Pile Therapy

Pile Therapy

Is anyone else out there a pile-er?  Any horizontal surface is prime real estate in my habitat for a pile!  And the problem with being a somewhat easy-going person is that once a pile becomes part of the scenery it doesn’t bother me.  At least not until someone is coming over and I look around.  Where did all these piles come from?!?!

Today is the first day of Pile Therapy and embarrassing as it is to show the blogging world my mess, here we go.  The first step is to admit I have a problem right?  Okay, so I have a problem.  I pile stuff.

Step 2: everyday for the next week I will resolve to get rid of one pile.  Hmmm…looking around I see that this may take longer than a week! 

Today’s pile to eliminate is the ledge in the dining room.  It’s homeschool central.  Anything that we use for homeschool and have to clear off in order to reclaim the dinner table gets piled on this ledge.  Looks like we’ll have to find a new home for this stuff!


Check back tomorrow and see the after…I hope!  😉


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  1. yep, another way we’re alike. we have piles ALL OVER, and hard as I try to have “a place for everything”, when you’re in a hurry or exhausted…
    Our piano used to be our “clear the table for dinner” place, but we got rid of the piano, so now it’s been replaced by smaller spaces every where else. I’ve kind of given up on clearing the piles for now… no sooner do I have a space cleared out, it’s being filled again. It’s too exhausting. I keep saying once my youngest is off to school I’ll have some time alone in the house to start clearing the clutter. That’s a few years away…

  2. In Michelle’s defense, her challenge with piles is something she’s come by honestly. Not to overstate the obvious regarding her parents… and grandparents on one side were definitely in “The PILE Zone”; what would you expect in a family of 8 kids!!
    I had piles to the extent I could get away with them. Then at some point, even I would get frustrated and embarrassed, and after a day-long flurry, things would be unpiled and neatly organized. Sometimes, things could stay like that for several hours!

    Same story at work – people always had comments about the appearance of my desk. And everytime there was a holiday, the company had a “clean the desk” rule before going home for the holiday weekend. At least that would ensure we paid attention a few times a year.
    But for me, it just wasn’t enough, in the opinion of my supervisors. An opportunity came up to send me to a class on Office Organizing. The company PAID to send me!!
    The class was primarily aimed at people who were file clerks and office managers – people who’s job was being able to put things away neatly, and find them at a moment’s notice. As I think about it in the context of this blog – Courtney’s attempt to swipe back her kitchen, Michelle’s discovery that 1 set of dishes has its advantages… you guys probably would have enjoyed the day-long class and gotten some good ideas.

    The ONE thing I took away from the class – Michelle’s post here made me remember. One part of the class was filing – how to organize, where and how to store – and why things are in file drawers or hanging systems… what works easily and what doesn’t, and appearances too. The closing phrase was,

    If it’s vertical, it’s a file.
    If it’s horizontal, it’s a pile.

    ummm… I think I better stop right here!!!

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  7. I’m a piler … but my husband makes mountains. I can’t keep a surface cleaned off for more than 5 minutes! LOL
    He’s been unemployed for 4 years … so I don’t ever get a break to get ahead of him anymore. Yikes!

    Add those piles to mine and 4 kids … wonder why we have drawers, because those are always half empty!

    Thanks for reminding me to look around and notice the piles!

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