It’s always been something I’ve needed to make my life easier as a caretaker. It was a way to take back control of a stressful situation.
Devon is autistic, intellectually disabled, nonverbal, and incontinent. We keep some of his waterproof pads in a drawer in the living room and use them to protect the furniture before he sits down.
One day, before mealtime I pulled out the dining room chair and I said “hold on I have to get your pad”. He walked over to the drawer, opened it, and pulled out the pad!!! I was so shocked. I said “good job” and I started tearing up. Now, when we ask him to get his pad, he goes and gets it himself.
By setting up systems for everything in our home to have its place and following a routine, it set an example that I didn’t realize my son was absorbing. This is one of the many ways organization can improve lives.