Strategies for Those with a Drop and Run Organizational Style

"Strategies for those with a drop and run organizational style" by Lisa Hess (

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Drop and run organizers are often busy, busy, busy. Running from one task to another, they tell themselves they’ll put something away later, when they have more time, but, before they know it, piles are encroaching.


As always, the key is to work with the style in question to make it as easy to put something away as it is to put it down.

  • When it comes to organizing, those with the drop and run organizational style benefit from open storage. Lids and multi-step systems are unnecessary barriers to putting things where they belong. Aim to make it just as easy to drop things where they belong before running to the next thing as it is to drop them where they don’t belong by choosing containers that make this possible. This simple choice not only improves the look of a space, but also makes staying organized (almost) effortless.
  • When it comes to list-making, drop and run organizers benefit from “dropping” an idea onto a list before running to the next thing on the schedule. Creating lists on a medium that travels with you, whether it’s your phone or a pad of paper tucked into a bag, makes it more likely that you’ll remember appointments and other to-dos, and, more important, you’ll know where to find them.
  • As for goal-setting, the drop and run organizer is likely to need something to help him or her stay focused. Used to operating out of piles, the drop and run organizer is in danger of starting down one path only to be lured onto another by tempting materials nearby. Setting daily goals via a to-do list and keeping long-term goals close by can help keep distraction under control.
If you’re a drop and run organizer, what key ideas do you swear by? Share in the comments below.
For more ideas on the drop and run organizational style, check out my original post here.

Copyright 2017 Lisa Hess

About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.


  1. This is a great article! It takes a very practical approach to this method of organizing, and it gives encouragement to keep going without judging those who use this method. I’m a drop and run organizer, and this is the boost that I need to tackle the pile that has come up in my front hall. I didn’t think about removing the lids from things, that is a great plan! I have our baskets lined up under a bench, and they have lids, since we found that having to pull out baskets on a shelf made one more set that we just didn’t do. Lids off this weekend and here we go!

  2. Thanks for commenting, Catherine — I’m so glad you found the post useful! I’m especially glad that you felt energized and not judged. Most of us are more organized than we think we are, and it’s amazing what a simple change can do. I, too, am a drop and run organizer — I think a lot of busy people are — and I’m on a constant quest to make it work for me instead of against me. I hope you’ll come back and share your basket successes with us!!

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