Moving Tips for my Neurodivergent Peeps y’all
(This is after I moved from my home with mom to an apartment)
PLAN. MAKE A PLAN. TALK THROUGH THE PLAN IN YOUR HEAD. Literally I would have been so much more panicked without my strict plan
Good roomies - personally this wasn’t an issue for me, because me and my bestie had already decided to move into together like a year ago, but def find someone who knows or is willing to know ur quirks and help out during panic attacks, sensory overloads, etc
This one is optional, but pets help too. I brought my rabbit, and having to take care of him added to a sense of familiarity I wouldn’t have had otherwise
Sensory corner - I made one in my closet with some blankets and a comfy chair thing, but this can be switched around and made to personal preference
Routine - my bestie and I have dedicated nights for certain things, whether it be watching new episodes of Loki, old reruns of Friends, etc, and this is actually really fun
THINGS TO BUY: a wax melter, so you can get rid of that “new place” smell, a Brita/water purifier, because until you know the water quality/new water taste, best be safe
Blankets and comfort items are a must
Make the new place as homey as possible as quickly as possible: put up wall decor, arrange furniture as soon as possible: the sooner the room looks and feels like you, the more comfy you are
If fidgets are your thing, then keep a couple with you at all times the first few days
Having my bed exactly how I wanted it was really nice the first night
Also, get trash cans/trash bags really quick, as that was an issue for a couple days
Don’t forget socks
Organizing my closet was actually a really nice, soothing activity that calmed me down and let me get into a good headspace
Don’t let dishes pile up, or use disposable stuff, cuz now that’s your problem and it sucks
Lunchables are great if you don’t have pots to cook yet
Tonight’s sensory support was touch, in the form of cleaning the kitchen. Being an adult and all that entails is fucking hard, then add mental illness and a child and it’s even tougher. We are downsizing and moving later this year or early next year. Something I struggle with is taking care of things, my house included. This is a direct result of not being cared for as a child the way a child should be.
Anyhow, I’m very proud of myself that I achieved this clean kitchen. I was so proud of it that I put the picture on Pinterest 😂 (laughing crying emoji).
Image description: photo is of a kitchen with white cupboards that have black handles. Dark grey tiles line the floor which matches the dark grey stone bench top. The walls are grey with white subway tile going half way up the wall. There is an oven tower at the end of the bench. A toaster and jug sit on the bench at one end, the sink sits in the middle of the bench and there is a fake cactus at the other end. A clock sits high on the wall, it has a white face with mint green surround, the time reads six o clock. The window is obscured by a Roman blind that is white with a duck egg blue and light brown flower pattern.
I've been thinking a lot about what bothers me "now," like bright lights, loud noises, certain textures, eye contact, and physical touch... The more I think about it the more I realize these things have bothered me as long as I can remember, which isn't too far back tbh, and I think this whole time I've just been forcing myself to ignore it all because people would tell me to stop overreacting or to stop being a baby.
I will never understand how having sensory issues makes me immature or why we force children to get over things in the first place.
I hate this bright, loud, callous world and its societal pressures.
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