If you have ADHD, or know someone with ADHD, you all know how these individuals don’t like cleaning. It’s a task that I avoid as much as I can, and I’m sure I’m not the only one with ADHD who loves to avoid cleaning.
Yes, we all know that it’s something that we have to do. We all know we shouldn’t be leaving dirty dishes in the sink for months. We know we have to take out the garbage and recycling. We know we have to do laundry, fold them and put them away.
As adults, we know that these are all things that we need to do and are things that come with being an adult. However, as adults with ADHD, it’s not something that we enjoy doing. It’s not something that come easily to us.
Just like so many others with ADHD, I don’t like cleaning. I avoid it. And I know that it bugs my husband to death. He doesn’t like it at all. And I know how much it’s irritating him. We’re opposites in this way. He likes things so much cleaner than I do. And I do feel bad.
However, that being said, I have come to a point where I don’t like messes as much as I used to. I used to be such a messy person, and now I can’t stand it as much as I used to. It doesn’t bother me as much as it does my husband, but it does bother me more than it did when we first met 12 years ago. So there is some progress. It might be slow, but there is progress and I’m focusing on that.
There are things that I want to try and do and get into the habit of cleaning everyday. I’ll start with doing a little everyday and then build from that.
One trick that I have found and would like to do is doing it increments. Setting a timer for like 15 minutes, focusing on one task, and do as much as possible in that time. For someone with ADHD, like me, I feel like this could be beneficial, as I have a difficult time doing so much in huge chunks of time.
There are so many more tips out there for those with ADHD who struggle with getting any cleaning done. And I feel that this might affect most with ADHD. Maybe I’m wrong, but I just feel that many would struggle with these tasks.
I do want to try a few different tricks and see if they help. The reason being is that I know cleaning is part of being an adult and I do want to help my husband with that. It’s something that I should have been doing for a while, but I guess it’s better a little late than never.
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