Have you ever tried to clean up something so cluttered that you literally couldn’t find a place to start?
This happened to me with a friend’s desk, in college. I thought I’d start by collecting all her notebooks into one stack. But I picked up a few notebooks, and all the others were under stacks of other things. I couldn’t get them out with one hand, and there wasn’t enough empty space to put down the beginnings of the stack of notebooks, either, not without it sliding around and falling over. I just didn’t have enough hands or enough empty spaces to start organizing.
This is what sensory overload is like for me, and often also what my language problems are like. I don’t have enough mental hands to hold all the information I need.