House Lifestyle

Household Changes to Make in 2022

“[V]alue the ease of putting something away above the ease of finding it…”Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD by Susan C. Pinsky

To Do

Stuff to Set Up

  • Name the kitchen shelves
  • Install hooks for jackets / hats / robes / towels in bedroom, bathrooms, by front door
  • Create an Active Paperwork area
  • Replace toilet paper holders with ones without a spring to load
  • Get lidless, clear plastic tubs or open- front stacking bins to corral items

Habit Change

  • Designate a spot in the house that’s allowed to always be messy
  • Buy only items for which you have an imminent plan or need
  • Designate a weekly time for admin


The Art of Showing Up by Rachel Wilkerson Miller:

  • What messy, cluttered, or dirty areas in your home make you feel bad or make life more difficult?
  • What specifically makes you low-key mad every single day?
  • What gets in the way of cooking?
  • What causes tension?
  • What makes it harder to engage in or enjoy the other things you care about?
  • Rate how you feel about each chore on a scale of 1 to 10

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD by Susan C. Pinsky:

  • Can I find what I need? Where would a stranger look for this?
  • Is this storage conveniently located? Where does this item most often get used?
  • Is it easy to retrieve and put away? How can I make it more visible?
  • Does this storage require little or no maintenance?
  • How can I change this room so I can tidy it in 2 minutes?

Designing a joyful home:

  • What kinds of moments do I want more of in my life?
  • Where specifically do those happen?
  • How can I change my house to create opportunity for more of those moments?

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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