must-read if you or your loved-one has ADD, written with humor, empathy and consisting of great insights in every aspect of the condition.

 

Book “ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life” by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. – This book addresses the unique needs of adults with ADD. In this easy read, two ADD experts offer practical organizing advice.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association

 

Alzheimers.net

 

Book “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline” by Dale E. Bredesen, M.D. – This book brings hope to a large variety of readers with exploring the science and offering a step-by-step plan that changes how we think about and treat AD.

Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

 

Calm App: Find Your Calm, Sleep More, Stress Less and Live Better

 

Headspace App: Stress Less, Move More, Sleep Soundly (HeadSpace)

Hoarding Disorder

International OCD Foundation (IOCD)

 

Book: “Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding”, David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, & Gail Steketee, second edition (Oxford University Press, 2014). My favorite self-help book for those who have symptoms of hoarding disorder. This easy read explains the phenomenon of hoarding to people who hoard and their families.

 

Book: “Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding”, by Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Bubrick and Jose Yaryura-Tobias (New Harbinger Publications, 2004). A book for people who hoard and for their families. This book provides background on the phenomenon of hoarding and gives direction on how to address it, both as self-help and as family intervention. Also helpful in developing a general understanding of hoarding or a plan for assisting someone who hoards.

 

Book: “Digging out: Helping your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring” by Michael A. Tompkins, & Tamara L. Hartl (New Harbinger Publications, 2009). Introduction to the concept of harm reduction – the improvement and not necessarily the elimination of a problem behavior—as it applies to hoarding behavior. Helpful when working with the client’s family and with clients who are unable or unwilling to fully dismantle their hoard.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

International OCD Foundation (IOCD)

 

Book “Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting over Frightening, Obsessive or Disturbing Thoughts” by Sally M. Winston – This outstanding self-help book incorporates scientifically tested strategies to get unstuck from disturbing thoughts and change your life.

Seniors

National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM)

 

National Aging in Place Council, Age in Place

 

Care for yourself while caring for an aging loved one, Care Giver Stress

National Safety Council, eliminate preventable deaths in homes

Time Management / Productivity

Podcast “Before Breakfast” with Laura Vanderkam

 

Book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen – This bestselling book on personal organization shares proven principles to attack professional and personal tasks. Allen’s inbox-zero method and 2-minute rule have made my life a lot easier. Defnitely a must-read for anyone in need of more control over their life.