STYLE Savvy: Piles

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Piles. On the dining room table. On the counter. On the desk.

Again.

As an I need to see it/drop and run person, I’m pretty sure I will never lead a pile-free existence. But, knowing this, I also know there are strategies I can use to keep the piles at bay or under control. Here are three of them.

Pick up as I go. When I’m tired and/or overwhelmed, I have to work a lot harder to overcome my drop and run organizational style. Knowing this, I also know that I need to make it a point to pick up as I go or finish one thing before beginning another, so piles don’t get started in the first place. If my night owl self can’t manage this when I drop a pile onto the table before I go to bed, my next recourse should be to pick it up and put it where it belongs as early as possible the next day.

Play to my strengths. 
If I’m going to start a pile (and, let’s face it, as someone with an I need to see it personal style, it’s pretty much inevitable that will happen sometimes), I need to keep them as under control as possible. Keeping the piles small (and therefore easy to attack) and/or minimal keeps things looking neater. Even better, choosing a brightly colored and/or labeled folder or container in which to house my pile(s) keeps things looking more organized and still calls out to me to tackle what’s inside.

Give it five! 
When piles emerge, as they inevitably will, chipping away at them a little at at time can help keep things under control. Taking just five minutes to sort and/or consolidate piles can help to ensure that they don’t take over all of the flat surfaces in my house.

I wish I could make the acquisition of piles in my house a zero-sum game, but that’s just not realistic. Knowing this is the case, I need to make sure to do all I can within my styles to be the master of my piles rather than letting them take over. Luckily, a combination of prevention, preparation, and attack can help me to do just that.


Copyright 2019 Lisa Hess

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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 Catholicmom.com. 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.

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