Client was at the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. She kept notes hanging up everywhere so she could remember important information. The problem was that she had so much information hanging up that it turned from useful information to overwhelmingly visual clutter. She had not ever used file folders or her file cabinet for years and instead used the floor and counters for paper storage. I think her reasoning again was that being able to see all of her papers would help her remember what she needed to do.
We organized her paperwork, discarding the irrelevant papers and developed a file system for her children so that they could keep track of the important policies for their mom. After taking the important papers were safe, we left a few hanging paper reminders for mom. We also made her a desktop file system with the papers she needed so that she could still experience some sense of control.