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Overwhelmed With ADHD

Okay, I cleaned up a bit for the photo ...
Okay, I cleaned up a bit for the photo …

I’m not good at titles. I didn’t mean to imply that ADHD is overwhelming me, just that I am overwhelmed … and I have ADHD.

I’m overwhelmed ’cause I’m doing my laundry. Ah, that’s not right either. Laundry isn’t overwhelming me, but I’m doing my laundry and I’ve been made aware that I have a lot to do in the next few months.

I was made aware of this because I’m doing my laundry. Arrrgh! Still not coming out right! I opened the laundry room cupboard to get my detergent and was assaulted by the cluttered collection of useless detritus piled high in that same cupboard. Then I realized that there isn’t an inch of my house that isn’t exactly the same as my laundry room cupboard.

And that has to be rectified

Why does that have to be cleaned up? Well, for starters, I don’t need all this stuff. I have the ADHD hoarders gene, I have trouble getting rid of things. It’s all too easy to look at something and imagine that I will need that someday soon … well, at least someday … okay, I might not need it if I keep it, but it’s an easy bet that I’ll need it the week after I give it away, sell it, or throw it out.

The second reason I need to get my house in order is for presentation. I am living in a 2000 square foot bungalow with a full basement, by myself, alone.

By the way, when I say full basement, I’m referring to the fact that it’s 2000 square feet like the main floor. Okay, it’s also full of stuff, I should have said “ […] with a FULL, full, basement.”

So I have to sell the place. Not only is it too big for one hoarder, but since I’ve been widowed it’s a sure bet that the bank will not renew my mortgage. I’m a freelance writer with priority issues and poor management skills, the very definition of “bad credit risk.”

But back to the overwhelming …

Did I mention the main floor of my cozy little bungalow is also full? Full of stuff. Mostly it’s organized by room. All my office things are in my office, but my office is also the sewing room so my sewing machine is in there too. The dining room is the catch all for things that need table space, research materials, income tax information for the last four or five years, warranties on tools and other purchases, things that need to be filed in the next year or three. My kitchen is huge, but it needs to be, I’ve got a lot of gadgets. As a perfect example of being me, I have three coffee makers on the counter at present, and they all work.

I could go on, but I won’t

So all this clutter needs sorting and dealing with, and it needs that done soon. Because I need to move out, move on, move up in the world … or at least keep on moving.

All this is way too much for me to be able to maintain a calm mind, I think my head is going to explode soon. But if it does,that will be my excuse for not getting my house in order. Stand back, it could go any minute.


Overwhelmed With ADHD

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2013). Overwhelmed With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2019, from


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