I confess it. I am a stackaholic. My idea of filing is to put one piece of paper on top of another. There’s a good side, of sorts. I can usually find what we need fairly quickly. However, sometimes my stacks threaten to become landslides.
Flat Surfaces: This is my downfall. Flat surfaces were created so I could put things on them. It’s a simple enough philosophy, but the rest of those who live with me do not approve. As I write, I am on a laptop computer at my kitchen table. Besides the stuff I need to write and operate the computer, there are three juice bottles, two novels, some ad circulars, the box of trash bags, a canister of flour, my roasting pan and two telephones.
I am told that flat surfaces have other functions than to hold the stuff I don’t know where to put. Some of them don’t have an “away” yet. This means, to be honest, that I have too much stuff. That is one area I’m going to concentrate on…finding homes for all lost items.
Mess Magnets: My father came up with this theory, and it is true. Until I put the laptop on the kitchen table, it was set up pretty much like anyone’s kitchen table would be…ready to be set for dinner. Add the laptop and it automatically draws all these other things to it as if it were a magnet.
The ideal answer is to find mess magnets before they do too much damage. The sooner something is put where it belongs, the less likely it is to call more items to get in your way and encourage stackaholism.
A Little at a Time: This is actually a good idea. Most stackaholics will wait until it becomes an extreme ordeal to get things put to rights. That’s not the wisest choice. I read in a book (one given to me by family members who would like me to improve) that Mr. Vernon is cleaned and cared for a little bit at a time but on a definite schedule. I did try it, but soon backslid. While I was trying it, it did seem true.
Get Help: Really, this is the most important thing a stackaholic can do. Find a friend or family member who can help you find places to put things, convince you to toss things that are no longer useful and otherwise put your house in order. They may even be able to show you a real filing system.
I almost wish there was such an organization. Weight Watchers, AA, NA and other organizations work to make significant and needed changes for their members. We could use a little of the same help and support.