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Did you get Stacked?



Ha! Got your attention.  This is a “G” rated blog.

Now lets deal with your stacks.

In many houses there are stacks of stuff that accumulate in certain areas.
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Do you have stacks of stuff on the dining table? Do you have to unearth your washer to do the laundry? You know there is a desk under there but you haven’t seen the top of it since you don’t know when?

You are not alone. To solve this problem we have to determine what is the root cause of the problem.

The why, Where and What if?

  • Where do your stacks start?
  • Why does that particular spot that attract stacks of stuff?
  • What if we changed that spot by making it easy to put stuff away or out of sight?

Let’s look at why things stack up where they do.

We had a problem at one house because the kitchen was connected to the garage and the kitchen table was right there. That table was our where as it was Perfect landing spot for mail, jackets, keys and work stuff..

Why did that happen? Because it was the first flat surface when we walked thru the door everyday. ARGH!! key-hole-360646_960_720
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Our what if was solved by placing an antique dresser with lots of drawers in the kitchen area. We had a drawer for mail. A drawer for work papers and folders, one was perfect for keys and Mr. Man’s wallet. We added a charger station in one and that is where all the electronics went. Our stacks when in a drawer and were out of sight but easy to access every morning. It was perfect and we still had drawers for kitchen linens.

Also, in our office we strategically placed a trashcan and a shredder. I always knew where the mail was and when I was ready to deal with it. I pulled it mail out of the dresser drawer and dealt with it. Sensitive stuff was shredded immediately; trash and junk mail was easy to dispose of. We added file folders so that when those things came in we needed to keep there was a place to file them away immediately. By having a folder ready I had no excuse not to file it. I kept supplies in the file drawer so when I needed to add a folder it was easy.

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Photo by Lisa Zoe

The secret to not having piles around is to find out why they happen. Then fix it. Make it easy to deal with those piles and they will not stack up on you.

Were are your Stacks and Why do thing stack up there?

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I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

21 thoughts on “Did you get Stacked?

  1. 🙂 Were you talking to me?
    My, oh, my, this sounds just like me. Just like us.
    Our table is FULL of stacks. The only problem is: WHERE do I put a cabinet in which I can put all the stuff into. That’s the problem we’ve had ever since we moved into this place.
    One of these days we’ll find a solution.
    Great post!
    Have a very HAPPY week 🙂

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    1. Can you hang something on the wall? Possible to remove the table? Swap a room? Since your table is full of stacks does that mean you don’t use the table? I did a sitting area in the “Breakfast nook” for a client instead of a table and chairs.

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      1. 🙂 Thanks for your help, but neither is possible. We could only put a cupboard or some sort of treasure chest in another room. And then you know what will happen: everything will go back on the table 😀

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  2. I am good about piles in the main part of the house (but not perfect) – it’s my office where they start to accumulate. And it really is an issue of not having a particular place for things. I’m going to do a little work on this, this afternoon, so hopefully it will make a difference!

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  3. Our coffee table is landing zone for all the mail, since it’s two feet from the front door. There are probably junk mail coupons buried into the stack of papers on that table from a year ago! But after reading your article “Are You Facing a Paper Avalanche,” me and that coffee table are gonna have a nice little paper-shredding party tonight.


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