My daughter has bipolar, and i don't know if that's related, but she's had issues since very young. We've worked with her throughout the years, but it's at an all time high. She goes through these manias where, at night, she thinks she's cleaning. The next morning, we wake up to find that a hurricane has come into our home.
I came up with my own plan of a system, so we could deal specifically with her things, but problem is staying motivated -- and even clear-headed -- when in her room. Heck, my husband brought in a case of paper towels yesterday, and we honestly didn't know where to put them.
I know we can do this, but what i don't know how to do is make myself stay in there with her. I'll end up leaving her in there alone five minutes after we start, and she doesn't know what to do; it all looks the same to her. She thinks it's important, whether it's an unmatched doll shoe, a pencil that's never been sharpened but is missing its eraser, or an American Girl Doll. I've got a counselor who's agreed to meet with her once or twice per week on the issue, but until I can get in here to keep us motivated, it's just a daydream.
Please tell me how to stay in the room and stay focused in the midst of clutter. I realized years ago that, for me, a cluttered room equals a cluttered mind, and I don't know how to handle it.