ADHD and Messiness: What You Need to Know

At a Glance

  • Many kids with ADHD are messy.
  • ADHD challenges can make it hard to get organized and keep things tidy.
  • There are strategies you can try to help your child be less messy.

Some kids are naturally neat. They keep their things fairly organized and try to avoid mess. Others aren’t always so tidy. But many kids with ADHD (also known as ADD) are messy most of the time, which can cause problems at home and at school.

Kids who can’t find their supplies in their messy desk at school might not have time to finish an in-class assignment. They might miss a field trip because the permission slip got lost in their overflowing backpack. And they might repeatedly get in trouble for having a messy room, even after being told to clean it up.

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