Friday, January 12, 2018

ADHD Daily: The Dishwashing Overflow

Not my house. I found this on Google.
But it's kinda similar.
So if you are anything like me, sometimes you just let the dishes pile up because you want to focus on fun stuff, and not mundane stuff like house work or laundry or dishes. So I thought I would share a couple of tips to help you get that stuff done so you can focus on more fun stuff. Here is what I would suggest you do first before you jump right in and start cleaning like the world is about to end and you have to find the only key to keep it from happening. 

First you should get out your Bullet Journal and set up a cleaning schedule so you can pick which days you're going to do what cleaning. Monday could be for the living room, Tuesday could be fore the kitchen, Wednesday could be for the bathroom. You get the idea.

When I am getting ready to do the dishes I try to organize them so that the biggest stuff gets done first and then make my way to the smallest stuff. Another thing I do, and this will tick off all the water conservation people, I don't fill up the sink with water. I set the faucet to the temperature I want it and then I wash the dishes until the water starts to run cold. I do this for two reasons, one you can't clean dishes in dirty water, and two it's a built in timer to keep me from getting to hyper focused on one task. That way you can wash dishes for 20 to 30 minutes and then take a break while you wait for the water to warm back up. Although if you have a great water heater that doesn't run out of hot water quickly, then you might want to set a timer to go off after 20 to 30 minutes. 

When I don't feel like doing the work, or if I am feeling overwhelmed. I just wash what's in the sink in front of me. Then I take the dishes in the other sink and then move them over and then I wash them, and then I wash anything else that needs to be done. I break down the task, so I won't get overwhelmed. When you have ADHD, it's easy to look at a task as a whole and then think you won't be able to get it done because it just too big, or you look at the sink full of dishes and can't find where to begin the task of cleaning everything. I know with my co-morbid condition of mild to severe depression along with my ADHD that finding the motivation to get started can be hard. So when I break down tasks into steps it makes it easier for me to get a task done. 

Doing the dishes is one of those mundane tasks that you have to do over and over again. It's hard to find that motivation to do something you just finished doing, so what I do is that I just wash them as soon as I get done with my meal. When you're doing them right away, it's less for you to worry about later and it creates a routine around the dishes. I know I'm not always able to find the energy to do it, but I also know I don't want to have the dishes taunting me from the sink every time I walk past it either. So I'm going to do the dishes as soon as I'm finished with them. The other bonus is that you won't have to go searching for a spoon or fork when you need one, or living off of paper plates and plasticware, which can be expensive.

What do you do to keep up on house work? What tips can you share for keeping up with the work around the house!

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