I have a need….a need to clean (sometimes)!!

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Most of us with ADHD really don’t like cleaning as we lack the attention to detail that is usually required and we get overwhelmed.

I don’t know about other ADHDers, but I get a really weird urge to clean at random times once in a blue moon, which is really weird considering most to the time I border on being a slob. I don’t mean to be, but lack of attention to detail combined with no motivation means that things can left for a while. This is something I’ve had to try so hard to improve on since I’ve had the kids, because they learn from what they see.

Last Friday night, I had just put the kids to bed and was looking forward to a well earnt night of relaxing when suddenly I was overcome with an overwhelming urge to sort out all the mess lying in hide away nooks round the house. Yep, that’s right little miss messy suddenly wants to clean at 9 o’clock at night. It possibly was the stress of not being able to find my house keys for a week that did it, but still what to do? The kids were in bed, and it was supposed to be my time.

“As much as I hate tidying it drives me mad when I’ve lost something important and can’t find it!!”

ADHD Girl

Eventually, I decided that a good compromise would be to round up all the mess and dump it in the middle of the living room. One huge pile that couldn’t be left and ready to tackle the next day with the kids. The next morning the kids woke up to quite the surprise and after we had breakfast, we got stuck in. Not only did we tackle the big pile of mess relatively quickly, but we then moved on to the coat cupboard.


Now I just need to tackle my bedroom and the office while the kids are at summer camp. Oh and my washing machine broke on the Saturday so that added to the stress levels of what was supposed to be a super productive day, but hopefully that will be sorted soon.

Who knows when next time I’ll feel the need to clean, that’s why I tend to strike while the moments upon me. I’m hoping I’ll be feeling it when the kids are at a summer camp, but actually who knows?? I just think of all the things I could achieve if I feel so motivated all the time, not just with cleaning, but in every aspect of my life. I’d be unstoppable, I’d get so much done, I could probably rule the world, but then I suppose no one can have everything.

Plus if I did have a brain that motivated all the time combined with all the wonderful gifts that come with having ADHD, I’d probably be superhuman, and I just don’t think the world is ready for that yet.

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