HA! I’m on time this week!
So, before my parents knew I had Asperger’s, they knew I needed to do better in school. So we tried all manner of things – which is a long and delightful story for another day, assuming I haven’t told it already. I’ll be the first to admit I have a serious problem of forgetting what I’ve told to whom, so I’ll often repeat stories to people who already know it by heart.
Anyway, one of the things we tried out was a study skills book that seems relatively solid. One of the things it postulated was organizing your room to act as a sort of headquarters or mission control (roll credits). This made a lot of sense and still does to me. For starters, Asperger’s is a sensory disorder at its heart and one of the things that regularly sets me off is seeing disorganized things. I want things to have a system, to be neatly stacked in appropriate categories, and when they aren’t it upsets me. Just another stressor on the mountain I’ve already got.
Of course this by no means is saying I’m an organized person. My room has generally been a haven for random clutter scattered about, simply because I’m otherwise occupied when I bring things into it and as such don’t feel like I have the time to organize it. A while back though, I got it into my head that I was going to organize my entire room – I think this was when I originally moved into my current one – and did so.
Boy did it ever make the difference. My room was now not only the place where I lived, but the place where everything else residing within it existed according to my rules. Not a single object got left in my room without a home and it was glorious. You really have no idea how relaxing it is, how at peace it makes everything.
Of course, the problem here is that while the results are wonderful, it’s the process that seems to be an issue. I was fortunate enough to have the convenience of a new room to move into that allowed me to take the opportunity to square things away and all, but I’m not sure how I would have done it had I not had such a ready-made opportunity. I might not have managed it at all.
I’ll have to figure it out again though, because clutter has slowly been re-invading my room and I’ve got to put a stop to it. Dividing it up into small tasks seems to work for now – I put a big pile of books I rescued from what would otherwise have been thrown away in their proper places on the shelf and that’s already made an improvement. Anyway, seeing as it’s helped me I figured some of my readers might want to hear about it. Why not? I hope you all have found some use in this blog post and that you have a wonderful day.