Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Organising with health problems

I'm working smart today and making this my Works for me Wednesday post!

Jo has left a new comment on your post "Fall Y'all bloggy giveaway - a virtual organising ...":

My organizing question is- how does a mom of three, who has cancer and health problems, become good at organzing despite her Adult ADD? Tough one I know but one I battle constantly. WANT to organize, exhausted all the time, start something and never finish. I just want to get things done for once.

Here's what I sent Jo in an email but I'd love you all to also pitch in with your ideas.

Hello again and thanks for your great question.
  1. If you know HOW to organize (have systems and so forth), then I’d get some highschoolers in, pay them minimum wage and get them to do it according to your specifications.

  2. Can your relatives help?

  3. Advertise on your blog for someone good at organising/ professional organiser to come in and help you – maybe do an hour or two free and you can do a nice testimonial for them.
The main thing is that once the systems are there, you can get anyone to “follow your rules” even if you physically can’t do so.

Readers - please share your ideas in the comments! Thanks.

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Melonie said...

Depending on how old the children are, I'd say recruit them into the organizing. For instance, I taught my girls their colors and clothing names as tots by teaching them to sort laundry with me. This came in real handy when daughter #2 was born via emergency C-section - daughter #1 was about 5 years old and was able to help out by automatically using my sorting system when she tossed clothes in laundry baskets - she was also a great boon in getting laundry from the washer to the dryer and out of it, as I was unable to bend over easily for a while. The dryer door was right at her height, as were the baskets, which she'd push to the edge of the stairs for me to "bump" downstairs and fold.

If you know what kind of systems you want in place - and you keep them fairly simple - the whole family can help you maintain and hopefully you will be able to focus on your health, not the systems and chores.

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queenoftheclick said...

I think getting someone to come and set up the organization is important. It will be too big of a job for a Mom who is so consumed with children and a serious health problem, as well as ADD. Once it is set up, have the children help you keep the place organized.