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The 3-Step Method to Help You Prioritize Your Organizing Goals

The 3-Step Method to Help You Prioritize Your Organizing Goals

Are you full of ideas on how to get organized but never seem to get started?

Have you identified various spaces in your home that need some organizing love but have yet to act on them?

Do you have oodles of Pinterest boards devoted to organizing solutions, but haven't tried nary a one?


What's so hard is trying to decide which organizing goal to pursue. 

Here's a 3-step strategy that may help... Let's QEP it out!

  •  Is it Quick?
  •  Is it Easy?
  •  Will it boost my Productivity?

These are the 3 questions you should be asking yourself to determine the next organizing goal, project or task you should be working on! 


Here are some examples of how to use this filter...

  1. Weeding through my recipe collection may be easy, but with 6 binders to go through it won't be quick and I'm pressed for time.
  2. Finding a new to-do list app will probably improve my productivity, but I'm horrible with figuring out technology so it won't be easy
  3. Shredding my junk mail each night is quick, but it takes away my productive time to be making dinner. 

Do you see how going through this 3-step process can help you better determine what you should be focusing on and how you'll get the most bang for your buck?


Too often people make poor choices about what to focus their time and energy on to improve the organization in their environment.

Their selections are typically based on their own biases and whether something is NEW, CLEVER or FUN. These tactics will make you feel good but won't make you more productive in the long run.


Now it's not to say that your other organizing goals shouldn't be acted upon, it's just that by asking these 3 questions will help you narrow down what needs priority first. You can focus on the other stuff after the important things are taken care of.


Will the QEP method work for you?




Categories: Motivation, Home Organizing


  • I like the idea of QEP...and as Seana said, the concrete examples. I'm not 100% sure that it's applicable in all situations, but it's certainly an interesting methodology to consider. I can think of many instances working with clients where the organizing goal is neither quick or easy, but it is desired by them. In those cases, we sometimes start with something easier to get into an organizing success rhythm and then work our way up to the more time-consuming and more emotionally-taxing goals.
    2/20/2017 7:46:30 PM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: I appreciate the feedback, Linda. And I agree with you that when working with our clients we often need to start small with a QEP-worthy task in order to gain the momentum to tackle the bigger things.
      2/21/2017 2:36:01 PM Reply
  • Great questions to ask, especially the time one! I find that people, me included, are not all that good at estimating our time and tend to overestimate or underestimate the time it will take to complete a task. With skewed time estimations we often don't attempt to work towards a goal because of the perceived lack of time we have. But if we will realign our thinking then we might be able to get more done! Wonderful post!
    2/20/2017 12:00:20 PM Reply
    • @Liana George: I couldn't agree with you more about the timing piece. It's such a huge factor in decision making, but one we frequently overlook. I think Geralin Thomas said it best that a timer is the best organizing tool!
      2/21/2017 2:34:27 PM Reply
  • My husband and I were talking a while back and I asked him, how does he allocate his different tasks during the day. He told me he allocates his tasks in increments of 1 hour. I looked at him dumbfounded. I proceeding to tell him that I allocate tasks in 15-minute increments. No wonder why I get more tasks finish than he does.
    2/20/2017 9:39:40 AM Reply
    • @Sabrina Quairoli: Wow! What a stark contrast between you and your husband. Sounds like you're both doing what works for how you each function best. As long as progress is being made, who cares how fast you go, right?!
      2/21/2017 2:33:09 PM Reply
  • This is an interesting approach! As Seana says, sometimes we have to tackle tasks that don't meet these criteria, but this provides an excellent starting point. Definitely something to keep in mind!
    2/20/2017 9:32:21 AM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: Thanks for chiming in, Janet. Yes, there will be some projects that won't always fit the QEP formula, but hopefully, this tactic can help in giving folks enough of a nudge to get started somewhere (anywhere!) on their organizing goals.
      2/21/2017 2:31:57 PM Reply
  • This is a great tool to help prioritize projects Sarah! I often have a list a mile long (either written down or in my head) and sometimes it's hard to decide what to do next. This will definitely help me choose. Thanks!
    2/20/2017 9:16:23 AM Reply
    • @Hilda Rodgers: Thanks for the positive feedback, Hilda! Don't we all have those endless task lists?! Ugh!
      2/21/2017 2:30:23 PM Reply
  • I like that you give specific examples... makes the concepts tangible. Periodically (or with help!) we may need to schedule time to tackle those tasks that are a bit more difficult or time consuming, but there are likely some projects you can start on that fit the QEP criteria; make at least some progress and build your confidence!
    2/17/2017 4:15:11 PM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: Thanks for the input, Seana! Yes, this is meant as a jumping-off point to help you take that first baby step of your organizing journey. And I'm glad you found the examples helpful.
      2/21/2017 2:29:25 PM Reply

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