Sep 232014

Despite being capable of complex and efficient organizational systems, dyslexic people who do not live and work completely alone (probably most) may have difficulty interacting with non-dyslexic people who cannot see how their system works. This can lead to chaos when the dyslexic thinker attempts to force themselves into an unnatural organizational system, or friction between the dyslexic who is trying to stay organized and the non-dyslexic who sees only a mess. Fortunately, it is possible for a dyslexic thinker to make some simple adaptations which produce an appearance that is more acceptable to the non-dyslexic viewer.

One of the simplest of these is “Container Camouflage.” Look around your room/office etc., and observe where you naturally want to put things (3D, not just 2D). Don’t “clean up” first, since that will just confuse the issue. Wherever you see the largest concentrations of closely related objects, put containers. Make sure the containers allow for 3D placement, and that they interrupt established sight lines as little as possible. Wire cube shelves may be a good choice for things that feel like they should be higher up, while bins and baskets can be good for the things you wish you could pile on the floor. Non-dyslexic thinkers tend to assume that things in containers are “neat,” thus, adding otherwise unnecessary containers can create a happier work/home situation.

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