02 Feb

I set a goal for myself to get through the stack of magazines that have been piling up on my chair.

I didn’t put an end date on it, I just made it a goal to get through them. Sometime or other.  But they continue to arrive in the mail each month, before I’ve had a chance to finish, or even start, the last one, so at this rate…  well, whatever…

Reading them isn’t necessarily a chore for me, but often I will put other things first:  blogging, running, baking, cleaning pinning.

But today, I decided to get through at least one magazine.

I dug to the bottom of my stack and came up with my oldest Redbook magazine.  As I was reading, I came across an article titled “What Your Mess Says About You.”

I’m a mess, so I was anxious to read all about it.

The first description was about “Pilers”

The article stated:  “Pilers tend to be efficient organizers, because they know to put the most important stuff on top and can quickly find things.”

I nodded as I read, proud of the fact that I actually have a title.

I am a PILER.


My book is on the very top.  Not because it’s the most important, but mainly because if it was in between or on the bottom, everything else would slide off.  (I know from experience.  Only took me a few times of cleaning up spilled bills to learn that the book must go on top.)

My book DOES, however, contain my most pertinent stuff.  Bills that are close to being due, notes that need almost immediate attention, dates that I don’t want to forget, all get stacked together and “bookmarked”, so to speak.  Anytime I sit down to read, I remove my bookmarks, and I’m reminded of the things I need to get to.  Soon.

Under my book are various papers: school notes, subscription renewals, the propane bill (I have yet to open that one ’cause it scares me), torn out recipes from previous magazines, and my resume folder that needs to be refiled. At the bottom of the pile are my unread magazines.

This pile rests on my bar stool if I’m away, and gets moved to the bar, if I sit down.  With each passing day it seems to get heavier, but I think that’s just the burden I feel of knowing I should be going through it as I push it aside to make room for my computer.

I feel a little better knowing that my organization style made the list, however.  Heck.  It even made number one!

And it’s true.  When Mario needs her picture forms, or I need to find the water bill, or Chip forgets when his hair appointment is, I go to my pile.  And within seconds I have pulled out what they are looking for.

“Typically, pilers are intuitive, practical, down-to-earth, and more relaxed.”

Yeah.  That’s a pretty good description of me. I won’t be worrying any more about having a pile of stuff on my chair….

Especially since it’s better than being a Big Banger.

“Big Banger – People who let a huge mess build up and then spend days cleaning it”

I am definitely NOT one of them.  I would never spend days cleaning anything.


Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Blunders, Everyday Living, Humor


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16 responses to “En-titled

  1. Sandi

    February 2, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    uh-oh, I’m a big banger!

    • shadowrun300

      February 3, 2013 at 12:00 am

      And you admit it so freely! lol
      I’m sure there are many others in your category. And it’s a much better title than “piler”….. 😉

  2. territerri

    February 3, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Hmmm… I’m a piler too. I guess I can stop feeling guilty about it! I might be a bit of a big-banger too, but only in certain respects. What’s visible in the house is regularly maintained. But please don’t look in the walk-in closet! (And when I decide to tackle it, I’ll spend an entire day if I have to, but DAYS? No.)

    • shadowrun300

      February 3, 2013 at 1:14 am

      Perhaps you have a little bit of “Stuffer” in you too. People who cram things into drawers and closets. Or maybe you’re a “Constrainer” – one who typically has just one room that’s a disaster area. The mess is tucked away in a space that isn’t visible or accessible to others….
      Mario is a “Strewer” 100%

      • territerri

        February 3, 2013 at 1:16 am

        STREWER! Haha! I love it! Jake is a strewer.

        And yes… I’m a bit of a stuffer too. 😦

  3. Abby

    February 3, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Well, it’s nice to have a name to the disorder! I think I’m a Piler too (really, we need a better name). Reading these descriptions, I think I’m a Piler living with a bunch of Big Bangers.

    • shadowrun300

      February 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I’ve told you before… you should have tried one more time for a “strewer”. It worked for me!

  4. agg79

    February 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I think I am somewhere between a stuffer and a big banger. I have my piles, but I feel bad about them. And let’s not even want to talk about my drawers.

    • shadowrun300

      February 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Surprisingly, my kitchen drawers are fairly organized. Anytime I put something away, I straighten them up a little. My sock drawer is a different story…
      My husband is a minimalist, so he’s pretty good at keeping the “Constrainer” in me at bay. Otherwise our basement storage area would be a wreck ALL the time.

  5. meleah rebeccah

    February 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I am a Piler! Hooray for Team Organized!

    • shadowrun300

      February 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Really? I’m on the same team as Meleah, the cleaning fanatic? I feel even better about my pile now! 🙂

  6. Rock Chef

    February 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Hm, my piles are more like “heaps”, built up in geological layers of strata…

    • shadowrun300

      February 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      I know! And with each layer, the burden I feel gets heavier and heavier. But it’s how I roll….
      Hubby, on the other hand, NEVER has a pile. It drives him crazy that the rest of us do.

  7. The Thin Lady Inside

    February 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    LOL! I don’t make piles, I don’t know what I do… I am very disorganized… but hubby isn’t …. he’s the king of organization! have you ever watched the show “Hoarders” and how this “professional organizers and cleaner specialists” come and help them? I’ve told hubby he should be one of those! HE is amazing! I just love it! Because it’s almost an art! I need him in my life, or I would be utter chaos, he organizes in such a way that you don’t feel pressured, intimidated or insulted, he just has this wonderful ability of organizing it all… even your thoughts…. he makes you see “the light” … of course we, disorganized people (not dirty people! Because there’s a big difference between dirty and disorganized, am I right?), have wonderful traits too! we’re most of the times, witty, spontaneous and it’s part of our beautiful randomness! it’s pretty cool! LOL! Good job Mrs. Piler! 🙂 You made it to the list 😀

    • shadowrun300

      February 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      I don’t FEEL disorganized. I know where everything is. It’s just LOOKS unorganized. My hubby is great at knocking things out as soon as they arrive, so nothing gets piled up. And if it’s a date he has to remember, he puts it on his iPad, and throws the paper away. The kids are very much like me, and he’s always on their case to be more organized. I, on the other hand, have a little more patience with them. Hard to knock others for something you do yourself. 🙂
      It’s great that we have our hubbies to help balance us out. Can you imagine if we were both a mess?


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